Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of politics in general, but election years highlight the worst features and bring them to the forefront.
The candidates don’t talk about anything. At first they discuss some of the issues, but eventually, it just ends up becoming smear campaigns, first between same party nominees and then across party lines. And if they do get elected, the inaugural speech is just as shallow and noncommittal. Why not make claims and tackle the prominent issues of the day?
Super-pacts might seem great, but they just get in the way. At best, they could run the smear campaigns while the candidates actually handled the issues, but instead, no one discusses anything of import and instead attempts to through the best parties and schmooze the most people so they can win the election where they will then “do something” (I just wish I knew what).
At least Newt Gingrich has a plan: By the end of his second term we’ll have a colony on the moon. See, that’s the sort of concrete plan I can get behind (you know, if it dealt with foreign policy, rising gas prices, or health care reform).
I think we need to get away from the smear campaigns and the grand standing. It doesn’t seem like America really cares all that much about a person’s background/personal life. After all, Bill Clinton is still well liked and popular as a President/former-President and he had an affair in-office (literally?).
Clearly, we need candidates who will discuss the current issues and who are willing to actually do something while in office. Whoever seems best able to do that during the hoopla of election year will get my vote (hopefully, this year’s inaugural speech will actually lay out some term goals or say something more than “yes we can”).