April 16, 2012
Campaign 2012 Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Anything But Short

Now that the Republican primary is just about over, political junkies cast their eyes ahead to the next seven months, and in many cases, their anticipation is tinged with dread.
Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, we’re pretty sure, is not going to be one of those fun elections — a gleeful free-for-all infused with a sense of passion and possibility. Rather, it’s going to be a life-sucking slog — a mirthless, grinding blitzkrieg of unrelenting negativity.
As you look forward to Nov. 6, the essential characteristics and contours of the campaign you can expect along the way are already clear. It will be:
Expensive: Between two candidates with major blue-chip donor bases, two healthy, determined political parties behind them and a universe of super PACs and other outside groups unleashed by a new campaign-finance landscape, no expense will be spared over the course of this campaign. […]
Negative: Two candidates of whom the public is generally skeptical and a bit weary will devote their energy to tearing one another down, seeking to terrify voters into casting votes for the lesser evil — or just staying home. […]
Long: With each side flush with cash and focused on its opponent, there will be no down time from the presidential campaign in the next six and a half months.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Campaign 2012 Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Anything But Short

Now that the Republican primary is just about over, political junkies cast their eyes ahead to the next seven months, and in many cases, their anticipation is tinged with dread.

Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, we’re pretty sure, is not going to be one of those fun elections — a gleeful free-for-all infused with a sense of passion and possibility. Rather, it’s going to be a life-sucking slog — a mirthless, grinding blitzkrieg of unrelenting negativity.

As you look forward to Nov. 6, the essential characteristics and contours of the campaign you can expect along the way are already clear. It will be:

Expensive: Between two candidates with major blue-chip donor bases, two healthy, determined political parties behind them and a universe of super PACs and other outside groups unleashed by a new campaign-finance landscape, no expense will be spared over the course of this campaign. […]

Negative: Two candidates of whom the public is generally skeptical and a bit weary will devote their energy to tearing one another down, seeking to terrify voters into casting votes for the lesser evil — or just staying home. […]

Long: With each side flush with cash and focused on its opponent, there will be no down time from the presidential campaign in the next six and a half months.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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