A Campaign Treading Water
After all the public hand-wringing over when, if ever,
It's like the long interlude in World War II after the 1939 Nazi blitzkrieg of
It's true that both Romney and President Obama are venturing onto the campaign trail trying out their themes, while trying to avoid the inevitable potholes in the road that probably will have been forgotten by
Who will be voting then against Romney because he is alleged now to have hazed a prep school classmate for dying his hair blond? And who will be rejecting Obama then because he allegedly had to be pushed now into coming out in support of same-sex marriage?
The likely determinant of the election's outcome will be the state of the economy in early November. It will be measured by most voters in terms of the unemployment rate then and the public perception of what Obama has or has not done to put America's jobless and underemployed back to living-wage work.
So in a real sense, this year's presidential campaign is a captive of the economic climate, and it will take more than Romney's schoolboy antics and Obama's tentative reassurances to tip the scale one way or the other.
As we head into late spring and summer ahead, more attention is being paid to the one question that customarily draws the interest of voters and armchair campaign managers at this time: Who will be the running mates?
Although the president has already indicated that Vice President
Among the Republicans, however, a genuine sifting through the tea leaves is going on over which of the available
It is, indeed, the first serious decision a presidential nominee is called on to make, and it has not always been made in a way to give credit to the maker. With nearly one-third of all American presidents having first been a vice president, and eight having achieved it via constitutional succession, the call is no laughing matter. This is so despite all the guffaws that only four years ago greeted
The nominees always say they are looking for the person "most qualified to be president." Romney has an opportunity during the current lull to enhance his own qualifications for president, by not similarly making a joke out of his selection of the individual to whom the heavy responsibilities of the presidency could pass, if destiny were to so dictate. And voters should take how he addresses this decision into consideration when casting their ballots in November.
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