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Ugh, there’s still a year to go….

November 15, 2011

There are many reasons why I hate the length of American presidential campaigns — not the least of which is the banality of most political journalism — and quite frankly I haven’t been paying much attention to any of the current campaigns. But these two clips below do suggest that long campaigns — and the thousand or so debates — may produce some benefit. With each passing day Cain, Perry, and Bachmann reveal more of their amateurishness and that they really are not fit to be president. Yet, all three had significant populist surges that might have created far different dynamics in a condensed cycle. So, on that score, I guess we can thank the never-ending campaign process. Still, I’m pretty sure I’ll be tuning it all out again tomorrow — there’s still a year to go. Ugh…

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Jon Western has spent the last fifteen years teaching IR in liberal arts colleges at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges in western Massachusetts. He has an eclectic range of intellectual interests but often writes on international security, U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, and human rights. He occasionally shares his thoughts about professional life in liberal arts colleges. In his spare time he coaches middle school soccer, mentors the local high school robotics team, skis, and sails.