Primary Election; Secondary Choices

Things just got a lot less interesting in the presidential race.  Too many polls, too much effort guessing the outcomes, and way too much spin have quickly taken us from the most interesting part of this primary season to the most boring.  The Republicans have resigned themselves to John McCain.  Whether we like it or not, he will be the nominee.  On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama have turned what started out as he could spark filled debate and turned it into a love fest for themselves.  Super Tuesday did not produce eventual nominees.  But the aftermath did.

The Democratic nominee may not be decided until the convention later this summer.  But that may not make things more interesting until then.  The candidates have to be careful not to inflict too much injury upon one another and in return destroy themselves and their candidacies.  In order for the November election to fall to their favor, they would have to get the nation's attention turned to the Iraq war and foster interest in making that the number one issue on America's mind.  It we know from history that voters make their selection for candidates based on how the economy is doing.  If things are not doing well, foreign-policy falters.  Opposition to the war will not matter, no matter how strongly felt.  The reason is: we are in the war.  The matter how much we may dislike it, and no matter how much it is costing us, the situation we have gotten ourselves in, as a country cannot be resolved in a day.  The troops will not be coming home on January 20, like the hostages did in 1981.

On the Republican side, there is even more unrest.  Conservatives do not like their candidate, yet they failed to pick a favorite from the choices we had at the beginning of the year.  Many Republicans will have to hold their nose and vote.  No matter who it is that we select on either side.  They're trying to look forward while focusing in the rearview mirror.  With McCain, will the war go on forever?  Will it go on for four more years?

What above the other issues?  It seems like we are trying to avoid monetary policy, energy policy, taxes, and education while trying to steer our attention towards immigration and Iraq.  Other nations and trade with other nations doesn't seem to be making a dent.  Are things going well enough in the other areas, or do we just not care enough?

With a choice being only liberals this year, will there be a focus on discovery and implementation of new fuels?  Where will our energy come from?  We collectively hate to fossil fuels and sending billions of dollars every day to the middle east.  But as we learn more about biofuels, and ethanol, those seem to be creating more problems than they are solving.  They cost too much to generate, and burning them produces more carbon dioxide and using the fuels.  We currently are burning.  And of course, politically, this can all be summed up with the one familiar phrase.  It is the force that melts the glaciers and piles of snow in our streets.  It causes all the rain and future storms that we will be experiencing this spring and summer along with all the drought.  It causes the extinction of the polar bear, and the overpopulation of the mosquito.  Is it global warming?  I don't know, the phrase is now climate change caused by man.

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