It’s been too long a campaign already

A Presidential campaign in the United States is much too long. We already know that. In countries like the Great Britain and Canada, elections for Prime Minister last a matter of weeks or maybe months. No more than that.

So we’ve been at it here for about a year, and pretty actively since we began with the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in the first couple of weeks of February. And while the Republican primaries have been the focus of most of the Sturm & Drang this year, it’s clear that the process is wearing on Hillary and Bernie as well.

Michael Cohen, a columnist for the Boston Globe, has noted that the Sanders campaign has become increasingly personal, making some of the personal attacks that Bernie promised to refrain from.

Bernie & HillaryThis week, Hillary had a flash of anger with an environmental protestor, when she told Eva Resnick-Day of Greenpeace at a campaign stop in New York “I am so sick, I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I’m sick of it,” after being confronted about donations she took from big oil companies.[1]

So, the question arises, should Bernie drop out of the Presidential race, and if so when? We all know that mathematically, Sanders has a steep uphill to try to get the nomination. It’s like a lot of Boston Redsox seasons. It’s not impossible for them to make the playoffs, but the odds are sure long. Same thing goes for Sanders.

At the same time, there are a lot of big states that still haven’t voted. Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Indiana, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, California and New Jersey, among a number of smaller states and territories. Shouldn’t these people also have a voice? Even if the outcome is largely decided.

I wish both campaigns could dial it back for a while. There isn’t much about either candidate that we don’t already know, especially for those of us who have been paying attention.

[1] Politifact took a look at this issue. They found that Clinton’s campaign has received $307,561 from people who work for oil and gas interests so far in the presidential race, while the Sanders campaign has received only $53,760. (Corporations cannot donate directly, although they can donate through SuperPACs.) And, SuperPACs supporting Clinton have directly given an additional $25,701. Sanders does not have a super PAC. So far, 97.7 percent of donations from people connected the oil and gas industry have gone to Republicans. But in Clinton’s case, that doesn’t include “bundlers,” fundraisers who collect money from individual donors and bundle the money together for a campaign.

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