With the close of the Beijing Olympics, we now return to our regularly scheduled election season. In the United States, the pinnacle of our quadrennial extravaganza to select a new president reaches its zenith, not with the counting of the chads in November and into December, but with the political conventions of both parties in late summer.
The Democrats are up this week and following right on their heels are the Republicans next week. This has been what seems to be an abnormally long presidential primary and campaign. But then again, Barack Hussein Obama has been running for president since shortly after delivering the keynote address at the previous Democratic convention in 2004 which is longer than he has been a U.S. Senator. And maverick John McCain has been in the running since about 1973 when he was released from captivity as a POW in North Vietnam.
The Democrats have anointed Joe Biden as their vice-presidential candidate. Biden has been described this past weekend as a "kinda" nice guy with shoot-from-the-hip interrogation tactics and a keen eye toward foreign diplomacy. Just remember that he has been in the Senate longer than McCain and Obama combined and that makes him just another professional politician, easier for him because he has a short commute from Delaware to Washington every day on AMTRAK. We have to wonder, how long will it take before he shoots off some vitriol and embarrasses the ticket?
Forgive us for being less than enthusiastic about the whole campaign at this time, but it seems it has gone on forever and we've known who the parties' candidates would be for quite awhile. Couldn't both parties save the expense of the conventions and use the money for something useful, like more presidential political ads? No, wait, bad idea go ahead and have the conventions, please. Heck, while you're at it, rent INVESCO Field in Denver for Barack's latest change-for-the-sake-of-change speech tonight, just so he can play to a larger crowd than in the convention hall.