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November 19, 2012

Time to move on after grueling campaign season


The campaign had many highlights and just as many lowlights. I loved the 25 GOP debates and always like the drama building up to the naming of a vice presidential candidate. I also enjoy watching both national party conventions. I know they are basically just campaign fluff, but I am glued to them from gavel to gavel.

The lowlights slightly outnumbered the highlights as the campaign dragged on infinitum. And there was a sorry bunch of losers this year. John Kerry, for example. He lost big time.

Hey, you say. He wasn’t even running! I know, but he role-played Romney in the practice sessions leading up to the first debate in October. If the end result, a somnambulant president who almost fell asleep at his podium, was any indication of Kerry’s debate practice skills, well, I’d be pretty embarrassed if I were him.

Mitt Romney’s lead surrogate, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, also lost this year. Every time he faced a live camera, many of us scratched our heads trying to think who this odd man reminded us of. And then it dawned on us. Sununu morphed right before our eyes into that crazy old uncle of ours who is always the last one to leave at Thanksgiving.

There were many other losers along the pockmarked campaign trail, too. Karl Rove, the “architect” of the GOP right, for example. The last time he was seen he was heard bleating, “We won! We won!” as pretty Megyn Kelly gently guided him by the arm out the back door of the Fox News studio. And Donald Trump? Cue the laugh track.

The Democrats had their flops along the way, too. Can you imagine how it felt to be Jim Messina, President Obama’s campaign manager, when he saw Joe Biden on television giving a speech? Imagine the kind of cardiac acrobatics Messina’s heart went through when Biden wandered off script and said, “Now, let me tell you somethin’ folks ... “ I’m sure you could hear every exaggerated deep gulp squeaking out of every tightened throat in the campaign office deep within the White House.

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