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The American people, and the American mass-media have very short memories. Every four years we forget what happened four years ago.
First, one or both political parties squabble about which candidate is best, with mud being flung in all directions. While this is happening, there is talk about it being the dirtiest primary ever. Then we talk about negative campaigning, how people hate it, but it works, so they do it. The victor(s) emerge from the contest slightly bloodied and muddied, and we all say that the second-place contender ought to be a VP choice.
But then, we wonder, how could they possibly reconcile after that bruising battle? We forget that George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan buried the hatchet and went onto the same ticket. We forget that every primary battle is messy. And we forget that we forget all about that, once the general election begins.
The next step in this silliness begins once we have a pick for each party. Immediately, we focus on the VP choices. We forget that this choice is seldom made until at or near the respective conventions. So settle in, folks, for a couple of months of wild speculation. . .
Obama, McCain Hunt for Running MatesFinding a running mate tops the summer to-do lists of John McCain and Barack Obama, and each needs to decide what he wants as much as who he wants. . .
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