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Campaign Fatigue

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On this Presidents Day our thoughts turn to the vigorous campaign that is already underway to become the next President of the United States.

It has started far too soon.

Here it is more than 20 months before the next national election and presidential wannabes are revving up the rhetoric and crisscrossing the nation with an intensity that rivals the waning days of a campaign.

They're going to wear themselves out.

Beyond their personal health, though, KSL worries about the American electorate catching a good case of campaign fatigue and actually disengaging from the process of choosing their leader. How much political posturing with its many conflicting promises and policy shifts can voters endure?

The pundits, the pollsters and the political wonks may have a heyday. With masochistic delight, they'll probably enjoy every minute of the bruising battle. But what about the average American voter? What might happen in Iowa or New Hampshire a year from now, let alone in November 2008, can't hold a candle to who will become the next American Idol.

So, we remind Mitt and Rudy and John, and Hillary and Obama, and a dozen more with visions of presidential grandeur that marathons require a good deal of methodical plodding. Beginning the sprint too soon often means not finishing the race.

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