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The voters deserve betterPosted Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at 3:35 PM
Super Tuesday will be over in a few hours and once again we can count on a constant barrage of whos and ifs leading up to two political events I often find as comical as eventful.
I'm referring to the Democratic National Convention Aug. 25-28 in Denver and the Republican National Conventional about four days later in St. Paul.
Right off the bat I'll plead guilty to being cynical where politics is the subject.
Too often we see on television the crowd shots and a few close shots on certain individuals, sometimes big party officials or celebrities and sometimes people dressed up and acting up just to get on television or else too bombed out of it to know the difference. Some look as if they are at a wild New Year's Eve party rather than taking part in the future of our country.
A few times I've wondered if some area goofed up and sent the village idiot to what should be such an important event.
Excitement is fine. Dedication to a candidate is fine. However, I sometimes find myself wondering how freely the booze has been flowing before they gather in the main hall.
What follows is predictable. Each party brings out a young gun to give a stirring speech. A few celebrities will be paraded before a national television audience.
Then each party will select their presidential candidate and the search begins for a vice-presidential candidate that will hopefully bring something to the ticket and not drag along too much dirty laundry.
Too often we'll see someone selected as a running mate the presidential candidate once talked about as being about as qualified as Paris Hilton.
I close this blog with something I've mentioned for many years and really feel it applies more than ever at this point in time.
Would you feel better if we had more prayer sessions and fewer cocktail parties at really big and important political and corporate meetings?
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.