Trump Is Why Election Season Takes Forever
Many complain about the length of election season, but the drawn out calendar exposes candidates unfit for the presidency.
The first primary debates were last October (!) and media speculation began long before that. It feels like forever, vacuuming up an immense amount of money and attention.
But the upside is that it reveals how the candidates act in a prolonged, stressful situation in the national spotlight, and gives voters a chance to get over novelties.
Trump’s shtick is wearing thin, even for people who got a kick out of it at first. Sure, he’ll retain many supporters, but the long election calendar forces everyone to see who he really is.
Adding a reality TV element spiced up the Republican debates. But attacking Jeb Bush is different than denigrating the parents of a dead American war hero.
Republican officials, like Paul Ryan and John McCain, who thought they could just run out the clock until Election Day, have to answer questions about Trump over and over and over, and that doesn’t happen with a short election season.
The non-partisan political media is obsessed with appearing balanced. The Washington Post, Politico, and others, desperate to prove they’re not slanted like Fox or MSNBC, run R said D said, both-sides-have-a-point coverage of any controversial issue. They print opinions from Republican and Democratic loyalists, and their editorials try to criticize both parties equally.
Trump made that farcical, and as more prominent media figures openly criticized him, others felt comfortable dropping the neutrality act.
Yes, election season is annoyingly long. It’s also long enough to force everyone to really think about what would happen if Donald Trump became president.
To see that he wasn’t just playing a part during primary season.
To convince party operatives that they can’t control him, and that working for him might ruin their careers, rather than advance them.
To compare Trump to Mitt Romney, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and to realize there’s a big difference between a politician you don’t like, and a know-nothing demagogue who should never be given power.