Saturday, February 17, 2007
The Permanent Campaign
It's not often I find myself in agreement with Newt Gingrich. But here's one time that I do:
I think the current process of spending an entire year running in order to spend an entire year running in order to get sworn in in January 2009 is stupid, Gingrich said...
We live in an age of iPods, cell phones with cameras, blackberries, laptop computers, blogs, television, 24-hour radio. You should be able to have a national campaign make a serious decision for president in nine weeks.
I don't know about nine weeks. But eighty-nine weeks and $500 million (that's the estimate of what each of the two eventual candidates will have spent between the primaries and general election) seem like a big waste of time, money and energy. Campaigning is a full-time job, and most of the candidates are already on the government payroll, ostensibly to govern. Unfortunately, this trend is probably only going to get worse.