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A Very Bleak Show

This is an election year here in the United States but one may ask whether it really feels like that. Republican loyalists in their “Tea Party” may conjure it as the calm before the storm, but these sound more like pretentious claims. In retrospect, one can observe that in American election history the i ncumbent president has often had the last laugh. But has there been this meek an opposition? Certainly not in one’s r ecent memory. Looking at this election campaign three Cs come to mind – change, charisma and composure.

Will this trend of incumbent presidents retaining offi ce change this time? I think it is a non-factor in the upcoming elections, as it has mostly been in the last three decades even with the most mediocre and, in some cases controversial presidents like Ronald Reagan and George W Bush. The common citizens have not been stimulated by any radical circumstance under the current government to command or demand change. They have had a decent run in the last three years under the Obama administration and the recession years are behind them now. It is well known that the “not poor, not rich” section have been the catalyst for change and they seem to have taken an amicable position towards Obama thus far. This is a key advantage for him.

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