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Wishing To Keep Politics out of my Vacation

Here I sit in my hotel in Miami, our departure delayed. It’s a bit cooler than yesterday, regrettably too chilly (& windy) to go out on the beach. I supposed I should use this time to say something about the campaign. I mean, it was all over FoxNews when I switched on the TV while packing. I’m sure the other news networks are similarly satured with campaign coverage.

Even though the Iowa caucus is upon us, I really don’t want to think about politics right now. A friend of mine messaged me while I was checking e-mail and asked me what I thought about the coming cauci in Iowa. I replied I was on vacation, not really thinking all that much about politics.

In a previous post, the most political thing I wrote while on vacation, I indicated I would attempt to blog on Jack Goldsmith’s book The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration. I even packed the book (along with some related print-outs) so I might refer to it in my post. I barely cracked the cover.

I’m just not as focused on the topic as I normally am, more interested in spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and reading the pulp fantasy novel I was reading (and searching (alas unsuccesfully) for its sequel to read on my return).

Right now, it just doesn’t seem the time to focus on politics. Maybe after I get back and unpack, my mind will be there.

And here I am a blogger who writes frequently about politics. If I’m not as interested at this time of year as I normally am, what does that say about the interest level of the average voter in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere?

It seems right now, even after the first of the year that most people would rather focus on family and friends than on politics. It’s too bad so many states were so eager to move up their primaries and cauci, pushing states that normally voted–or caucused–in February to the first days of the new year.

As a result, they attempted to politicize the holidays, turning off even those who, as yours truly, enjoys following the give and take of the political season, talking about it and writing about it.

– B. Daniel Blatt (



  1. I cast my first vote for president in 1960. I have been a keen observer of national politics ever since.

    The Democrats and the MSM decided to start a year early with their campaigning and phony television debates. The Reblicans followed their lead. In prior times, people didn’t announce until October and those who jumped the gun by too much withered early from over-exposure.

    Over-exposure in politics is when the candidate shows himself to be a one-trick pony and the galleries are no longer much interested in watching the trick for the umpteenth time.

    I liken this primary run-up to watching the Daytona 500. The spills and thrills keep you watching, but around and around they go and there is lots of time for beer and hot dogs until the final laps begin.

    I think Fred Thompson was smart to stay out of the early stuff. Those warm up laps don’t count and as of today, few can remember anything of them. Even trooping through Iowa is a colossal waste of time except for one thing: Most of us donors don’t write our checks in the courtship stage….so showing well in Iowa is good financially.

    Nearly all my friends are luke warm and really bored with the silly season so far. No Democrat running could get my vote. That is how anti-socialism I am. But, aside from Thompson and Hunter, no Republican running is dedicated to free market solutions to problems that give life and meaning to the socialist saprophytes.

    Perhaps I will head out to Wal-Mart and stop every third person and ask him when the Iowa caucus will take place.

    As in past years, this thing will start to get interesting sometime in mid-March.

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