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Election 2012 Is Just Boring

Richard Cohen: It's all about the economy, so why bother?
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2012 1:09 PM CDT
Election 2012 Just Sucks
It's a boring election, writes Richard Cohen.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – We're in the midst of a race to decide the future of our country, yet somehow it's managed to be unbelievably boring at the same time. In fact, "if the presidential campaign were a TV program, it would have been canceled by now," writes Richard Cohen in the Washington Post. The key problem is that the election hinges on the economy. "If it improves, Barack Obama will win; if it worsens, Mitt Romney will win," Cohen writes. Romney knows this, and is happy "not to make waves."

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It seems as though the campaign is "being conducted by men who will not—or cannot—control events but are waiting for events to control them." What's more, the candidates are "both withdrawn, withholding people." (Yes, Obama has charm, but its effects fade quickly, Cohen writes.) The campaign is like sports now, with a core group of obsessed fans tuning into their favorite channels. The candidates, though, are "just going through the motions" until November. Click through for Cohen's full column. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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