"Mom, We're Tired … We Don't Wanna Play Any More … "

“This is too much like work!”

The Democratic presidential candidates will line a stage in Charleston, S.C., tonight for their first official debate.
And already, debate fatigue is setting in.
The Democratic contenders have taken part in three “unofficial” debates this year, on top of numerous other “forums” sponsored by various political constituencies. The schedule is only going to get more demanding: After tonight’s debate, sponsored by CNN and YouTube and the first of six sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, there will be a crush of events, culminating in one week in early August when unofficial debates are planned in Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles

But Honey, I thought you and your little friends wanted to “play politics”. You and your friends were going to have fun pretending you were trying to become the next President of the United States.
But Maaaaaaaamm … Those pesky kids from down the street said they wanted to play too. So we said they could be the media asking us questions. We didn’t think we would have to give honest answers … or at least the same answers to the same questions ALL THE TIME! Having to remember all our liestall talescampaign promises is HARRRD!
Well, your father and I always said that if you don’t tell the truth, it is harder to have to remember the story you told then to say what you honestly feel.

At the end of a recent gathering in Detroit sponsored by the NAACP, former senator John Edwards (N.C.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) were overheard discussing their desire to limit the number of participants in the process, as well as the number of debates themselves.
The conversation, which the two candidates appeared to think was private but was caught on an open microphone, captured what strategists, particularly in the top campaigns, have been saying privately all year. Other candidates outside the top tier, particularly Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio), blasted the discussion as a slight.

And now, that little baby Johnny Edwards and Hilly are saying if we don’t just let them and maybe Obama (cause he’s cool, and all us KIDS like him) be the only ones talking, they are going to start yelling “LA LA LA LA LA LA LA” real loud while holding their fingers in their ears if the rest of us want to debate. It’s not fair! Crazy Dennis K says they are just meanies!

The next DNC-approved debate is scheduled for Aug. 19 in Iowa, followed by an official debate in New Hampshire in late September and four more debates in early-primary states after that. With the candidates already spending so much time in the early-voting states, those debates are considered the least disruptive to meeting the other demands of campaigning.
But some of the others — for example, a debate focusing on gay and lesbian issues in Los Angeles on Aug. 9 — are putting strains on the campaign schedulers, who are already caught between finding time for the candidates to spend in early states and finding time for fundraising. The evolving and ever advancing primary calendar has made the crunch worse, several strategists for Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be seen as complaining about the debates.

So how many of these debates were you and your friends going to have?
Gee mom, we wanna talk to EVERYONE, so they all can hear what we have to say! But it’s getting boring and we have to listen to crazy Dennis, and all the others…and now that Johnny, Hilly, and Hussian think they are better then the rest of us… it isn’t fun any more.

It is a much smaller problem on the Republican side, where there has not been a debate since June 5 and where there are fewer advocacy groups demanding attention from the field. The next GOP debate is scheduled for early August, when all the candidates will appear on ABC’s “This Week,” hosted by George Stephanopoulos.

Dear, why don’t you do what those nice republican’s are going to do?
Awwww mom … they’re mean, they wanna act just like adults…they don’t have pretend fairy castles for every one, or great tasting kool-aid, or nothing.
Yes dear, but they also don’t seem to be running around trying to please everyone by telling ….by making promises they may not keep later either.

As the Democratic Party did in 2004, DNC Chairman Howard Dean tried at one point to intervene in the process, brokering the deal that resulted in six debates this fall (the same number held in the last election cycle). Yet there is nothing to stop the candidates from signing up with every special interest group that makes an offer, and the lesser-known candidates, such as Kucinich and Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), often do, forcing the front-runners’ hands
Edwards, frustrated by the time restrictions forced on the candidates when so many are on the stage, has offered to participate in a smaller, three-person event with Clinton and Kucinich, if the other candidates will accept similar events.

It seems like everyone wants to have time to talk but ya’ll don’t have enough time for anyone to say anything.
Yeah, and Hilly, Johnny, …
Yes Dear, you said that before, they want to be the only ones talking.

“Senator Edwards feels strongly that voters deserve more substantive debates between the candidates,” Eric Schultz, a campaign spokesman, said yesterday. “One way to do that would be to break up the field into smaller groups for real debates. You cannot explain how you will end the war in Iraq or solve the climate crisis in 60 seconds.”

Yeah, and Johnny only wants to make bumper stickers … and when we laughed at him, he changed his mind saying he wants to talk now, but only in small groups. I think he feels afraid that Hilly, and Obama are going to beat him up … or that Dennis will make him start doing yoga or something.
Well honey, when you and your friends are a bit more grown up. I think you will find that anything you really want in life is not always easy to get. Nor is it just given to you. Most of the time you have to work for it. That means you don’t complain (or give the impression you’re complaining) when you have to talk to the public about issues which are important to them.
Perhaps that is why politics and government should be left to the adults. Obviously the “Democrat Kids” are finding it to be a little more then they can handle.


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