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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The hunt begins now.

Actually, it began quite some time ago when the first candidate officially threw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination (that was on March 23rd, and the Republican man who did it was named Fred Karger. He happens to be gay, which is interesting). Of course, most of us know it started way before that, when various candidates formed "exploratory committees", and were hemming and hawwing amongst themselves, trying to gauge public support for their candidacy. Some say that election season never ends, that one campaign begins the moment the last one ends. Such is politics.

Regardless, it cannot be doubted that by now the republicans are right in the thick of it. It is the first Tuesday of November, 2011. One year from now, the nation will go to the polls and choose the next president of the United States. Their choice will be between Barack Obama and one of these 8 people, listed in order of likelihood according to the most recent polls:

  1. Mitt Romney
  2. Herman Cain
  3. Rick Perry
  4. Newt Gingrich
  5. Ron Paul
  6. Michelle Bachmann
  7. Rick Santorum
  8. Jon Huntsman

The amount advertising, speaking, analyzing, jostling, debating, strategizing, spending and general rabble-rousing that will buildup to that day over the next year is almost too immense to fathom. It's an incredible spectacle, the hallmark of American politics, the quintessential example democracy in action on earth. It is a monumental, heated, vicious, tense, dramatic, unpredictable, and most of all American contest. My goal over the next year is to study it, to learn from it, and to help others do the same. I want to weigh in on it with my opinions, and create a forum where others can weigh in with theirs. I want to track the strategies, talking points, poll numbers, electorate trends, media coverage, rhetoric and everything else about this struggle for 270 electoral college votes. Not every day, because I won't have time, but as many days as I can. Why? Because it's interesting, it's educational, it's historic, it impacts all of our lives, and the future of our great nation depends on it.

I hope you'll join me. If you do, you'd better hang onto your seats; it's going to be a very bumpy ride.

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