After watching the Democratic debate last night with the lovely, brilliant Ms. Florance, I decided to revisit the post I had written a couple months ago.
After checking back with the CNN money tracking feature (here), the total taxpayer money raised during the run-up to the 2008 Presidential Election has now reached $777 million. That means $209 million has been collected in the last six weeks (see 2008 Presidential Campaign to Waste American Money). If anyone is interested, that more than 4 million dollars that gets tossed into the garbage can every single day. And for what? McCain is just sitting back (collecting money he doesn't have to spend until it could make a difference) and watching the Democrats collect and spend copious amounts of money to destroy each other. Because McCain is able to do this, his image is improving - he doesn't need to say anything negative so he will be viewed as likable and friendly, as Hillary and Obama will be viewed as wolves.
There is no solution for the Democratic Party until the DNC has been completed. Both candidates have remaining funds in the campaigns. Hillary should not bow out because she still is not mathematically eliminated. Obama can't stop because he's ahead in the electoral vote count. If the party steps in and makes a decision, then it's against the concept of democratically choosing candidates. This is just another example of the Democratic Party finding a way to shoot itself in its collective foot. This election should be gift wrapped for the Democrats, as was the case in 2004, but I see little to no chance of wrestling away the executive branch from the Republicans.
Until this all plays out, the American people have to watch the drivel that was the Democratic debate this week. The first two-thirds of the debate was simply expanding on and attempting to correct statements that had been made the campaign trail. Aren't the important issues in any election focused around policy? Maybe that's too much to ask from the media. Luckily for me, I was only half paying attention the debate. I have some difficulty focusing on television in the presence of a very attractive woman.