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February 5, 2008 - Steve Murch
Super Tuesday is the second-biggest national election day of the year, only surpassed by the general election in November. Watching the early returns and analysis, you can only come up with one conclusion — no one really knows what’s going on.
The pundits analyze and over-analyze the polling data so much that they convince themselves and each other that it’s a muddled mess and you can’t follow the polling results. Yet, when the voting is over, as we’ve seen with other primaries and caucuses, they all will say something to the effect of “Well, the numbers really did spell this out after we took a look at them closer.”
OK, so quit analyzing the numbers until more data is known or deciphered. Yes, it makes for interesting conversation and fills all the air time, but it doesn’t amount to much.
However, in this year, which could be the most important election in ages, analysis and over-analysis is what we all seem to crave. Most people who are interested in the elections can’t seem to get enough of what happened and what is going to happen.
At least after the national conventions we’ll have some more state and local elections to distract us a bit and we won’t have to listen to the two remaining candidates care on unless we want to. More importantly, the pundits will have to take a step back and cut back on their commentary.
Either way, it’s going to be an interesting nine months.
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