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October 25, 2010

(Home) Stretching The Truth

You know we are deep into the political season when candidates spend as much time complaining about the ads their competition is running as they do telling you what a difference-maker they themselves would be if elected or re-elected. You know you are heading into the home stretch when the cheap shots and the questionable facts start rolling out from each side, confusing a flustered, and perhaps rightfully disenfranchised voting public.

With Election Day right around the corner, now is the time for discussion with those you trust, now is the time for you to search for the differentiation among the candidates. Avoid spending too much time listening to one candidate complain about the other one or whining about the "unconscionable" or "misleading" or "unfair" statements. Unfortunately, just about all of the candidates feel forced to grovel in the same sty as the tension grows. That's the system. Don't focus too long when candidates disavow any connection to the incessant, vitriolic 3rd party ads, while at the same time privately enjoying every second of those low blows across the bow.

It's also interesting to watch candidates do the diplomatic disjointed two-step- deciding who they want to be connected to and who they carefully avoid talking about, based on that elected official's popularity this week. The governor, the president, the senators, the Tea Party- all have been courted at some level or danced around, depending on the convenience and the moment and the need. And rest assured, in a week, it will all be over and we can start focus on things we apparently we will really focus on- like holiday shopping. Think about it…

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