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August 13, 2012

Think About It: Olympic Political Season

The Olympics may be over, but you can still follow Olympic efforts as the political season takes a brief respite, then barrels ahead for 12-more weeks. And political races are much like the Olympic Games. The races are like a marathon, they go on forever, and there is a lot of wind being blown by the competitors. The campaigns are often like synchronized swimming- everyone trying to work together to earn good marks, and trying not to drown in the process. And much like team sports in the Olympics, no one can win a political race alone; it takes coordinated effort, trust, hard-work, and lots of time, often without financial reward along the way.

And then, there's the dark side. The Honolulu mayor's race has become an archery match or shooting event- each candidate aiming at his target while trying to avoid the arrows of his competitor along with outside snipers. Some of the local legislative races have become like a bad badminton match, with one team or party simply not even trying and therefore losing by default. That's an Olympic disgrace.

We have stories of possible redemption in our local elections, as losers from years past try to rally and win the prize, much like the great stories of Olympic athletes who were vanquished four- or eight-years ago but came back to strike gold in London. So now that the two-million hours of Olympics coverage has faded from your iPad and large screen TV, you can sit back and enjoy three months of local political sports between pros and amateurs alike. And it's now pigskin season- so we can watch political footballs and political bombs get tossed back and forth. For some of you, it'll take an Olympic effort to stomach the whole thing. Think about it…


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