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Really?

Posted by Adam Graham on June 12, 2007

A Reuters story that comes as no shock to anyone who has been paying attention:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Inundated with politics long before the 2008 presidential election, U.S. voters are in danger of suffering wearying bouts of the uniquely American affliction of “campaign fatigue” in coming months.

Experts say voters who follow the news closely are most at risk of the condition striking this year earlier than ever. It takes its toll with information overload, long hitches of unpaid work for campaign volunteers and the all-important undecided voters on the fence longer than usual.

Voter attention tends to wane in between the early debates, major primaries and conventions and, in a contest so long this time it includes two summer hiatuses before the November 2008 vote, fatigue is practically unavoidable, many of the experts said.

“It’s a reality. There’s going to be a lot of fatigue, come summer,” said Thomas Patterson, a professor specializing in government and the press at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. “People are thinking this has been going on a long time already.”

Primary Reform anyone? This is getting absurd, but traditional politicians won’t have a whole lot of interest in changing in as the less engaged people are, the more they can play with the process.

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