The end of campaign season ’06

Jessica Lewis

The elections are finally over, and I could not be happier. This year, while sitting on the sidelines, watching the drama of the campaign season unfold, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a soap opera. The drama factor was at an all time high, as scandal after scandal rocked both parties. Mark Foley’s inappropriate relationships with under-age congressional pages left the Republican party with a storm cloud hanging over them. It seemed the Democrats had the race in the bag, until John Kerry’s insulting comment about military troops sent people all over the country into an uproar.

The issues were abandoned, focus instead being placed on smear campaigns and mud slinging. In what appeared to me to be the worst year in recent history for negative advertisement, it was easy to grow frustrated with politicians who forgot about why they should be elected, concentrating instead on why their competitor should not. The political scene has deteriorated into something that resembles a school yard fight, with everyone picking sides and yelling at one another.

With the election results in, the Democrats have won control of the House and the Senate. The need for improved bipartisan relations is integral to how we are able to progress.  We need to put an end to the finger-pointing, blame game tactics, and get back to what really matters.

After bearing witness to such a negative campaign season, I look ahead to presidential elections with a sense of fear and dread. The individuals running our government should act like people we can respect, not like insolent children who need to be placed in time out. I hope our politicians will realize that before the next campaign season rolls around.