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‘Longer, emptier, dumber.’

Jon Ralston’s take on Campaign 2012

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A Q+A with: Jon Ralston

Journalist, host of “Ralston Reports” on KSNV-TV Channel 3, and publisher of On Twitter: @ralstonreports

What trends have you seen this election?

Ads started earlier and heavier than ever before, in midsummer. October in July.

Any trends you are pleased with or worried about?

Too much undisclosed money. Should be real-time campaign contribution reporting.

Any Nevada-specific trends?

Little attention paid to races for judges (who shouldn’t run) and other down-ballot races.

How would you tag this election on a blog?

Longer, emptier, dumber.

Best thing(s) you’ve seen this election?

The presidential debates were worth watching in the primary and general.

Worst thing(s) you’ve seen?

So many repetitive, unimaginative ads. Terrible polling.

Anything else notable/memorable for you this election?


Campaign cliché(s) that need to be retired?

Protect and preserve Medicare. Cut waste in government.

Any surprises you’ve seen so far? Any potential upsets or surprises you see on Election Day?

Potential upset: Tark wins. Potential surprise: A recount gets called in the Senate race.

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  1. Jon Ralston pretty well nailed it on the head. Even when the election ends, there will be such a "fallout" that it really won't be over. The country is pretty much equally divided, so only HALF of the country will be willing to move on WITH the elected candidate(s). So the battle will continue, sadly enough.

    Blessings and Peace,