March 6th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

Letters to the President #1142: 'Super Tuesday'

Reporter's Note: I write to the president all the time.

Dear Mr. President,

I watched your press conference today, and found it interesting enough. No big, screaming headlines as far as I can tell which is either terrible or great depending on your point of view.

Meanwhile, this is a big day for your Republican pals, isn’t it? Super Tuesday. All those delegates up for grabs, all that positioning, all that money spent on ads. Frankly, it’s kind of exhausting.

That’s a shame. The decision to pick a leader for anything from the school board to the presidency still matters, no matter how frustrating the process may be. These are the people to whom we entrust our government, whether we wish it to be big or small; conservative or liberal; Republican or Democratic. And yet, I think an awful lot of Americans have grown tired of being in Perpetual Election Mode. Think about it: It seems as if we’ve been talking about one election or another nonstop since you won the office. (Actually, we were already getting into that groove before that moment, but you get the idea.) The result is that a lot of folks, I think, have largely tuned out.

Ah well, I trust they’ll come back around by fall when the big votes are added up. At least, I hope they will, because I still like to believe, in a democracy, participation matters.


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