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Romney and Clinton: The Dull Nature of Political Inevitability

Despite the fact that very crucial elections are happening across the country, it seems as if the political press and politicians themselves can’t stop talking about 2016. It’s not hard to figure out why so many people treat the midterms like they don’t matter.

What’s even worse about this rampant political speculation for an election more than two years away is how uninspired and unoriginal it is. In 2008, then-Senator Hillary Clinton was the presumptive nominee, even after then-Senator Barack Obama began his campaign. Most of the political handicappers expected it to be an exhibition match, testing the charismatic candidate for a possible run after Clinton’s. We all know how that turned out.

So, with another wide-open field facing us in 2016 one would think that those who spend their airtime ruminating about candidates who haven’t declared anything nor have the staff and message structure in place if they were running. It’s like trying to run a qualifying lap without a pit crew or even a finished race car. Still, like 8 years ago, the news media are treating Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as inevitable.

Former Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan appeared on CNBC, according to Mediaite.com, and told the hosts that he would “love to see Mitt [Romney] run again,” in 2016. This is, of course, despite a series of emphatic denials from the former Republican nominee.

What boggles the mind is that rather than throwing up these known quantities such as Clinton or Romney, why not turn the mindless speculation into a better discussion about options. Why not talk about the possibilities of campaigns from Senators Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, or Elizabeth Warren? Why not point to some lesser known governors with good track records or maybe even politically active folks from the private sector?

If the political media insists on this 2016 talk, instead of trotting out the same old names and faces make some bold choices or bring up unlikely candidates. They should try to make sure their audience learns something rather than going through a segment where everyone already knows all that can be said about the possible candidates.

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About the author

Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.