It is once again time to play “piano bar” here at the ole’ blog and turn a reader question into a story...and our “request” today comes from our friend jmb who is lucky enough to be living in Vancouver, British Columbia.
She wonders why American politics is now in permanent campaign mode. She comes from a Canadian tradition of limited campaign periods, and it seems awfully strange to her that we are already thinking about 2010, 2012, and 2016 before 2008 is even decided.
Matter of fact, it seems strange to a lot of us in the US as well.
Why does it happen?
Can it be fixed?
What can we learn from 2008?
Those are the questions we’ll take on today...and with time especially short today, we need to get right to work.
In order to really get at the answers to these questions, we need to consider some of the fundamental differences between the political system in the US and Parliamentary systems, such as the one in place in Canada.
Right off the bat, Canadian Federal elections have not occurred on a regular schedule, as they do in the US (although that is about to change).