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One Opinion: The nasty and nastier campaign season

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

February 29, 2016 | 1,086 views | 11 comments

Many wonder when the political bickering, lies, and the attacks and counterattacks of this bitter campaign season will ever end.

Those who point to numbers and facts are drowned out by the fanaticism of those who seek their own political gain. The relentless, repeated accusations frequently have nothing to do with truth, and certainly do not serve to make a more informed electorate.

If you thought this was about Floresville city politics, that certainly could apply, but here I’m talking about the presidential campaign.

Donald Trump began his campaign by adding some spark to an otherwise dull political campaign and providing much-needed interest in the Republican Party. In short order, however, his campaign has devolved to nothing more than a cheap shouting match not worthy of a schoolyard brawl.

Trump’s bold pronouncements about what needed to happen and his politically incorrect rhetoric were refreshing in the beginning. After a while, however, his personal insults, crude language, and crass statements toward others have shown him to be anything but a statesman worthy of leading this country.

This mattered little to the media who play into what had become a very colorful campaign like no other. The media are thrilled at the ready-made sound bites and bold headlines coming to them via Trump. They are part and parcel of this insane campaign. One wonders where it is all headed, as Trump still leads in the polls.

As we head into the “Super Tuesday” primaries, this includes Texas, with its 155 delegates at stake. With a total of 595 delegates to be determined on March 1, it’s difficult to assess how it will all come out, but the speculation has not stopped.

It’s been assumed that Trump will continue to win, although he has only 81 or 82 delegates out of a total of 1,237 needed to win the Republican nomination. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are each hanging on to 16 or 17.

Between now and the Republican National Convention in July, everyone is choking on far too many debates that continue to say the same thing, and negative ads that are getting nastier and nastier.

In Texas and several other states, the March 1 primary is about to be behind us. Many would like to think that this will be the end of it.

But it’s far from over.

Aside from the national conventions, there are city and school board elections that will be held in May, followed by the general election in November.

It is important that voters not get burned out before then.
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Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
March 1 at 10:18am
I voted for Cruz and I like what he's done so far, but I can't shake this feeling that he's "too good to be true".. too much history of being disappointed by politicians I guess.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
March 1 at 10:03am
All. If you have not yet voted, before you do, just take this into consideration. If you vote for Trump and follow what you believe will be the end result in November, then you discover later that you should have voted for... More ›

Tom Caldwell  
La Vernia, TX  
February 29 at 3:47pm
I voted for Cruz. I have followed some of his Supreme Court work prior to him becoming a Senator. The guy is a brilliant legal scholar for sure. Much smarter than myself. I just do not know if he (or anyone else) will be able... More ›

Elaine K.  
February 29 at 3:46pm
Absolutely, Bob. You are right. I have followed Ted Cruz diligently, as well as spoken with his father. And I have written several columns about Ted Cruz. And that's why I voted for Ted Cruz. But here I am writing about nasty... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
February 29 at 3:33pm
All. Did none of you follow Cruz over the last four years? He stood on the Senate floor and spoke plainly and fought for virtually everything Trump is running on. Watch C-Span once in a while instead of the Apprentice and... More ›

Tom Caldwell  
La Vernia, TX  
February 29 at 3:25pm
Elaine, Excellent editorial. And spot on. We as voters MUST steel ourselves for the long haul that this election season will be and not get disillusioned enough by the antics and base attacks of some of the candidates to lose... More ›

Elaine K.  
February 29 at 2:50pm
You are right, of course, Russell. I'm only hoping that voters do not get so fed up with the campaign and the continued lies, both locally and nationally, that they do not vote. That, as you say, would lead to a fracture in... More ›

Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
February 29 at 2:30pm
Its not about Trump.. Trump is the symptom of the disease. In 2008, the Republicans gave us McCain who's conservative credentials are questionable and who was incapable of energizing the base, so we got Obama. The Republicans... More ›

Elaine K.  
February 29 at 1:09pm
Thank you, Bob! :)

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
February 29 at 1:04pm
Elaine. Well said! And, with common sense. How refreshing.

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