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Do you wish the election were already over?
December 19th, 2011
12:51 PM ET

Do you wish the election were already over?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While voting in the 2012 elections hasn't even started yet, most Americans wish it were already over.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows 70% of those surveyed say they can't wait for the campaign to be over. That's compared to 26% who say they can't wait for it to start.

People living in 12 of the key swing states - places like Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania - are dreading the election even more. Three-quarters of them say they can't wait for it all to be over, probably because they'll be the target of even more TV ads, mailers and robo-calls than the rest of us.

This negative attitude crosses party lines, with 67% of Democrats and 66% of Republicans saying they can't wait for the campaign to be over.

When it comes to age, senior citizens are the least likely to be looking forward to the campaign. Probably because they've been to enough of these rodeos to last them a lifetime.

Gallup pollsters suggest there are several reasons why Americans are already so negative about this presidential election.

For one - campaigns last too long. Republicans have already been at it for most of this year, and the general election is still 11 months away.

Also, politics and politicians in general are not very popular - to put it mildly. A recent poll found less than half of Americans say they trust the people who either hold or are running for political office.

Lastly, with the campaign come all those negative ads. Even though they work, a lot of people just don't like them.

And it's not just the ads. For the next 11 months get ready to eat, breathe and sleep this campaign... from the debates to the polls, the interviews, the pundits, you name it.

Here's my question to you: Do you wish the election were already over?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


Filed under: 2012 Election
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Larry

    No...it is in the frame work of public debate that America learn what the "want to be" leaders stand for and how the media negatively frames the discussions.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  2. Frances

    Yes and No. Yes I wish it were over, and that President Obama was reelected so I would not have to worry any longer about a tea party radical for the rich becoming President.

    No because the comedy hour debates would be over.

    Fran
    Escondido

    December 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Jim Samuels

    The US House Is over populated with myopic extremists who cannot see the big picture. No wonder there is no compromise. These are the same folks who enthusiastically embrace the long discredited Trickle Down theory of economics. Really? Have they been a coma for 30 years? The only surprise is that their approval rate is so high. We need to replace them all. Then I'll be happy the election is over.

    Jim Samuels
    Mecosta Michigan

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  4. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Now that the debates are over, yes. But I really enjoyed the debates. They should get an Emmy for the best reality show ever. Lots of laughs and entertainment. I was sorry to see Herman go. He should get an Emmy too.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  5. Mel - Houston

    Since you brought it up why do American election campaigns last so long? Name me another country that has a similar system. Could it possibly have to do with money, and; your feeding at the trough.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  6. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    Yes. I would have voted to get rid of the GOP obstructionists in the House and Senate. I would have voted for President Obama because he is the only reasonable adult in the room.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Shane

    Nope. Its the best sit-com on television. You never know who's going to play the buffoon next.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  8. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, I wish the elections were over yesterday. This session of Congress has done less than any other session in our nation's history. The lead up to election day 2012 will be loud and stupid. I hope that some of the Tea Party faithful in Congress will hear the word, "No," from the voters in their districts and states. We need people who are part of the solution, and not part of the problem. Government can build roads, bridges, and clean up parks and forrest, but only if Congress will adopt a cando spirit.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  9. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not at all. We live in interesting times, and next year will beat this year on the bizarre factor.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  10. Gary H. Boyd

    Not a bad question Jack. If the election were already over at least we'd know what the next 4 years hold - more of the same Obama nonsense or a chance, however slight, that the country might regain some sense of itself.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    December 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  11. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Given the uninspiring selection of candidates, including the incumbent, there is little reason to be enthusiastic about the 2012 election. At the same time, wishing it were already over would be wishing away eleven months of life, in which any number of good things could happen, even if none of it involves politics. There is no guarantee that, regardless of who wins, the situation in Washington will be any better in January of 2013 than it is in December of 2011. Happy holidays anyway.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  12. Paulette Bent

    Does it ever end?

    December 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Russ in PA

    Yes, I'd be happy as a duck of the elections were over, and Ron Paul were sitting in the White House. Wouldn't it be great to have a man as President that truly believes in property rights, freedom, and liberty for all?

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    December 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Jk from Minnesota

    YES!!!!!! The weekly GOP sideshow is old already and 2012 isn't even here yet!

    December 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  15. JeffBlock2012

    I'm looking forward to next December when we start with the 2016 campaigns! Jeff Block, Milledgeville, Georgia (and an FEC registered candidate for President 2012...and 2016...and 2020...and 2024)

    December 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  16. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, it really doesn't matter to me anymore. Our country along with the news media and Congress are always in a political mood. Members of Congress do not make decisions anymore based on the welfare of the nation. They make decisions based on how it will affect them politically in the next election. As soon as this election is over lobbyist and special interest groups will be filling the pockets of Congress with campaign money. It reminds me of the NASCAR Sprint circuit that ends in November and starts back up in February.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  17. Greg in Arkansas

    As hard as it is for me to say....NO.....even though long campaigns are annoying, irritating and sometimes entertaining, they are good for the economy because hundreds of millions of dollars in the form of candidate donations will be injected into the economy. That money, otherwise, would be stuck in a stagnant account that helps no one except the person (or corporation) hoarding the cash.
    So.....The winners are:
    The print shops producing candidate flyers
    The post Office delivering the flyers
    Television and radio stations airing commercials
    The newspapers and billboards selling ad space
    The hotels, restaurants, meeting rooms renting space to candidates and staff......
    and the list goes on.....and on.....and on..........
    Who knows, by next fall the economy may have turned around because of all the political influence spending....we can only hope....

    December 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  18. Bill of New Mexico

    No! please kick the election down the road with all the other serious problems!
    I just as soon not know that all these sorry incompetents will be back for another term.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  19. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    No, I just wish these damned DEBATES were over. How many times do we have to sit and listen to the same drivel?

    December 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Richard Texas

    Personally I think the whole process is a waste of time. We sit around for two years listening to empty promises only to elect one of these people and then have them deliver on those same empty promises. It is a fools errand looking for one individual to solve the problems of an entire nation knowing full well that He or She can do no more then the congress and Senate will allow them to do. It is time for a new party. One with wisdom and the ability to reason.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  21. john/omaha

    the day they take his credit card away [paid for by we the people] and send this empty suit down the road, the better off we will all be. and if it were over now this clown in chief could spend his own four million for his vacation.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  22. Kevin in CA

    Now days the election is never over. Politics has degraded to a state of constant campaigning. This is one of the traits of an empire in decline – a state of constant political upheaval.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  23. Brad, Portland, OR

    No, I think it's good that the American people have more time and opportunities to get to know the Republican candidates better.

    That can only benefit President Obama :-).

    December 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  24. Carl

    Yes, I do wish they were over. Having said that, not a one of them are worth voting for, all corrupt self serving greedy pigs!!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  25. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, since we are still in hard economic times leftover from the last Republican presidency and need as many laughs as we can get, I have to say, "No, you can't make this stuff up so let the show go on at least until Obama leaves office five years from now."

    December 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Cathy

    You have to ask? I think the answer is obvious- YES!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  27. Jenna Roseville CA

    Do you wish the election were already over?

    Most definetly Jack, Obama would have won in a landslide given the GOP field, ALL of the Republicans that refused to work with this president GONE so that the nation can get to work of the issue and not play politics while Americans suffered. And we wouldn't have to listen to the ad nauseum blatherings of Conservative idiots.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    December 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  28. Peg from NY

    Yes. What are we up to, 18 debates and counting? The sooner this election is over, the better.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  29. joyce smith

    I wish the stupid Republican debates were over first. Really, how many debates can you have and how many do they intend to participate in? They would not be so bad if they had depth and substance, instead, they all sound like children arguing on the school yard. Each one of them needs to act and talk like adults! Not one of them has an independent thought or action – i.e., each candidate repeats/echos what the next one says and they all, I mean all appear only on FOX! Really they look silly.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  30. Scot, Oakland

    No.No. jack!!! Our election has become the best comic theater. So, we want to have election every year.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  31. bob z.

    i can't wait till o0bama is out of there

    December 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  32. Terry in Virginia

    Why? The GOP debates are some of the best theater on television. They are a gold mine of political opportunity for the DNC to use against the eventual GOP Presidential contender. If the election were held today, Mr. Obama would win by a landslide.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  33. wayne, va beach, va

    No, because if it were, I'd be 10.5 months older then I am right now and I'm old enough already. But I am tired of the
    BS.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  34. Dave - Phx

    Yes, and I wish candidates were only allowed to campaign for 2 weeks. They never have anything new or concrete to offer and it costs tax payers millions to protect these rich morons for years at a time while they run around the country spouting lies.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  35. Loren

    Actually, I just wish the press would just shut up about it. So much opinion being passed off as news, it's a wonder there are any candidates at all. Having lived through the past four years of a President having been elected as a result of a press campaign, heartily joined in by our national news media, I'm tired of my truth and reality being filtered by the press. Whatever happened to who, what, where, when and how? Let the candidates words speak for themselves , and if they are bending the truth, tell the facts, don't say the opinion polls are trending down. Otherwise, what is the point of the press?

    December 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  36. James - Alexandria, VA

    I do because I am looking forward to voting some GOP/Tea Party losers out of office. They have brought legislation to a stand still and do not deserve to be in office.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  37. Rich in Gainesville FL

    Already over!? That would be just the best Christmas present ever!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  38. Jim, Cranford NJ

    Unfortunately this election cycle is like a trip to the dentist. For a while it's going to hurt even more after you are done.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  39. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No Jack. This is the best and saddest comedy on TV. The debates are a hoot and Congress is beneath pathetic. With an approval rating of 9% or less, no one should keep their job. Pretty soon the rating will be 1% and we all know who the selected few are, yep, the very wealthy.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  40. Gerry

    No, I am glad that the process is this lengthy. It gives the voting public the opportunity to learn more of the candidates and their agenda. I think it should be a requirement that all candidates name their prospective cabinet nominations in the event they are elected. This would give the voting public an idea of the future objective of the administration, i.e. if Jack Kevorkian was going to be heading HHS you would know what to expect.

    Gerry
    Arizona

    December 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  41. Doug

    The candidates probably wish it was over but the people don't. We are in a new era. Who knows what tommorow will bring. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  42. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Jack, spare a thought for Colbert, Stewart, Leno, and Saturday Night Live. Without Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, and Gingrich those guys are going to have to start working for a living.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  43. Pete from Florida

    Not at all! I LOVE the Republican debates – the more I hear and see these clowns, the more I realize that NONE of them should be running this country. And now that I think about it, the more I hear and see ANY Republican politician, the more I realize how out-of-touch-with-America just about all of them are.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  44. Rick McDaniel

    Of course........the sooner we replace Obama, the sooner the country can start to move forward, instead of backward!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  45. Dave, Orlando, FL

    The answer to this is a perennial, yes, a thousand times yes! I will never understand Wolf’s undying passion for politics. It is a pointless waste of time since the beginning of this century. It doesn’t matter who gets in, they will screw the middle class, regardless of any promises they made or what they claim to stand for.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  46. bud rupert

    I say no. For two reasons: Number 1 – It's like watching the Loony Tunes Cartoon show. which was always a riot. And number 2- even though it's a gamble and it could southbound just as easily as northbound – but it will give the unemployment figures more time to lower thus giving President Obama an even better chance for re-election

    December 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  47. Randy

    No, I wish for my power ball numbers to hit. Wasting a wish on a fixed wrestling type illusion like modern day politics is a wasted wish.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  48. Karl in Flint

    From the viewpoint of knowing the results and hopefully having ditched the obstructionist in Congress and getting the country back on it's feet,yes. As far as entertainment value to watch what fools the GOP/Tea Party can make of itself and its "conservative" following, Jack, I'd pay extra. It's great fun watching the FOX Fools trying to walk and chew gum at the same time. Gingrich, Bachmann and Perry are the real stars of the act. Paul and Santorum are just stagehand. It certainly has bought out the ignorance level in this country like never before. And we have another year to go.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  49. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    No! I'm having too much Fun Laughing at All the Republican candidates for President of the United States!

    December 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  50. dennis nc

    NO NO NO, but tired of media coverage

    December 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  51. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    This Republican class consists of lightweights who make major errors, one doesn’t know how many are on the Supreme Court, another is concerned with China getting nuclear weapons, they already have them, Libya concerns another candidate. Most adults know more than these candidates. Don’t they know anything? Then there is Romney and Gingrich with the same old diatribe recycling familiar Republican old ideas, more military spending and tax cuts for the rich. I’m voting for Obama who’s priorities are education, health and welfare of people and infrastructure so bridges can be crossed so people can go places. I’ll take Obama for $1000 Alex.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  52. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Yes! I especially feel for the people of Iowa who are blasted with millions of dollars of negative ads. In England they can remove and replace a prime minister within a matter of weeks! Not the two years and a billion dollars required here in America. What a waste! (Except for the jobs created making signs and negative TV ads.)

    December 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  53. Paul - North Carolina

    Not for a minute. The Republican debates this fall were the best comedy I've seen on TV for years. And it can only get more hilarious as the pretenders get more desperate after Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Then the madness will peak at the Super Bowl of Absurdity; the Republican Convention. What a hoot. It sure is going to seem pretty dull when the whole thing is over and this parade of hapless clowns go back to whatever planets they came from.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  54. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Last time around it was very interesting because there was history being made. The only thing historical this time is the level of insanity and lack of intelligence displayed by the Republican Party. The right wing has managed to turn what once was a cornerstone of citizenship, having the right to vote, into a freak show that has destroyed the fragile legitimacy of the voting process. I fear that if Obama survives the campaign, they won't allow him to survive his second term. American politics has grown ugly beyond belief, and the American people will suffer for it, just like we do for everything else.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  55. Beverly Travers

    I must admit Jack, that this republican side show has been quite entertaining. It is amazing and scary to see who this party is considering electing to run our country. For everyone's sake, because I do not believe either candidate can beat Obama thankfully, the voters should DEMAND a real candidate come forward. Keep the comedy coming! Beverly, St.Petersburg Fl.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  56. Pete from Georgia

    No, I do not.
    I want America to know and understand how this current president is destroying our once great country with his socialist destructive divide and conquer tactics and to pay attention how crucial this next election will be.
    I'm all for relentless "Telling of the Truth", 24 / 7 for the next 11 months.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  57. bud rupert

    I say no. For two reasons: Number 1 – It's like watching the Loony Tunes Cartoon show. which was always a riot. And number 2- and even though it's a gamble – It will give the unemployment figures more time to drop some thus – giving President Obama an even better chance for re-election.
    December 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm |

    December 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  58. calaurore9

    No. I'm a political junkie. I just wish it would be more entertaining. Sarah! Where are you?

    Carol in Northampton

    December 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  59. Jim Thomas

    No,as we haven't found anybody strong enough or smart enough to get this country back on track.Their egos are in the way,plus we need musle to go along with brains.None of them have both.Jim Thomas Phoenix,Az.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  60. Ralph

    Yes I wish it was over- can somebody please get the fat man to sing?
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  61. Larry -Denver

    We have only begun this way too lengthy process of elections. It started the day after Obama was sworn in. Can't we concentrate on getting a payroll tax extension. I know lots of us here will just vote out anyone currently in. It wont change anything for now but maybe a wake up call in the future

    December 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  62. Greg, Ontario

    And it's not just the ads. For the next 11 months get ready to eat, breathe and sleep this campaign... from the debates to the polls, the interviews, the pundits, you name it....Says who Jack you?

    Americans also have the choice to talk to the people running (sometimes), visit their web pages and read the policies they endorse and plans they have should they be elected. My point is they can completely tune the media out of their decision if they have the IQ to do so. Merry Christmas.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  63. Rex in Portland, OR

    Why on earth would one tire of the constant bickering, name calling, mud slinging, poll watching fiasco in which a half dozen vertebrates (barely) square off at each other with true rancor, hatred, disdain, and patronization? This is fun, Jack, by any standard. There hasn't been this much fun since the crusades. YEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHhhh.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  64. MNResident

    No, Jack, I wish we could START OVER with a NEW list of candidates!!! What we have now is one warm steaming pile fighting another warm steaming pile for space in my garbage dump, and that is no way to pick the leader of this country....

    December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  65. Sandstone.

    "Well you don't, Jack! You've go so much to say, and you're going to make sure it gets said. No way will woman sit in your whitehouse, if you have anything to do with it! Smile! I was only joking."

    December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  66. andyz Lynn, MA

    No Jack, I rejoice in the fact that the Republican reality show will go on and on and on. My greatest source of joy is to read the CNN web page to find out what those tricky, sneaky, rascally candidates are up to. I have never been so happy to be an Independent.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  67. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Only if President Obama gets re-elected.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  68. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No. I LOVE watching the Republican debates and the SNL parodies that follow. It's double the pleasure and double the fun, and makes the re-election of President Obama more likely with each debate.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  69. Jane in CA

    I think the Republican debates are the best new comedy of the season.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  70. Larry in Houston

    it amazes me that the people in 5 states control the other 45. For instance, Boehner / Ohio – McConnell / KY – Cantor / Va – Grassley / Iowa & Hatch / Utah. It seems to me that they are wanting to be obstructionists continually. You'd think that people in those 5 states were a little smarter than that. Why don't they wake up, and start voting somebody Else IN, instead of Voting in those same people Term after Term, after Term.

    Larry in Houston

    December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  71. Ed from Texas

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  72. Susan-NJ

    We are one of the feww countries in the world that can change power wothiut bloodshed. It is an accomplishment of the English speaking world to show great pride in. However some of the most intelligent men say some of the stupidest things when they run for President. Remember Goerge Bush 41 and "no new taxes." ? We all knew he was lying it's just part of the process. First we have to sift through the lies, then we can make a choice. No I don't wish the election was over but I do wish our current President wasn't so pro-baby killing.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  73. Annie, Atlanta

    No. I just bought a case of microwave popcorn.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  74. Ken - Kingsport, TN

    Jack, I'm beginning to believe that it makes very little difference in one purchased leader or the other. We live in a Plutocracy and most of us are just plain old out of luck. These greedy fools are supposed to be our best and brightest, yet any high school student can pick up a history book and tell that we are repeating the early twentieth century. So, in answer to your question, I do wish it was over so we can better prepare for the next Great Depression. Maybe we, the country, will get lucky and Washington will enter a worm hole straight into a black hole.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  75. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    No I'm waiting for the candidate who will support a 50% reduction in Congressional pay and endorse a tax on all political advertisements as well as tax on political donations. I think if you got enough money to buy an election you should also be taxed when money is received. Those who donate should not get a deduction either. Seems like they never see their money as waste, fraud or abuse.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  76. Virginia. Atlanta

    I'd like to see a moratorium on any thing resembling campaigning for 24 months following any National election. This constant campaigning leaves little time for governing - maybe that's a good thing.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  77. Allen

    Who in their right mind wouldn't want this circus over? People in Politics need to get back to working on issues and problems, not spending all day and night campaigning. Their job is to help us and Campaiging only serves themself.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  78. Gigi Oregon

    Yes...the clowns as we call them hereare boring, negative and disgusting. Their morals, attitudes, and rhetoric are not worthy of the office they are running for. Maybe the Republican party need to find a new batch of candidates before time runs out.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  79. chris

    this one poll if you did one on this question would get 95 percant that they wish it was over

    December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  80. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    Given the lack of any good comedies on TV nowadays, what else would we get get a chance to laugh at in these difficult times ?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  81. Steve

    Hell no! It's my favorite sport, especially now that the Bears are out of it.

    IL

    December 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Virginia. Atlanta

    The Republicans have been campaigning since the day Pres Obama won the election, claiming he was responsible for all the mistakes made by Bush, even before he took office. It took Bush 3 to 4 years to use up Pres Clinton's surplus, surely Pres Obama deserves at least the same amount of time to remedy Bush's mistakes. It is eadier to spend money, start a war oops 2 wars, than it is to reverse the damage done.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  83. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Elections are never over in the United States. The campaign starts 30 minutes after the inauguration.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  84. Tony in New York

    Given the Supreme Court's decision to view corporations as people, isn't the election over already?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  85. Al, Lawrence KS

    Absolutely not. I'm a pure political junkie, and have been watching one Republican after another take off and inevitably crash and burn. This is better than any other reality show on TV. Pass the popcorn.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  86. Pete/Ark

    Since I haven't been able tell the end of one from the start of another for several decades it doesn't matter...at least most professional sports have defined seasons, this is more like pro wrestling..."ARE YA READY T' RUMBLE !".

    December 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  87. Scotty

    Yes. The news reports nearly everyday about a new GOP frontrunner. The fact is, we don't accually know who the frontrunner is. Look at 2008 for example.Mitt Romney had polled strong in Iowa and was complety blindsided by Huckabee. I wish it was like a lottery to decide the nominee: If your name is called, you win

    December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  88. Karen

    Yes........because the Republicans don't have a prayer........or a viable candidate. I hope that the general public who is 'fed up' with Washington will vote the incumbents out of office so that President Obama can get something done. Congress is like a bunch of spoiled brats and they need to start listening to their constituents.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  89. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    The election was over before it started. The crop of "candidates" the GOP gathered together to go against Obama has got to be the weakest, sorriest group ever brought together. But even though the election is over, we will have to suffer through the campaign ads (aka, lies) and mudslinging for the next 10+ months.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  90. Gail, Plano TX.

    The pain is excruciating, Jack. Campaign starts too soon giving more time for politicians to spew their hate! And if we are supposedly in a deep recession, why spend all that money to get someone elected? The world is laughing at us, to be sure. But it gives you media guys something to do!!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  91. Deb in MT

    Oh sweet, merciful Heavens, Jack!!! Why do you even bother to ask? Living in a purple state with a potentially hot Senate race, I'm already being inundated with negative mailers, robocalls and 'gimmee' calls (thanks, USSC: wish I could forward all this crap to you)!

    I'm so sick of it, I could pound my head into the wall.....and, I'm a political junky! However are nonpolitical types going to survive this excrutiatingly silly season?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  92. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    Yes, I am sick and tired of the 2012 election, and it isn't even 2012 yet, nor has the first primary been held yet. You've been talking about, dissecting this election beginning in January 2009. It is too much. Years ago, I don't remember presidential campaigns that ran for more than 2 years.....they started in the year the election was to be held, you knew who was running, but I don't remember Carter and Ford having debates all through 1975, nor even Carter and Reagan having debates through 1979. The campaign season began in earnest in 1976 and 1980....

    Focusing on what may or may not happen 3 or 2 years from now, discussing it ad nauseam, giving us a poll of who's ahead every 10 seconds, speculating on how as soon as the next guy gets a few extra points in some poll it means the President is doomed is distracting at best and turns people off from the election and from voting.

    I have an idea–let's fine the media and any politician who begins campaigning more than 1 year before the election. And let's sanction the media by refusing to run stories about it, and the next reporter who brings up a poll gets sent to Greenland to report on the weather. You can start covering the election in January, with the Iowa caucasus. And come November, when the election is over, you have to stop or you'll be fined again. The fines will go into a kitty that will pay for education for poor kids, or health care for uninsured women, or will help out a family that is about to lose their home because one or both adults lost their job(s) due to outsourcing.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  93. Duane North Dakota

    Really?.....Do you have to ask?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  94. Jeff In Minnesota

    Do you think? We still have 11 months of the BS before it's over. What's worse is that we have the Revolutionaries and Reactionaries of each party picking the candidates that then have to try and get to the middle to get the rest of us to vote for them. It's time for a third party to camp out in the middle and stop the insanity of the Democratic and Republican parties' primary process.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  95. AB

    I am waiting for nomination process to start, proceed and then end. Then I am also waiting for the general election to also start, proceed and end. I wish the election process was truncated and efficient and did not involve a huge investiture of time and money!!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  96. Billie Shaffer in Tx.

    Good Lord YES!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  97. David from Canon City Colorado

    During the last presidential election I spent so much time listening to all the discussion that when it was all over I disconnected my television. I haven't reconnected ... and don't miss it a bit. I laugh at how childish our system has gotten.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  98. Michael Roepke Dallas, TX

    Have you ever read a great book and find yourself a little sad that soon the book will be done? This Republican nomination fight is the best entertainment we have had in a long while. We have had lying and cheating. Plans to take over Libya's and Iraq's oil, boycotting China and invading Iran. We are going to seal our borders to immigrants while tons of illegal drugs still get in. And we have a whole field of candidates racing so fast for the far right that they will never be recognized again. I don't want it over. I for one will miss it when its over.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  99. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Yes I do wish it to be over, but then not on some media program over and over and over and over.....................what an astronomical waste of time and resources not to mention ethics or integrity. I cannot imagine that sponsors are actually making money with this nonsense!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  100. Laverne E Brison

    No. I love seeing the clowns running around in circles trying to out do each other about who is the most conservative. And poor Mitt does not know whether he is a conservative or a liberal. Let the fun continue.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  101. David in Cochran GA

    Yes I wish the election were over because I am tired of the campaigning in the "do-nothing" congress. They have done nothing to help our country and have potentially made it worse. Smart people will ignore the extreme ideas proposed by the republican "presidential candidates" and re-elect Barack Obama to another term. Any thing else and our country will become much worse.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  102. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I'm ready for the election process in this country to change. As long as money plays a big part in the process we're just kidding ourselves about living in a democracy. Money walks, talks and absolutely dominates our elections now. How is that democratic? Not to mention all the recent attempts to pass voter laws that will disenfranchise a lot of voters. Can you say 'no more free and fair elections'? If they start loading the deck before the vote even happens we may be witnessing the end of democracy in this country. Don't be too eager for it to be over.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  103. dave in nashville

    Be honest Jack, it's your profession that starts it too early and talks about it ad naseum. I think there are far more important issues worldwide than who will run for president.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  104. John in Keller, Tx

    Oh, I sure do! But I had a sobering thought. With the President postponing some decisions until after the elections and Speaker Boehner saying he's against anything that would make the President look good, what happens if there is no change? Same President, Senate and Congress. We'd have four more years of this to look forward to!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  105. Dan5404

    Yes, Jack, then the obstructionist House would have lost a lot of members, allowing the Democrats and the president to go about their job of representing the majority of America instead of big corporations and oil companies. The Tea Party/Norquist/Koch brothers puppets have been a total disaster for the country.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  106. Rick

    Any one of them (Romney, Paul, etc.) can have my vote if they will just go away so I'll have time to watch another reality show.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  107. Matthew Oxnard, CA

    It's already over. We all know that Obama will sadly be re elected

    December 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  108. Greg M.

    Jack, What?...and miss out on who has pillaged the town near us the most/least? Who is low enough to have voted according to morality rather than who lobbies them which way to vote? /sarcasm..as if I really needed to tell you I was sarcastic.
    Greg M. FL

    December 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  109. Matt

    Yes – but if it were, half of the Situation Room reports would be Jeanne Moos reports. You'd have nothing else to do!

    Matt
    Saint Augustine, FL

    December 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  110. PRussell

    No Jack, I love it. Watching these folks make fools out of themselves every week is the best reality show on tv.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  111. Tricia

    No, no, no. I don't want it over until voters take a closer look at Jon Huntsman. He's the real deal with the best mix of foreign policy, economic, and successful leadership experience, but too few know that yet.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Mike

    Yes! Yes! And YES!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  113. Tom in Maine

    Jack, there is no such thing anymore. The current presidential campaign began pretty much the day after election day in '08. Then there are the congressional seats which are up for grabs every two years. It's always campaign season.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  114. Sylvia

    I don't wish it were over I just wish it wasn't a 24/7 ordeal. These constant polls and debates are annoying. The next president won't even make that much of a difference unless congress can get over themselves.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Rob L. G.

    No! It's the best comedy show on TV.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  116. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec Canada

    Sooner this election is over we can get all ginned up for the 2014 midterms. The most important election in our lifetime blah blah blah.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  117. Mike Smith

    The election process is too long. We don't get better results with longer election cycles.
    The British do it in 6 weeks. That would be a decent time. Also, the shorter it is the less money it will waste on electioneering

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  118. Ken in NC

    I wish they were over because at my age, I have herd all the same lies over and over every two years and four years. The only things changed are the names of the liars.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  119. Patti

    I do wish it was over for the sake of the country and obama loses the election.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  120. Kim2C

    Nope! 2012 will only be my second presidential election since becoming a U.S. citizen in Aug 2008. I voted for Obama. It may have been in haste, after 3 years, now I'm beginning to see the two sides more clearly. I wisely remain a registered independent.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  121. Daniel

    Oxford, Michigan.

    Yes. Trying to decide which Republican candidate to vote for is like deciding whether to eat overcooked turkey or two-week-old meatloaf. Hearing them bicker, make ridiculous statements almost daily, and blame everything on Obama is getting old. The only reasonable one out there is Jon Huntsman, and I think his refusal to stoop to the lows everyone else has is partly to blame for his low poll numbers. The debates are so pathetic that I have to turn them off every time, is it really that hard to answer a question in a straightforward manner? Let's just get it over with.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  122. Darrion Banks

    If we lived in North Korea and were fed commercials full of propaganda instead of dirt on politicians, we would be desperate for an election, regardless of how long it is. Elections and free flowing information in any form are a vital part of our American system of democracy.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Susan, Iowa

    Jack, I live in Iowa where we are pretty much fed up with the commercials and the constant parade of candidates coming into the state. It started just before August and now here we are almost 6 months later listening to the same lies and rhetoric. I would like to think that I'm not that ignorant that I need to depend on a stump speech and negative commercials to tell me who to vote for.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  124. Bob - Rosenberg, TX

    Jack, what I really wish for is that we had somebody worth voting for.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  125. Lee from Florida

    I'd love nothing more than to skip the next 11 months. In fact, if I had a time machine, I'd jump in and set it to Election Day, just in time to cast my vote.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  126. Spock

    Yes Jack I wish the Elections were over and Obama was a 1 termer. I also wish I were rich and famous. Neither of which will happen.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Beverly H Tatum Charlotte NC

    Yes, because President Obama will be President and ALL Republicans in the House will be voted out and the Senate will have more than 60 Democrats so Republicans can stop record-setting filibustering. Our nation will be under sane leadership, under Democrats who actually work for the People and the corproate dictatorship Republicans have been building will be torn down. Republicans need to go away and learn how to be human beings again. Until then, stay away.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  128. Daniel Coleman

    It is over! All of the Republican candidates are gifts to President Obama. Thank you.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  129. Harris King

    its all about the money more debates more face time equals more money in somebody pocket.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  130. Denise

    HELL YES I'm ready for it to be over already! I am dreading all of the mud-slinging (from both sides) and half-truths and outright lies that are going to be in my face right up until election day. I just wish that I could just go to sleep, and wake up in time to vote, and by-pass all the malarky. Election day can't get here soon enough.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Carrol

    Maybe the thing we need most is election reform! Public campaigning strictly limited to two months before election and the same amount of air time for each candidate. How we can enforce this is the question!

    Carrol from Snohomish, WA

    December 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  132. Charles - San Antonio

    I can't wait for the next election to be over. All our problems will be solved. Everyone who wants a job will have a job. Deficits will turn into surplus. Taxes will be reduced. No more gridlock. Members of congress will join hand in had and sing Kumbahya. Yeah the next election, that's the ticket. I can't wait.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  133. Karoly Zsiga

    Well, tired of the election process?? Grab your passports, go to North Korea, it is perfect time....no elections....guaranteed!!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Fred Krider

    Hell yes! That's like asking, "Does that poison ivy itch?"

    December 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  135. The Truth

    The election season keeps starting earlier and earlier. If this keeps up a president that has just been elected, they will have to start running for reelection at the inaugural dance.
    The "running man dance" played to Journey "Don't Stop Believin"

    December 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  136. Charles

    Yes, I wish it had not even started yet. This country needs to look at election reforms. We spend too much time and money on campaigns. I understand we need time to allow the process to weed out unworthy candidates, but the time and money is excessive. Cut campaigns back to save both of these resources and use them for other important issues.

    Charles
    Monument, CO

    December 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  137. LANI

    What election? Do you mean the peoples election of those that will serve the interest of the 1%? We need multi-party system in this country if we really want to see "Election". It's insane to have two political parties that strive on dividing this country for their selfish interest. We need to reform our polical system.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Corey

    The 24 hour news cycle means that the news of a dictators death can be broadcast immediately. However, as dictators aren't dying 24/7, a lot of space has to be filled. This means that news organizations fall back on something that can be covered for 24 hours a day: elections.

    Coverage for the 2012 election began about 5 minutes after Obama got home from his inauguration, and it doesn't do the American people any favours. It is exhausting to be bombarded with information and speculation (mostly the latter) for 3 years.

    In Canada, we learned our most recent election was going to happen about a month before it happened. Americans should try it some time.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  139. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Wolf Blitzer calls these lurid displays of character bashing and vote buying, "democracy in action". Nothing could be further from the truth. As long as we have the antiquated electoral college, Gerrymandering, no term limits, and the all-corrupting power of lobbyists and their special interest cash, we will never witness real "democracy in action". I think the election is already over, its just that no one has told the Republicans yet.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  140. George Fossett

    Yes I wish the election was already over, that way we can get to blaming the new president for the same problems created by all the bought senators and representatives in both the Senate and the House of Represenatives. Obama proved a very good point to our country, the president of the United States is powerless and both houses, both parties proved another good point, if we need to point fingers at why our economy is so messed up, point it at the childish elected officials that fill both houses, not the president. The same ones that have drawn districting lines that assure their re-election regardless of their selfish, childish and destructive behavior

    December 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  141. Karoly Zsiga

    Well, tired of the election process? Grab your passports.....North Korea is the perfect place for you!!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  142. Becky

    Jack, No, I hope the election will go on forever..it's my comedic relief..when it ends, all I'll have is Letterman and Leno...Becky in Pennsylvania

    December 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  143. Bill T

    My wish is that you and all the media be limited to one hour of election coverage per station per day.
    Bill

    December 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  144. Scott

    Heck no, election campaigns are like football season on acid, just as much fun to watch, only longer and weirder. SNL skits are not as hilarious as the Republican debates they parody. And though all media stress the enormous difference in direction an election win may make, no matter who wins the direction is still down the toilet.
    As Hunter S. Thompson used to say, we're doomed.
    –Baltimore Maryland

    December 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  145. Matt New York, NY

    What takes too long is the president and congress engaging in solutions. If I was president I would create a campaign to rebuild our poor cities like Camden, NJ and unleash entrepreneurship in lieu of a presidential campaign. If I was president I would ask every member of congress to send me a list of 10 ideas to create 1000 jobs each every week for a month. That's over 17,000,000 hypothetical jobs and I'm sure that members of congress, however catatonic, would start acting on their own ideas and empower the country.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  146. Bill, MA

    yes. heres a simple idea:

    1. no potential candidate can announce they're running, opening an exploratory committee, or start fundraising prior to 1 year before the election date.

    2. not 1 vote for a primary or caucus be given prior to 9 months before the election.

    3. create a primary pattern following a rotating form of time zones. this lets candidates travel vertically, not from
    Iowa to New Hampshire, to South Carolina and so on. this may also save candidates money and reduce the need for the 'billion dollar candidacy'.

    4 give each state in the time zone a 4-6 week period to hold their primary.

    5. at the end of August, hold conventions if no candidate has been chosen by then.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  147. Linda in Arizona

    No. What would be the point of wishing for something that isn't going to happen? Not that I don't hate it as much as anyone, but I'm old. I can take it.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  148. david

    there is really no ending to the election! news networks are like a bad case of "polls" only news. the fact that washington seems broken is feed by national polls which keeps politicians in constant campaign mode instead of doing their jobs. its just like todays news cycle about n korea which is just giving out the news as what a few people think is important. i bet if you ran a poll you would find that most american people don't care what happens in n korea. the same thing goes for this election we want news not a 24 hour polls cycle!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  149. Patrick Klunder

    Oh hell yes. I wish it were over last year! Unlike the Who song, we will all be fooled again.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  150. Martha Brooks

    Martha, Rew, PA
    Heavens NO! This one is straight out of the Laurel & Hardy School of Political Science. More fun than a barrel of monkeys...with my apologies to the monkeys!

    December 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  151. George Fossett

    I wish it would hurry up and get here and while Im wishing for things, My wish, a block on the ballot that says none of the above and if the majority choose this block, then your done and cant run again, what a circus car full of clowns we have to choose from

    December 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  152. Ros.....Illinois

    The whole Republican party is just like a Circus. They are full of negativity but you Jack are the one that is worse than they are. The difference is that your negativity is toward our President not the Republican Clowns.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  153. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    I have already tuned them out. It's like white noise and static in the background. I will start listening again when Ron Paul is in a debate with Obama.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  154. Steve Moriarty

    The US Federal elections should be modeled after the British elections. Once announced that elections would be held, candidates have 6 weeks to campaign. Politicians would have more time to fix the governmant.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  155. Kathie

    I am sick of the robocalls (on my cell phone too!) despite being on the no-call list, requests for money, and asking for me to volunteer. In Wisconsin we are in an endless election cycle. Scottie boy is being recalled as are several GOP lelgislatures (no democrats being recalled). Scottie is spending millions on TV ads (?paid for by the Koch brothers) which make me want to vomit. the news media is on every word like a dog with a bone. Yup, I am sick of the endless elections, bothersome phone calls, nonstop coverage,e tc. let's vote scottie out, replace all the gop with democrats, reelect Obama and let us return to our lives.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  156. Justin

    I think your question is too simple. There are a lot of people, like myself who want to see it over because we know that nothing substantial will be accomplished between now and the election. The problem with the length of the election cycle is that everything is "suspended for 18+ months while we wait. Investment, expansion, hiring, purchasing, and many more large scale projections have to sit and wait. If the wrong party is elected or the wrong candidate of a party then those things are frozen indefinitely and we cannot take more of that.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  157. Louis Molnar / Florida

    Jack, over? No way! Americans forget they have a responsibility to assess these politicians now, not after the fact. If you can't be responsible enough to pay attention to the political process, no matter how long, you better not complain about a party or politician after they are sitting in congress. All this political foolishness needs to be evaluated now, not while your finger is working the voting machines in confusion. Make your vote count!
    Respectfully... LOUIS MOLNAR / Florida

    December 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  158. Eric

    no but could you stop having guest on the show that forecast Ron Paul out of the race , makes me feel the the process rigged

    December 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  159. Mike S.

    We have reached a permanent election cycle in this country – and that is the beginning of the end. As soon as there is such a permanent political election cycle, NO ONE in an elected position is willing to do ANYTHING that may be used against them 3 months...6 months...2 years from now in an election. Permanent election cycle = gridlock. Here is where we must commend the British. They are limited to about 6 weeks of campaigning prior to an election day – and subject to national campaign spending limits. Some other cultures? – and when they adopted a permanent election? Greece...around 285 BC. Rome...around 380 BC. The British...the early 1800's. See the common result they all experienced? America – we are next.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  160. tonie from OK

    I think they could fix this country with all the money they spend on campaigns. Everyone should be offended with billions pouring in for just campaigns and ads when it could feed all the hungry children and fix schools. These jokers need to take a cut in pay. They make too much and they think the rules of insder trading don't apply to them. Scary

    December 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  161. Wayne - Tennessee

    What a joke....Tell Blitz I don't know what planet he's living on..."Democracy In Action".....That might be the case if the did away with the Electoral and the way it's all done...That alone eliminates most people. We need to eliminate or make transparent big company and lobby contributions, get rid of career polititions, and restructured the entire Government especially the Legislative branch. John McCain at least told the truth when he recently said that the whole system was broke,and he's absolutely right unless you are in the 1% or the congressional elete.Nothing can possibly get done everybody is nobody. If you're unique and fresh in any way or willing to comprimise you can kiss your seat goodbye. The whole thing has nothing to do with by the people and for the people. The election will never be over as long as there is no shame and no way to fix it for the people the stinkin banter continues

    December 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  162. Ron Paul Army

    YES! So that President Paul could get down to work getting the country back on track.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  163. Don goins

    I have developed a new sleeping pattern as a result of republican stumping in various formats radio, Tv debates and info mud slinging strumpets and etc., also by different web pages as well as e-mails snail-mail. All seam to fall just short of water-gate it all makes me sleepy and needing to start a new inherited need to hibernate just to miss the republicans need to feed us the trash they deem neccessary to fatten those of us that wouldn't vote for them if it would keep them out of jail now or later. The Democrats haven't even really started yet when they do Heaven help us a year and a half is just to long to attempt sleeping it off we'll wake up just as brain dead from the bombardment of stupid.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  164. lynnej in nc

    Yes!!! When it is an election year all primaries and caucuses should be held on the same day as if it were the main election. The debates should be held by different entities and not controlled by the parties. Questions should be from the voters.

    After the two nominees are named, campaigning and/or debating shouldn't take place until Labor Day weekend.

    Doing it this way would spare us from the incessant lying going on and stop us from becoming a laughing stock around the world.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm |