By CNN's Jack Cafferty:
If the 2008 presidential race was an election on steroids, the 2012 presidential race might be on Quaaludes.
Let's face it: The Obama-Romney face-off is shaping up to be a real snooze.
To be fair, it's hard to compete with the excitement of 2008: the fight to the death between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the historic nature of Obama's matchup with John McCain and the added wild card that was Sarah Palin.
This time around we had Mitt Romney battling a series of candidates who were hard to take seriously such as Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. And now Romney seems poised to pick a vanilla vice president.
As for Obama, much of the hope and change has drained out of him after 3 1/2 years. Joe Biden's about the only interesting thing going for the Democratic ticket.
Critics slam both Obama and Romney for being elitists, aloof and out of touch with ordinary Americans. That's because they are.
Obama often comes off as an Ivy League professor and Romney as a rich businessman. All this makes it increasingly difficult for the public to gin up much enthusiasm for this contest.
Roger Simon has a hilarious piece in Politico about this boring race. He asks: Where's the fun?
"Where is the sheer heart-pounding, loin-stirring, thrill-going-up-the-leg tingle that is the hallmark of a U.S. presidential race?"
Simon points out that U.S. politics has always been entertaining - going back to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
He suggests some off-the-wall tickets that could bring excitement back to this race.
Like Hillary Clinton/Bill Clinton, Barack Obama/Michelle Obama and last but not least - John Edwards/Roger Clemens.
Simon writes the latter are both survivors who know how to win and how to game the system. The potential slogan: "You think we're liars? Takes one to know one."
Here’s my question to you: Why is Obama-Romney sooo boring?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
James in North Carolina:
It is a boring race because the people are bored themselves. The economy is in the doldrums and getting worse. I am more worried about supporting my family than voting for anyone. Not too many people I know think things will get better no matter who is elected.
Olga in Austin, Texas:
Your questions are boring. They lack insight, sensitivity and intelligent knowledge of the issues. Don't question the candidates; question this country's voters for not demanding a better type of representation!
Roger in Pennsylvania:
Obama's the villain who's borrowed trillions on the backs of our grandchildren to create a false economy that is designed to get him re-elected and Romney's the superhero trying to stop him. How's that boring?
Brian in Chicago:
Come on' Jack! You can't tie Obama to Romney's boringness. Romney puts the 'BORE' in boring.
Because despite the show the candidates are putting on, the American people know they're both run by the same corporate, Wall Street power mongers. Only fans of the WWE would think otherwise of this charade unleashed on the American people every four years.
Mike in Minneapolis:
Because we're bored. This election began on November 4, 2008. Enough already.
Jeff in Georgia:
No offense, Mr. Cafferty, but if you're bored with a presidential election, perhaps you should start writing columns on theme parks, roller coasters and stand-up comedians.
When the waves are this high on the gunwales, it isn't smart to rock the boat.
They're politicians, therefore they are pandering bores. Did I answer this one correctly?
Obama's not boring, but Romney is a serious snooze.
Because Americans, totally ignorant of how to evaluate political leaders, want them to be straight from the entertainment school of charm, endless cool, all the right moves...................all useless in the "Real World" of running a country, but that makes ZERO difference to 2 generations raised in front of TV sets and now video game screens and useless electronic media junk.
We couldn't be more pathetic in this department of "American Idol" worship.
It all spells disaster and heartache.........................like many, many American homes nowdays.
Because it is a polar opposite effect. President Obama is lively and engaging, but Romney is sooooo stiff and mundane that it completely cancels out the President. At least the President can sing and Romney can... well.... ya know.
Boring?!? Who says this election is boring? A good rivalry between Republicans and Democrats is just what the doctor order for America. This election will definitely shake things up in Washington!
Too cautious. If they say/do anything substantive, they risk getting their you-know-whats caught in a wringer.
Martha, Rew, PA
Because the President has not had much to work with on any issue so we have not really seen what he can actually do and Romney is an arrogant bum who has done nothing for the middle class in any business he has been associated with. It seems to me that the GOP just likes to recycle there candidates....they had Bush for eight years, found out he was idiot, then tried McCain, who lost to Bush in 2000, now they are trying to push Romney....that man who bailed out of contention in 2008. What a sad party the GOP is.......
Jack: Mitt Romney is boring. Mitt was boring when he ran against John McCain for the Republican Party nomonation in 2008. President Obama may not be as exciting as he was in 2008, but he is working everyday in the White House trying to solve difficult problems Americans face. Mitt Romney says the same old thing; I can create jobs and improve the economy, except Mitt never tells us how this would be done.
Ok Jack!! Tell me one thing that is boring about Obama? He killed bin Laden! He kept the wars going! He kept GITMO open!! He's kept the defence budget high! Wall St and the banks are making more money than ever before! He's keeping the medical premiums high! Gas prices are high!! All the corporate welfare is still going strong!! So, what's boring about that? No jobs bill. No workers Bill of Rights. No end to this depression. A refinance plan for every homeowner to keep their home or refinance it into a lower interest rate. So, is that his fault? Where is the Legislative agenda from the house? You know, Nancy Pelosi's old job? Where are all the non-boring policies from the house? Like a jobs bill? Cutting the cost of Health Insurance? Ending corporate welfare? Cutting the defence budget? Helping people keep their homes!! And on and on and on...where are the Legislative bills from the House floor to end our economic depression? The same place where nothing gets done to benefit us...in John Boehners office, that's where. Keep on voting against your self best interest!! It's going to get real boring living in a cardboard box in some swamp or under a freeway somewhere!
After watching the colown car GOP primary season and the fact that neither of them lose their cool very often is probably the biggest reason; the other reason is that the News networks have been covering the presidential election seems like the day after President Obama was elected, just maybe the voters are suffering from coverage burnout – I know I'm sick of it because very few reproters will ask tough questions for fear of never getting access again and when they do manage to ask a tough question of Mitt Romney, they never get a clear answer. It is frankly disgusting.
I think in Romney's case he is used to being around people that belong to expensive country clubs and carry their nose high in the air. These people are always boring to the rest of us. As far as Obama is concerned I think he needs a spark like the one we seen in the last election. He was far from being boring then.
Because despite the show they're putting on, the American people know they're both run by the same corporate, wall street, dual citizen power mongers. Only fans of the WWE would think otherwise of this charade unleashed on the American people every four years. Public financing of elections and laws against government bribery are the only way out of this mess.
No offense, Mr. Cafferty, but if you're bored with a presidential election, perhaps you should start writing columns on theme parks, roller coasters & stand-up comedians.
Mostly because it is the same sing different verse. We have heard the same thing from both sides for years, "We have a better plan then they do". In reality neither have a plan to get us out of the situation that they themselves got us into. Poor political policy year after year has ruined the economy. All this hype amounts to is more empty promises and big spending while the debt rises.
It's because they're very predictable. They both go on and on about the issues they care about instead of the issues we need addressed with urgency. This is like watching a bad movie over and over.
He just is, Jack. The question is, why is the boring guy the nominee? Probably because people were scared Palin might actually win. Lets face it, Robert Dole is a laugh riot compared to Mittens – and probably won more electoral votes than Romney will.
Because there is no independent candidate out there. Where did they go Jack this could of really been their year this year. This could be the first year I will not vote it looks like Obama or Romney will not be able to fix or change anything.
It is a boring race because the people are bored themselves. The economy is in the doldrums and getting worse. I am more worried about supporting my family than voting for anyone. Not too many people I know think things will get better no matter who is elected.
Politicians cant be exciting Jack it would eliminate them from contention if they actually proposed real policy, or actually did something while in office,or took a visible stand on the issues of the day. The trick isn't to win an election anymore the trick is to not lose an election by saying or doing something that some voting bloc,or minority or fundraiser might disagree with or find offensive. The faces on the ballot are just the frosting that covers the flawed,corruptable, agenda driven people that make make up the adminasttration that enters the white house thru the back door.
Would it be because Romney dose have a massage or plan?
Comon' Jack! You can't tie Obama to Romney's boringness. Romney puts the 'BOR' in boring.
Because no matter which Party is represented in the White House, the job is the same. The job of the Pesident is to be the chief spokesman, for the most powerfull Special Interest Groups. The average citizen is not one of these powerful special interest groups. The President is not an individual, he is a tool for those folks, that hide behind the curtain of fear. These bosses are the leaders of the Military, The Big Corporations, Representatives of Lawyers, Insurance, Health Care, Pharmaceutical Companies, Police, Firemen, Teachers, Labor, you name it. Anything and everything but the common citizen and the common sense the common citizen represents. Nothing is going to change, no matter who wins the Presidential contest. The worst case scenario is the country goes bankrupt, and the people go bananas like in Egypt. Then the Military will take over until things settle down. The older you are the more boring it is, we have been down this road so many times before. Thank God we still have Joe Biden and Tiger Woods to look forward to. Doug, Pepperell, MA.
Its boring because Obama is in hiding. He is running from his disasterous record so no questions can be asked of him. Don't you see everything is falling apart for Obama. Its called Karma!!!!!!
If the media doesn't hold President Obama accountable for what he says and what he's done, then how do you expec there to be any drama?
Jack: Maybe because the perpeutal happiness in the Garden of Eden became so boring that eating the apple was justified-of course they are always opening their mouth and placing their "feats" in it.
Because they are both civill and polite people by nature. Nice, but boring. .. and it's going to stay that way unless we pit Biden and Christie against each other. That'll give it a little jazz. Pick Christie, Zzzomney, please!!!
Carol in Northamtpon MA
Romney because all he does is complain about what obama should have done. He forgets that most of the problems Obama faces was caused by his party, 2 wars that we can neither win or get out of are draining our economy, too many companies that have taken all the jobs overseas, and give incentive to do it by the last administration. None of which is Obama's fault.
The Democrats don't help by being silent.
They sound like everyone that has run for president before , sos,promises and nothing to show for it.They have the attitude that they shouldn't have to do any of this.
The candidates are just trying to get thru the campaign without making big mistakes or blunders. The SuperPacs will do damage to the opponent. The candidates can then stand on the sidelines and deny everything without having to technically disagree with the attack ads. Its called having your pie and eating it too.
Because one has already screwed us and the other is getting ready to screw us.
How do you get excited for that?
It points up the validity of the old saying, "If you snooze, you loose." Come November the American people will snooze, one of these two will get elected, and we the people once again will loose. I think historically low voter turnout favors the out of favor party; unfortunately, it seems both parties are out of favor (at least with me). Could you pass the barf bag please? Late night comedians will be on a lite diet for material until January or depending on Congress for laughs.
Because we're bored. This election began on November 4, 2008. Enough already.
It's major league tedious because sensible people have come to realize that neither gentleman means a single thing that oozes out of his mouth. Both candidates are smoothies being manipulated by crafty handlers who prepare speeches solely designed to cater to the specific audience of the moment. Truth and integrity are simply casualties in the quest to purchase votes. As a Canadian, I have no American political affiliations whatsoever, but it certainly appears to me that neither party when elected will do what's best for America as a whole. I don't know how you've managed to totally pervert democracy over the past generation, but this 2012 presidential race now seems quite meaningless. Too bad they couldn't just decide the winner with a beer-chugging contest. At least we would know that the new President was good at something.
It's boring because most Americans understand that In this age of hyper-partisanship and record filibusters, the President really can't do much without his party controlling the House and having 60 votes in the Senate. They can make all the promises they want, but we realize they have no way of keeping them.
Why is Obama-Romney sooo boring?
Real question is why are you lumping these two men as one, Jack?
Obama is young, brilliant, connects with everyone, a good sport, likeable to all but racists, compassionate, fun, open, PRESIDENTIAL.
Where as Romney is old, robotic, sees Americans as the "little people", arrogant, fake, only connects with "his kind" and an uncaring bully.
There is no comparison.
Unless you are an elite member of CPAC, neither candidate has anything to offer the American Public!
If Romney says anything it's racism, If Obama says anything it's incriminating evidence..stalemate.
Because Obama has been ineffective and everyone knows Romney is George Bush Jr. Part 2.
It will always be difficult to compare any election to 2008. That was the first election in my long lifetime that did not include an incumbent Pres or VP. Obama, Clinton, Palin, McCain all added a different twist to what is usually a boring process. I don't think this election is any more boring than most...it's just never going to compare to 2008...now that was an election.
The issue is that neither of the present candidates has offered anything in the line of transparent reform, like raising the minimum wage, including a new Volker rule to fix longstanding Wallstreet financial institution risk-taking loopholes, or raising issues of instituting reforms to aid the American Black community. In the past four years, and as a fact, Obama has not done a damn thing to represent standard changes in policy to aid and greater assist Black Americans, and he has not been held accountable in any media lime light for that standardized failure in policy reform.
It's 2012 Jack, the planets will align on 12-21-12 and it won't matter. That thought is more exciting than the Presidential race but this one may be more important to our future than Pearl Harbor as this will determine where America goes in the next generation. I sure hope we get it right.
I just fell asleep reading this question-must be bored. If the 2008 race was on steriods, this race must be on laxatives. It just keeps going and going, and with the results not too interesting. I think that Obama is just about out of empty words and Romney appears to be out of ideas.
"You mean you wan't a slanging match, and Romney to losse his cool, just to pleas CNN. Well I think he should just let
Obama stew in a bad mix of Elephant-Dung, and Waffles!"
Jack, we are AMERICANS....the most spoiled bunch of humans on the planet. Everything has to "entetertain" us. I'm surprised people don't complain that open heart surgery should be more "exciting" We think everything has to have some sort of Game Show or Reality Show element and only exist if it entertains us! Well, guess what? Electing a leader is serious business....it's not supposed to be "fun and exciting". Get over it.
Why is Obama-Romney sooo boring?
there's not much difference between either of them. For instance, Romney will end up "tweaking" obamacare -I doubt if he gets rid of it completely.
Vote – Democrat – 2012 – for the working Middle Class people.
Why is Obama-Romney sooo boring?
All Battles are boring. "they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize"
"they do it to obtain a corruptible crown" (1st Corinthians 9: 24-25)
This election may be boring, but it is also one of the most important.The middle class is on the verge of being disenfranchised by big money. This election is not about Republicans vs. Democrats. It is about a democracy of, for, and by the people, vs. a government of, for, and by the very rich. The Republican sycophants who cater to the super pacs, are guilty of treason. They are selling our country for meager rewards.
Because they're both predictable Jack. Obama's playing to the liberal left, the folks on food stamps and welfare and minorities. Romney's playing to old white guys like you, the Tea Party crowd, working class people and the 1%ers among us. Listening to either of these two is like watching paint dry - totally boring.
Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona
this is a boring race because with the exception of the health-care act, the president has been completely hamstrung by the GOP, leaving him helpless to accomplish much of anything exciting.
romney is proving to be an empty suit. only providing lip service and no real plan for the country to get excited about. he's holding all his cards so close to the vest i'm almost positive his hand is all jokers.
the only hope i have for an exciting race will be the presidential debates. we'll see how much fun an etch-a-sketch can be.
One is doing the job of being president, which doesn't rate with the all important pie crust making that Mitt was doing. You know, anything Republicans do is great blah blah blah. Actually I thought it was exciting that while Obama was sitting next to Putin at the summit in Mexico for photo ops, a ship carrying destroyer helicopters traveling from Russia to Syria turned back. But I guess that can't relate to pie crust making or even all the lies made up by the rightwing.
Since the media, in recent times, is so readily available, people are educating themselves about politics and the 2012 presidential race. I'm not saying the media is becoming obsolete. I am saying that the media is doing its job by educating the public. The 2008 presidential election was the last election that the citizens of the U.S. sat by and took republican and democrat at face value. This country is waking up to the reality that there are no important differences between those two parties. There is no excitement behind this 2012 presidential election, because the republican and democratic party are the same. For many American citizens, there is no hope left. Nobody is going to bring change. These two candidates who represent two parties offer empty promises. We are going to get the same results with either party, and those results seem very bleak.
President Obama is running the country. Romney is running his mouth.
When it comes time, President Obama will inspire and motivate a lot of people. Romney will still be vague and letting his millionare buddies run attack ads while he stilll just runs his mouth.
I'm for President Obama all the way. romney is a corporatist. We have too many of those already, hoarding their money and offering slave wages to a very few people.
Obama's the villian who's borrowed trillions on the backs of our grandchildren to create a false economy that is designed to get him re-elected and Romney's the super hero trying to stop him. How's that boring?
There aren't really any historical factors this time around. In 2008 an African American and a female were closing in on a party's ticket – that was historical. Whatever the outcome was historical. Then Palin was added to the Republican ticket – a female on the Republican Party ticket = historical. ...this race? A Mormon versus a lame duck candidate? I'm afraid this race is going to remain rather uneventful – UNLESS we add a crazy person to the ticket! Can we add Donald Trump or Christine O'Donnell just for laughs?!
Makes no sense because the difference between the two is as stark as the contrast between black and white. Both offer radically different view points and paths forward, have vastly different supporters: old white guys offended by the word "vagina", versus everyone else. Come to think of it, this is a boring question, but thanks for the Quaalude reference, it reminded me of 11th grade history when the teacher asked question after question with no one offering an answer, so the teacher finally asked if we were all on ludes, which lead to someone raising their hand and proclaiming that "people on ludes should not drive", have a great weekend Jack!
Why is Obama-Romney sooo boring? Would attacking each others character and worth make it more interesting?
Neither of them is very boring at all. they both have lived very successful and exciting lives. America may see them as boring because America has become obsessed with reality TV and are not satisfied unless they see that same silliness played out in American politics. America has a case of schizophrenia in that they want intelligent well educated well traveled and success men to serve in national leadership positions but then they want a Yahoo kind of guy to vote for.
"Obama is aloof and out of touch with ordinary Americans"? ARE You SERIOUS?
at least he wasn't "born with a silver FOOT in his MOUTH" like Romney and saw his share of economic hardship when he was young. just THAT in ITSELF makes me think he has a LOT more empathy for the plight of average Americans than Mitt "Outsourcing and Downsizing" Romney will EVER have.
and I haven't heard Obama endorsing a plan to steal seniors Medicare to give even MORE tax breaks to millionaires which is what Romney and Paul Ryan want to do.
your "false equivalency" between these two candidates is BOGUS.
Can it be because their is nothing exciting about the state of our economy or to be wondering if you are ever going to find a job again? The excitement will come when our country is given a chance to move forward with the election of Romney!! Obama's hope and change just "bored" this nation to death!!
Becuz we still dont have a 3rd party independent of wicked special interest favors
What's to laugh at, the u.s. is bankrupt, and broken beyond repair. The only people having a good time are the boring air heads on cable tv, and wall street banksters.
Oh, you mean Fred Flintstone and Elmer Fudd? Right, what a choice! Let's face it, we've lost confidence in Obama and now we see his speeches as just that, speeches. They are much of the same finding someone to blame game. He now reminds be of Mohammed Ale who said "me ... whee", and "I'm the greatest". Difference being Ale was right. Now, in deed Romney will have a different approach, but can we stay awake long enough to really hear and understand it? And, what is "it" anyhow? They say that this will be an election where, for once, the people will really need to really "listen" to their words, but my bet is that the people won't really understand either of them. Because of the mess that the country is in, I believe if Romney has an ounce of charisma this wouldn't be a contest. But .... go figure.
Oh dont worry Jack, after John Kerry livens up the ole Mittens, the gloves will come off and we will have a good ole fashioned free for all......we have Carl Rove, and the GOP already getting down and dirty....trying to sling mud pies on the president, so I am sure that when the Debates come, they will have maligned him enough to where you will see some fireworks.....
Jack you're to close to the presidential race that, you can't see the situation clearly. Taking a line from the movie/ book "Gone with the Wind"... "Frankly my dear I/we don't give a Damn". We know from where the real problems stem and where we have been taken since 2000 and the approval rating of the Republican party - a clue. A war not budgeted, going to the wrong country and over four thousand souls died. Not to forget the death among the Iraqi's innocent . And the debt put on our grandchildren's backs.
President Obama is the closet candidate to repersent a Robin Hood. Not to forget the sins of the Elite upon the middle class and the poor of our country. No further information needed, turning off the TV and just waiting for election day November 2012.
Obama is not being elitist, aloof and out of touch with ordinary Americans. If you've ever watched him around regular people, you'd know better. He and Michelle, like millions of regular people, just finished paying off their student loans 8 years ago. Obama grew up poor, had to "find" his identity, and climbed the latter with no help from a rich daddy. Stop lumping Obama and Romney together. The reason this election is "so boring" is because we've seen both of them before-but it doesn't mean Obama is as you describe.
They're boring because Romney repeats everything Obama says and Obama repeats everything Romney says and after awhile they bore you to death.
Wait for the debates.
It should get a lot more interesting, and the choices will become much more clear.
Speak for yourself. President Obama still excites me.
Jack, You're starting to look like the "Old White Men" you were talking about in yesterday's Cafferty Files. You're getting too grumpy, dude. Maybe you should run for President and change things, because you don't ever seem to be pleased with anything.
A) Romney will NOT say anything of substance. His speeches are talking point rote smears on the President and bland boilerplate that says nothing about his plans for the future.
B) The President gives long speeches that exceed the average cable pundit's attention span.
C) The lazy, stupid way the corporate hacks in the naitonal media treat every issue like a leg of a horse race. Even when the President gives a speech full of substance and concrete actions, the hacks in the studio immediately fall back on how that registers as a move in the political game that they are all watching while the country burns. cy from arlington, va
Romney is boring because he has yet to actually propose alternatives to the healthcare reform bill he's so dead-set on abolishing, plus his repeated attempts to dodge issues like contraception, immigration, and education by constantly shoving the whole "it's the economy, stupid" routine down our throats. Obama is starting to become boring because he's done little to counter Romney. Then of course, there's still the Ron Paul Question.
Why is it boring? Because they are the same product in different colors. IF Romney is the GOP nominee at least there is hope for some comic relief to look foward to in the Presidential debates when Obama the oblivious-orator meets Romney the oblivious-stutterer. The liberty movement that has infected America is what's truly exciting, but CNN refuses to talk about it.
Boredom is a self inflicted wound. I believe my candidate is doing a fantastic job and is far from boring. However, I do think your candidate is totally boring....
Obama because he can't get the economy going.
Romney because he just will not give us his plan to get the economy going.
Both will lose my vote. I am writing in " none of the above " this November.
When Mitt Romney is talking about teaming up with Tim Pawlenty and Obama is just playing it safe at this point, don't expect any fireworks this fall.
The more interesting question would be how many folks are not voting at all?
Because we live in a dying, despicable civilization and anyone who wants to lead it is probably a sociopath.
It's boring because we all know the result already. There's no chance the President who saved the economy can lose to a representative of all what caused that crisis. Want an exciting election? Wait for Hillary 2016 against whoever the GOP can pick. (hope they will have somebody worthy by then)
Blame it on the right-leaning SCOTUS. They took the fun out of the Presidential Election. It is like watching a boring Super-Bowl game, when the real fighting is taking place on the stands, and in the parking lots.
An interesting race needs interesting candidates. We'v already had 3 years of President Obama, so the country is familiar with him. For the most part, the country is familiar with Romney from the previous presidential race. In other words, what is there left to find out about?
Because after a year of political posturing with anther 5 months to go, it all begins to sound like Lucy: "Blah, blah, blah, blah ...".
It's simple Jack. We all know President Obama is going to win. By a Landslide.
They're boring because of this failure we call the economy. Everyone has lost hope and these candidates bring none to the table. Obama gave false hopes and promises. Romney is just a boring candidate in general. Bill Clinton would really get my excitement running.
If you're bored with this election, you're bored with American politics. This is the first clear partisan choice since Kennedy-Nixon. Who should rule, the millionaires or the middle class?
The vitriol of the high priced political ads have sickened me to the point I don't even want to watch. You can thank the Supreme Court for turning people off and thereby tuning them out!
They're boring because nearly ALL of America is ready for someone to abandon their hardcore devotion to their own base, throw themselves on the sword, and SOLVE A PROBLEM! Almost none of us are so foolish to believe that one side always has the right answers. Somehow though, politicians have become involved in ONLY what the polls tell them and completely lost all "common" sense in evaluating their positions on everything from "free lunches" to further deregulation of the financial sector!
Because Obama has proven that no matter how dynamic or promising a candidate may be, nothing will change. The majority of voters have learned that no matter who is president, as long as congress is unwilling to play nice and work for the best interest of country instead of themselves, no one can make a difference as President. We've lost faith in our government as a people. We simply can't keep emotionally investing ourselves in a losing proposition.
The races are no longer Battles of the Titans to determine the leader of our great nation. It has become a bought-and-paid-for media game with two well-choreographed opponents slogging it out like a paid entertainment event.
Natural leaders are nowhere in sight. It takes natural leaders that evolve in order for them to have the qualities to be President.
The American people know it and they have tuned out.
Is that all you got? You are boring today.
Prosper in Atlanta.
"it's the economy duh"
Jack, I think Obama-Romney is boring because we've heard it all before. The same polarization exists. The same arguments. The same do nothing Congress. The same economy. The exact same dividing lines for the past decade aren't changing. There's nothing new they can say or do without accidentally moving even slightly away from their steadfast lunacies.
This campaign has been going on since Obama's first day on the job! There's only so much to be said on either side and it's already been said a thousand times. Boring? It's like watching a video loop on CNN!
Because Ron Paul is being left out of the fight. He has NOT dropped out and I guarantee he could shake things up and make the race more than 2 ideologically-similar liars shouting blindly at each other, especially come the RNC in Tampa.
They both sang for us, what do you want, a little soft shoe?
Jack, who cares if it's boring? Obama is "boring" because you suckers out there found out he was a phony, lying sack of you know what and has a failed record he scared to death of running on. Romney is "boring" because he just wants to solve economic problems and isn't interested in using empty campaign rhetoric like Obama does to kiss everyone's rear end and makes it seem he really cares about you. Boring is fine by me.
2008 was the moment of truth for America – hot off the heels of George Bush's catastrophic presidency, it was the same old same old versus the agent of hope and reinvigoration. Now that he's in office, he's more like a guy who struggles against the tired, counterproductive Washington shtick – sometimes giving in to it. His opponent? A privileged businessman who was only chosen by his own party for not being off-the-wall insane. It's a perfect illustration of what's wrong with the modern American political scene.
They both are talking to us to death....we want action, not talk. We want solutions, not attack ads. Talk is cheap, and we have learned politicians are talking animals...so they need to use some imagination and creativity in talking to us, most of us simply tune them out. We believe the adage, when a politicians mouth is moving, he is lieing... They are compaigning just like it was 1980.........someone needs to tell them, no one is listening....
Its not boring....the media just doesnt have enough "negative" stuff on President Obama. He went to school, earned good grades, President of the Law Review, got married, had kids (in wedlock), found job, supported his family, got a mortgage.... If that's boring then I'll take the boring Incumbent.
It's boring because there is very little REAL difference between the two. Blue establishment vs. red establishment. Goldman Sachs vs. Goldman Sachs. Whoop dee do...
Obama and Romney are sooooo boring because they are politicians who are guarded in everything they say. If they both let it all hang out we might know something about them. I do think that Romney is the biggest phoney born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a sense of entitlement.
It's boring because OBAMA has ended the war – got Bin Laden – we are out of IRAQ – People in Afganastan want to grow saffron. Nancy/Tulsa
Mt. Shasta, CA
Considering the state of our country, this isn't about fun or exitement, it's about saving our country. Obama is boring because his record of consistant failure is, well, boring. And let's face it, Mitt Romney is not exactly Mr. Excitement. Things may get more interesting as we get closer to the election, but I'll settle for a boring new president that will turn things around. I've had enough of the kind of "excitement" we've been having recently.
What makes you think Obama is boring Jack? He still has the same passion in his election in 2008. At least he stands for something. Whether it be Healthcare, Immigration reform, Peace in the world, Economic plans, Same-sex marriage or Student loan reform, I don't see a boring president in my eyes. Romney is another case.
Those concerned with the entertainment aspect of the political race are obviously unscathed by the economy.
if you are interested in the issues, it is not boring. getting out of afgahnistan, protecting women's rights, fixing immigration so it is fair and workable for all involved, reforming excess speculation and excessive risk taking by corporations that are so big they can risk the stability of the economy, making sure all who can't afford healthcare get a fair shot at getting some type of protection, making sure the tax code is fair to the middle class – we can bring back the ronals reagan tax code for starters. Romney is on the wrong side of all these issues – not to mention he is tied at the hip with the tea party.
You realize this is a Presidential race not The Kardashians. After Wategate, Whitewater, Iran-Contra, the War on Terror, Acorn, etc. etc. etc......I think the country could use a little boring. Of course this means we may have deal with the boring problem of fixing the disaster of an economy....but maybe the media could report on meaningful things rather than salivating over the latest politcal scandal......God how I miss Gerald Ford!!! Give me boring anyday!!!
It's only June, so the real promises won't begin until September and by then, it will be anything but boring. We have two men who never served their country in uniform and yet, Rommey loves to rattle sabres and imply we will get further involved in the Middle East while President Obama has not lived up to his promise that we would be out by the end of his first term. We are still in Iraq and it appears that we will be in the Graveyard of Empires for a very long time.
Why are they so boring? This is just another thing that is wrong with our political system. Who cares if they are boring, shouldn't solutions and results be our focus instead of what is interesting and exciting? If your voting on excitement, maybe you shouldn't be voting. On the list of priorities, excitement factor should be close to the bottom. But once we get to the bottom of that list, Obama has that Romney robot by a landslide. Personalities and likeability should not be a factor, but I've seen glasses of water with more personality than the Mittbot 3000.
It only seems dull Jack, because the Republican Primary contest was a hoot. Saturday Night Live couldn't match those fools who were running. Of course, they settled on Mitt because there was nothing left. Maybe, the Republican convention will liven things up. All the clowns will be back in prime time.
Mitt Romney is just a Republican version of Michael Dukakis. Ex-governor from Massachusetts who has nothing to offer the American people. Romney stands for nothing, will betray US, and will fall in November.
Obama is like a Jimmy Carter and Romney has the potential to be a Ronald Reagan. Wait until the debates that's when Obama will seem more vulnerable, and Romney less unfavorable.
The sheeple of the US finally realize that politicians are all the same at their core. We finally realize that nothing will change when bureaucrats and elected officials that are spokespeople for corporations and shady governments are in power. The only way we're going to be excited with hope is if we overhaul the government and meet in a moderate middle ground that outlaws lobbying.
I think most of the supposed "boredom" comes from the fact that the GOP doesn't really have a strong candidate in Romney, as it seems he was the only guy that lasted. The party itself seems divided. Even the tea-party movement seems to have run out of steam, maybe since the cameras are off of them. At any rate, 2008 was more exciting because it was the first time you had a black man running for the biggest job in all the land. Throw in Palin and whatever was behind that maneuver, and it was interesting to see how things would play out. Couple that with the eruption of the economic turmoil and it only amped up the intensity. We were all watching to see who would win and what they would do to fix what was too big to fail.
It's boring because its 5 months till the election it will pick up closer to NOVEMBER.
Since when does Mr.Cafferty get the say in whats boring and what's not. No offense sir but I can't take that seriously from someone who manages to make Ben Stein sound like Richard Simmons. But all jokes aside, the election isn't supposed to be fun or exciting. This is not Jersey shore or The Voice, this is an election to decide who will run this country. I'm tired of hearing about how boring this is or how everyone has a lack of enthusiasm about the election. The bottom line is that America needs to stop trying to make entertainment out of this election and pay close attention to the issues. One man (President Obama) wants to burn some of the crop to save the rest, while the other (Romney) wants to burn the entire crop to plant a new one. Lets look at history. The policies Obama wants to uphold will not make things better immediately but will be a long arduous process that will eventually strengthen the economy. Romney's policies put more money in the hands of corporations in the hopes that they will spread the wealth and ignore the absence of the consumer base needed for the demand to drive the sales they need to "create jobs."
A political race should be boring, that way it does not distract from what is important, civil/gay rights, Health Care, and the budget. Drama is for 'reality' television not presidential campaigns. There should only be room for facts, not distractions.
From a UC Santa Cruz student
Mitt Romney plans for the government to not do anything, and Obama has no way of doing anything due to the stalemate in Congress. It's really a choice between two figureheads who will have no real effect on the economy.
Obama Nor Romney Are Good Choice . We need a person who's 100% concerned for United States Citizen.
Who's going to help the Middle Class and take the job serious . I agree both will lose my vote . I havn't seen
anything good out of this last 4 years with Obama , Except for Liessss.
Obama Nor Romney has no idea , what citizens needs, they're only in polictians for there own agenda .
Making sure there bank accts are filled up , before leaving office .....Neither one can be Trusted.
The 2012 Presidential Election seems so boring for two simple reasons, Romney is so bland that its painfully awkward and President Obama has became stale with the American people.
Among many other negatives, all that glittering razzle-dazzle has brought us ineptness and a nearly 50% increase in debt...I'll take boring and competent from someone with actual experience any day.
Boring, Jack? We're electing a leader of the free world, not crowning the next winner of the Bachelorette.
I don't care if President Obama or Governor Romney cannot connect with me on a personal level. I care that they can put our families back to work, help clean up our neighborhoods, and educate our children. Finding solutions to those problems doesn't sound very boring to me – it sounds necessary.
If you want mud-slinging, character assassinations, testosterone-fueled foreign policy quackery, ridiculous photo-ops at bars in the middle of Iowa, or divisive sound bites, that's too bad. Because that isn't how an American President should be selected.
If anyone thinks the upcoming PRESIDENTIAL election is boring, then WAKE UP as our economy goes literally off the charts as the REPUBLICAN PARTY hangs on to its own platform forgetting full well why they have been elected. COMPROMISE and doing the constituents work is why they were sent to Washington D.C. It's so easy for so many to blame President Obama and the Democratic Party, however but they are NOT the individuals failing to write & create legislation to improve the American condition. The REPUBLICANS have become the PARTY OF JUST SAY NO! I thought that was the policy of Nancy Reagen to JUST SAY NO! ......That was to be to taking or using illegal drugs. COULD BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES try.....just try to do what they were elected to do......SERVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Ron , Homeland Security retiree
In a word, it's Romney. Most voters on the right want to get rid of Obama. But the great majority of them don't really want Romney either. They may vote for him but who is going to get enthused about a candidate who doesn't even recognize a doughnut? Obama , on the other hand is low key and far too intellectual for Joe Average. Americans have been conditioned to expect loud, simple and annoying input like car dealer's TV commercials or the mindless rants of Limbaugh, Beck, et al. If it doesn't scream, gyrate or explode, it's BORING !
It's sickening that the American people have only these 2 options for the Presidency. Both avoid answering questions, both promise false hope and both are completely out of touch with the middle class. The reality for all of us is regardless of the outcome, keep your seat belts fastened because there is still nobody at the wheel!
I dislike Romney with a passion, and absolutely love Obama. You can't compare the two. One is smart and one is stupid.
This question is essentially what's wrong with mainstream media. Too concerned with how entertaining a story is, rather than how important it is just to be told. Elections are not meant to be entertaining. They are simply how we chose the most important people to make the most important decisions that impact economies, justice, lives. If one needs entertainment in an election to vote, I would rather keep them boring.
It's so boring becasue it is so dishonest, especially on the GOP side. Every candidate for every national office, and every one of their supporters and tame media outlets, has the same false talking points, claims, and attacks. Same ol', same ol', every time they get some tv time. Tell me something I haven't heard before; better yet, try telling me the truth for a change!
It's boring because it's the same song and dance we've heard every 4 years over the past several elections – there is nothing new here...AT ALL. Biggest election ever....blah, blah, blah...
A political race should be boring, that way it does not distract from what Americans should be paying attention to, civil/gay rights, health care, and the budget. Drama is for "reality" television not political campaigns. There should only be room for facts, not distractions.
From a UC Santa Cruz student
Hey Jack, did you say Romney is Boring? yes!! Romney is a robot that needs new battery to add life. Just pull his string and he will repeat everything you say and a lot of flip-flops to keep you entertained. President Obama is cool, and smart.
Well I don't know Jack. Where is Richard Nixon when we need him. It seems we can only get one Watergate a Century. Hell, they kept that Soap Opera going for 2 and one half years. and now nothing. They keep diging up old Tricky Dick but you can only get so much mileage out of that until everybody is bored to death. Once in a while they go back to It's All Bush's Fault but even that is getting old. Well the Stock Market is way down and maybe we will ger downgraded again. Sorry but it is the best I can do on short notice.
Oh, you mean the Robomney twins? It's because they are flip sides of the same coin and should actually be running together on the same ticket. They are both just pandering puppets of the 1% anyway that will say and dowhatever it takes to get votes, then all bets are off once they are in office. I plan on writing in Hillary even if she isn't running just to make a statement about the two rotten choices we are offered.
"Obama often comes off as an Ivy League professor and Romney as a rich businessman."
We COULD have another populist President ala Jimmy Carter.
It seems many Americans have thrown up their hands in frustration, adopting the "learned helplessness" syndrome of a society that has given up on their ability to sort truth from hype. They have merely stopped watching. For those of us who have given it some attention, we have been shocked by Republican candidates who rave about being pro life, but state it's okay to let the poor who can't afford health insurance die. Some of us have joined "Dogs against Romney" in view of his apparent compassion for his canine pet. Make the truth mandatory in this campaign, and it would become more interesting. Whatever happened to government for the people?
I am a Republican and I do not like Romney. He flip-flops to much. I have had Democrats tell me that they do not like Obama eithier. It is because our candidates are not very likably, but yet they are not saying anything crazy enough eithier. A third party candidate such as Gary Johnson could make it more interesting. It is probable that the Debates and Romney's VP selection will make things interesting.
Jack, maybe the American People have finally come to the realization that it doesn't really matter who sits at the top of that compose pile we call the Federal Government. In the last Presidential Election the country bought into O'Bama's claims of change and tranparency. What a crock ! As the dust settles on O'Bama's first administration the people are beginning to realize that he and George W were not as polar as the 2008 campain lead every one to believe. They seem to have similar talents when it comes to the economy....jw
They are both boring (to be polite) because they both want to keep doing all the same WRONG things that every President we have had in my lifetime of 58 years continues the same policies that are a DISASTER for the 'common folk': Endless war, endless debt to pay for war, boom/bust economies, inflation creating monetary policy, etc. etc.
The campaign is boring because the American people have heard the position of both parties stated over and over and over, again. What the people really want to know, however, is what the candidates themselves will state about those positions when millions upon millions of voters will ACTUALLY be watching and listening. The debates are coming, Jack. Hang on!
If you want some excitement, start to report some exciting news about this presidential race instead of asking these sour questions. Try maybe to Google "" Romney dressage" and you will have something to talk about on the CNN news to show how governor Romney is so in touch with common Americans. I am almost your age and I don' t like bitter people like you giving the rest of us the name of "Grumpy old people".
Obama is the president of promises what happend to the change that he said in 2008 he is just the wrong president,Romney
was in Florida he really sound like a real PRESIDENT i am democrat but OBAMA is the wrong person to be in the WHITE HOUSE.... Romney was right obama present the inmigration the other day just to get latin voters but he would not have mine.
OBAMA IS BORING BIG TIME
When one guy probably has to order his dinner using a teleprompter and the other seems to care more about having every last hair on his head in place rather than speaking about real issues, how can they not be a bore?
It isn't that Obama is boring. How engaging of a conversation can he have with a repulican puppet like Romney? I am still waiting for anything solid to come out of this man's mouth that is original and not just scripted by the Republican party. Skip the debates and fast forward to Obama's exception speech so he can get back to work and continue helping the little guy have a fair shot at a future. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that Bush threw our country into.
Anything BUT boring, Kack. More like standing on the edge of the cliff with the abyss of Communism below waiting for us to fall. This election and Obama scares the heck out of me!
It's boring because nothing can top the Clemens trial that sucked millions of tax dollars away for what? John edwards trial just concluded and that was a farce. We have the AG defying Congress and so far doing such a good job of it, he has a vote on his own account coming up next week. The President has continued to blame G Bush for everything bad while crediting himself for his wealth of knowledge and abilities when something good happens.....which is rare (boring). We have the Secret Service debacle 1 and NOW Secret Service Debacle 2 (MV style) where these knuckleheads, while good at what they do, could not approximate the necessary character needed to be where they are. Romney doesn't have to say much, do much or make huge waves, Obama is doing it all for him....well.....along with his Congressional and Staff buddies. Obama, in my estimation, needs to start investigating the real estate ads as he will need a new crib come January!
Not boring at all! I am frightened that Romney will win. He is a known bully, hypocrite, and he can't wait to get us into more wars and plunder our recovery on useless defense spending. I'll work hard for President Obama.
Pollster at a ladie's door, pen in hand.
"Madam, If the election were to be held today..."
Her response, "I'd be ever so grateful!"
That 30 year old cartoon point out the frustration with the 'system' and the quality of the candidates.
YAWN!! Let the revolution begin!
They're boring because neither one dares to say anything that might offend either a) their big pocket lobbiests, or b) their bloc-voting constituants. Therefore, be be bland, don't make anybody mad, just rale at the other guy. I'm waiting for the debates !
Boring ! The President just marked his 100th round of golf and Mitt just had his hair schelacked. 100 rounds , REALLY ! Historically Presidents serving during difficult times worked constantly. I 'll bet Lincoln never played 100 rounds during his Presidencey and I know FDR certainly did not. When does the President work on the issues, on Airforce One with Clooney and Pitt?
Well, when you have 2 errand boys running for the mostly showpiece title of US President that are pretty much controlled by the same people, that gets a bit dull. Sure they have some variations to give people the grand illusion of distinct choice, but anyone who dares to open their eyes, do some real research, and think for themselves know what presidential elections have become. So for us, on that Tuesday in November, when everyone is watching intently to see "what direction" America has chosen, we'll be watching reruns of Hazel, or women's volleyball on ESPN 45, because we know it won't really matter too much who wins.
because ether one of them are no good. they fight like children over a toy about the election..i think if they both grew up and stand for what they think is right. it would be a lot better election
This presidential is all about How can we get the black man out of the WH. Nothing more!
Romney has a new campaign tactic that will insure he is the most boring person alive. Apparently stung by being branded a flip flopper or Mr. Etch A Sketch, he can't take both sides of most issues. So, now he has decided to not take a position at all or at least a very vague one. Recent examples include his so specifics speech today to Hispanics,
Romney has a new campaign tactic that will insure he is the most boring person alive. Apparently stung by being branded a flip flopper or Mr. Etch A Sketch, he can't take both sides of most issues now. So, now he has decided to not take a position at all or at least a very vague one. Recent examples include his no specifics speech today to Hispanics, being for equal pay for women in principle but having no opinion on specific legislation, and being for spending cuts but unwilling to specify them.
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