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.