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Election cycle creates unrealistic expectations for the presidency

Election cycle creates unrealistic expectations for the presidency

For political junkies, the never-ending, non-stop presidential campaign is a dream come true. There's always a new poll to read about, a debate to watch, a primary or caucus result to follow. There may be moments of regret — like when you wake up the next morning after staying up until 2 a.m. to watch votes get reported — but it's also a lot of fun.

For most people, however, the unending campaign is too much. It goes on too long, and becomes something simply to be tuned out. Even for those of us who enjoy following the election and don't mind the prospect of another nine months of this, there can be serious downsides. Media coverage can focus on the "horse...

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