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January 9, 2008

Caucus Circus

The Presidential primaries and caucuses are upon us, like it or not, and as usual, Hawaii is merely a bit piece in this grandiose puzzle.  You gotta give credit to states like Iowa and New Hampshire, who have managed to overcome their relative mundane statuses to become larger than life due to moxie, timing, and media coverage.  You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes that those states truly represent the melting pot that is America, yet here they are--front and center--making headlines because they kick off this quadrennial catfight known as the political season.

Like many other small states, Hawaii doesn't get paid much attention in the early months of the national selection process every four years as we move toward election day on November 4th.   But that doesn't mean that you should sit by idly and ignore the process, ignore the issues, ignore the potential finalists, or ignore the differences.  Hawaii's voting track record stinks, quite frankly, but you'd have to be living under a rock if you don't agree that this election in ten months will have a major impact on the nation and perhaps the world for years to come.

So enjoy the raucous caucus circus and the protracted primary puffery for what it is--the ultimate positioning statements by a headstrong few who wish to lead this nation.  Hopefully, whoever ends up standing at the end of the battle can truly make a difference--in a good way--for us all.  Think About It.

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