The cost of the national political process in the USA is entirely out of control.
Every other pundit I hear or read of late nonchalantly discusses that Party X’s war chest is bigger than Party Y’s war chest in State Z, therefore Party X will win. They assert, implicitly but clearly, that close races are about absolutely nothing more than spending. Karl Rove provided a particularly skillful such treatment earlier this week on NPR.
Each election process we go through seems to bring forth new record spending. The $2.6B+ estimate on these current midterm elections will purportedly represent an increase of on the order of 20% over the last midterm elections. 2008 should be fiscally impressive.
Maybe I’m just naive, but I don’t see how the public wins if elections are largely just about money.