We’ve discussed the economy, immigration reform, health care and other midterm election issues. Judging from the press coverage, reporters seem to think the public is as interested in Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell’s constitutional beliefs and witchcraft as it is in lower taxes, the mortgage crisis, and health care for the uninsured.

In a New York Times article, former NBC-TV anchor Tom Brokaw says he wonders why the Afghanistan and Iraq wars haven’t had more election impact. He notes that 5,000 men and women have died and six times that number have been wounded in the nine years of fighting, and asks: “Why aren’t the wars and their human and economic consequences front and center in this campaign, right up there with jobs and taxes?”

And so we ask—why haven’t these wars been of crucial concern for candidates this year? Have politicians’ pithy sound bites and personal peccadilloes become more important?

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The wars are not of crucial concern for a couple of reasons. President Obama promised to stop having our troops in Iraq fight a "war" there. And he promised that a surge would end the war in Afghanistan. Never mind that the troops in Iraq continue to fight and that the surge in Afghanistan is precisely what Obama said would not work in Iraq (but it did). Now to the crucial reason. The mainstream media will not generate the heat on President Obama for these wars as it did against President Bush. That fact, combined with the fact that folks are more interested in the economy has let them drop out of sight.

 
 

I'm not at all interested in the sex lives of politicians or their college pranks from long ago. I am interested in what politicians currently say and do. I absolutely want to know if Christine O'Donnell has a different perspective of the U.S. Constitution than scholars do. If she were in my voting district, I would not cast a vote for her based on her actions.

 
 

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