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Election hype? More like American apathy

It's the middle of July, and about the only thing that means to most of us is, "Will I make it through another monsoon?" and, "Can I afford to go to San Diego one more time?"

But looking ahead to next month, things begin to pick up.

The Cardinals play the Saints to open the preseason August 5 in the Hall of Fame game. Now, that really makes August important.

Oh yeah! And your kids go back to school too.

Then, September and October, which we in Arizona laughingly call autumn.

And, finally, the month we've all been waiting for. The month that send the blood surging through the veins of all true Americans: Election Day. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Can't you feel it? Hello! Are you feeling it yet? Yeah, me neither.

Boy, what happened to the emotional fireworks from even four years ago? The passion and the history being made, on both sides. The hysteria that followed every move of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. These were two rock stars.

And, so far, the enthusiasm of the voting public is what you might expect for two rocks.

Oh, sure. The extreme ends of the electorate will wind up at the polls, but will the rest of America?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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