Center for Politics Sums Up 2012 Presidential Election

The latest edition of Sabato’s Crystal Ball from U.Va.’s Center for Politics, “Closing the Book on 2012,” popped up in our in-boxes on Dec. 20. As we were exchanging office gifts and chowing down on tasty goodies at the time, we filed it away for later consideration.

It now being “later,” we took a look and found a smorgasbord of observations and comments spawned by November’s elections, sure to delight observers of politics from all over the spectrum.

The center’s director, politics professor Larry Sabato, lately has been telling everyone who will listen that the current system of early voting is a bad idea, and he and his colleagues, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley, make the point again in fairly strong terms.

“Our nation now takes two months to vote, and two months to count the votes. This is unacceptable,” he writes. “It is unwise for balloting to start so many weeks before Election Day — before the campaign has truly unfolded and many useful revelations about the candidates have unfolded. Millions of voters are writing their review of a four-act play after the second act.”

There are plenty of other cogent observations, so take a look.

(And by the way, they really aren’t “closing the book” on the 2012 election. In fact, Sabato is editing a new one: “Barack Obama and the New America: The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics” is due out in the middle of this month. You can read more and pre-order it here.)

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