There has been a lot of comment about the 2016 presidential race. The voters mostly claim they’ve never seen anything like it. South Boston Online believes there are a few key reasons for this.

First, the campaign for president has already gone on far too long.  It has stretched all the way from last summer, and will continue much more intensely for another nine full months. There have been so many candidates (some, pseudo-candidates) that all the endorsements, speeches and ads have seemed like endless, meaningless chatter. They began repeating themselves as far back as Thanksgiving.

Second, the winner of the race for president has likely been determined. Just look at the New Hampshire primaries held Tuesday, Feb. 9 – and while you are at it, recall the recent Iowa caucuses.  Surprises? Yes, of course there were a few. But think about it very carefully – the results now indicate what will happen next November. The voters sense this.

Third, there’s the lack of caliber of the candidates, taken as a group – Democrats and Republicans alike.  Many of them are, shall we say, notably short of the necessary talent and world-class experience to take on the most difficult and most important job on Earth. The voters sense this, also.

With profound apologies to Walt Disney’s classic, full-length cartoon, the entire group of candidates still standing resembles Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy, and Dopey). We’ll leave it to you to determine who matches Grumpy.  Or Dopey. And Barbara Bush has apparently been called in to serve as a sort of Fairy Godmother. Oh well, “Whistle while you work!”

There’ll be little relief from the incessant (and extremely costly) political chatter, by both the candidates and the media commentators.  It’s hard to believe, but these supposedly “informed” commentators are duller than the candidates they comment about. The solution is simple – just don’t listen.  You are perfectly capable of making your own choice. Simply do it when election time comes. Together, American voters are unbeatable! In the meantime, ignore the campaigns.

Wouldn’t you like a little relief from all the chatter?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful, as well as smart campaigning, if the candidates devoted a bit of their obscene campaign spending to a worthy cause?  A cause such as helping the children in Flint, Mich., whose water was poisoned by governmental blunders at all levels – local, state, and federal. How refreshing that would be.

But don’t hold your breath.