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NAPLES, Fla. — These may well be ‘the worst of times’ politically when a respected reporter like Ron Brownstein can tell an audience of CU league executives, “I’ve been covering politics since 1984 and I’ve never seen anything like this.” The ‘anything like this’ he’s referring to is the American presidential campaign and congressional governance climate of 2008 and what it augers for America’s future as a world power.

The presidential campaign is in flux, with previously held assurances shattered, Brownstein said. For example, John McCain, once written off as dead, has re-awakened his quest for the Republican nomination for president. An unknown Southern governor and former Baptist preacher who doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution and wants a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. has emerged a primary winner. The former mayor of New York who gained a leadership mantle following 9/11 is depending on the Florida primary to spike his own sinking campaign and a former Massachusetts governor has injected millions of dollars of his own money into his quest. And that’s just the Republican side.

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