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It’s presidential election season again, which means that with the predictability of a Lindsay Lohan arrest we are once again being told that we are on the eve of the election to end all elections. The political equivalent of the Thrilla in Manila; Voldemort vs. Harry Potter; the decisive battle between good and evil that will shape the country’s destiny for a generation to come.

In reality, elections are rarely decisive and in this moment of our history the country is on the political road to nowhere. I can’t say with certainty who’s going to win the presidency, control the Senate or how many seats the Republicans will lose in the House of Representatives. But, unless there is a political earthquake in the next several weeks, I can guarantee you that Republicans and Democrats are going to have to compromise to get anything done in an environment where a sharply divided electorate sees any compromise as treason.

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