Richland political science professor Klugman describes presidential campaign as 'joyless'

2012-11-10T00:01:00Z Richland political science professor Klugman describes presidential campaign as 'joyless'By ALLISON PETTY - H&R Staff Writer
November 10, 2012 12:01 am  • 

DECATUR — The election is finally over. So what’s new?

“Very little, actually,” according to Larry Klugman, political science professor at Richland Community College. Klugman spoke to the Decatur Breakfast Sertoma Club on Friday, giving a rundown of Tuesday’s outcomes and what they could mean.

“Voters this time were at the corner of hope and worry. The corner still exists, and we’re still there,” he said.

Klugman did attempt to allay one of the worries, telling his audience that he did not think Washington’s inaction would cause the nation to go over the much-discussed “fiscal cliff.”

Instead, he predicted that lawmakers would cap tax deductions.

Klugman carefully kept his own politics to himself during the talk. He described President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney as good people but said each ran a “joyless, grinding, negative campaign, almost void of any articulate vision of exactly how they’d run the country for the next four years.”

The GOP primary, and particularly the debates, did not help the Republican Party, he said. “They absolutely slaughtered each other until they finally got to the point where they picked their star, the spotlight, what should be a 100-watt bulb and they shoved a 50-watt bulb in there, and that was Romney,” he said.

As for Obama, Klugman said he was very smart.

“He knows after the presidency he wants to be more than Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton is the guy who walks around saying ‘I wish I was still president.’ Obama doesn’t have the slightest care about wanting to be president after he’s president,” Klugman said. “He is young enough to have a legacy. His next four years could be sensational, but he’s going to need Congress to make that happen.”

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