We’re Looking for the Same-Old, Same-Old, Thanks

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1199717949This weekend, we noticed a change. Much like the leaves change, or a baby’s diaper is changed, presidential hopefuls started changing. Not in the puberty, Peter Brady sense of change, but emphasizing the fact that they stand for change, and that they understand that America is practically begging for change.

But if you’re anything like us, the only change you want from your candidate is to shut the hell up about change.

This period of change started with Democratic hopeful Barack Obama, who’s been preaching for change since his campaign changed the political landscape. The other candidates didn’t really pay him much mind since Hillary Clinton was the presumed nominee, but after Obama won Iowa and John Edwards finished a well-groomed hair above Clinton, she’s embraced the gospel as her own.

“In order to bring about the changes that are so essential for America’s future, you’ve got to understand the difference between hoping for change and demanding the change,” Clinton (D-N.Y.) told thousands of voters at Winnacunnet High School. “Let’s talk about who’s produced change. I am happy to be judged on my 35 years of work in bringing about change.”

In 50 words, Clinton used the word “change” five times. Ten percent of her remarks were the same word.

But the Democrats aren’t the only ones trying to flaunt their ability to change. During Saturday’s ABC News-Facebook-WMUR debate, Mitt Romney tried to point out that he’s the Republican face of change.

It’s a message of change. And when we sit down and talk about change — Barack Obama and myself at that final debate, as you are positing — I can say, “Not only can I talk change with you, I’ve lived it. In the private sector for 25 years, I brought change to company after company. In the Olympics, it was in trouble. I brought change. In Massachusetts, I brought change. I have done it. I have changed things, and that experience is what America is looking for.”

But the voters aren’t buying into this nonsense, are they?

Undeclared voters like Joe Arnold are the holy grail of presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle.

[H]e is increasingly leaning toward Hillary Clinton, who he believes might be able to fix the country’s healthcare system.

“I would probably say it’s time for change,” he said.

We couldn’t agree more. Here’s the change we want from our presidential hopefuls in the remaining hours of the New Hampshire primary season—find a new word. Our ears are sore from hearing that one-syllable word ad infinitum, and we’re afraid they will actually start to bleed any time now.

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