And yet, a campaign could turn on just a few miscalculations. A star candidate could actually divide the troops and galvanize the opposition thanks to his media holdings and intransigent nature. Another candidate could make the implicit intolerance of the party's platform all too explicit. Even those eligible voters not passionate about voting for anybody in particular might passionately vote against somebody if sufficiently provoked.
And when all is said and done and the uncertainty has melted away and spring is well and truly come, may it be that a thaw will dissolve a little more of the hoary grudges of olden times. May the clouds still partially obstructing our vision be burned off in the light of lengthening day, and may we see a little more clearly the common humanity of all and learn to respect more perfectly the rights of individuals to make their own decisions and lead their own lives in peace.