One of the great advantages of blogging is that you learn things all the time!
I've been having an intriguing conversation with a German blog friend about the atmosphere of elections in the US versus in other places, namely Europe.
As an American, I'm naturally used to the way American presidential elections run -- all the colorful chaos, unpredictability, energetic campaigning, media madness, crazy primaries with many candidates, pundits and ordinary people alike talking endlessly about candidates and issues, debates, etc. etc. (plus, later, huge party conventions, then the race to the finish with the 2 final contestants) I think this is simply "normal," and I guess it is normal -- for America.
But Pursuit of Serenity says he's "absolutely thrilled" with the American process, and he explains in detail why. Please take a look at the American process compared with the German one. Fascinating!
PS: Here's a brief British view.