I'm a political junkie, and one of the greatest thrills I have is watching the excitement that surrounds an election. Years ago, I volunteered for a presidential campaign in New Hampshire and took part in what we called "visibility," which meant driving up and down the icy streets at 5 a.m., sticking our candidate's signs in the ground and trying to dominate entire blocks.
In most elections, it's easy to draw a line between the contenders who have a chance and those who don't. But when those colorful signs dot every corner downtown, it's hard not to grin at democracy in action.
Right now, the spectacle has hit Surf City. Drive down Warner Avenue and surname-bearing signs leap out from both sides of the road. Given the 20 candidates' vastly different budgets, though, it's unlikely that they'll get equal exposure.