Recently, the front end of my SUV and a wild turkey in dire need of an air traffic controller met head on at roughly 50 miles per hour, sending feathers flying and scattering pieces of my bumper across the road. For some strange reason, the incident brought to mind, of all things, the 2008 presidential race.

Why? In my opinion, the candidates' platforms on many issues appear eerily similar in substance to the bumper on my SUV -- easily cracked and, ultimately, expensive -- no matter which side of the aisle you sit on.

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