Has there been too much coverage of the first caucus and primary? Decide for yourself.
For some reason, and if I were voting on a name, I'd have to call it information overload -- many of us can cite the spouses of the candidates, their children's names and even some of their first jobs in public office.
The most surprising thing to me is that I have gathered this unwanted information while multi-tasking. In truth, I am captivated by the election coverage and the stories of the various candidates, their stands, flip-flops, and, of course, changes, but not enough to tune in with all my attention. Also, there's an awful lot of the same B roll footage every day, every hour, every few minutes. I know the candidates are all quite skilled at going in and out of doorways and shaking hands.
I had never really paid much attention to the concept of osmosis until recently. Suddenly, it hit me. In 2008, the definition of osmosis is:
"Absorbing trivia about political candidates while being able to multi-task in distracting, fun, educational and simply addictive ways."
In the interest of full disclosure, I admit my multi-tasking includes online Maj Jong, solitaire, slot machines, iPod downloading, sharing photos of my new puppy, eBay purchasing, blogging, devouring tomorrow's newspapers, and Webkinz. (A friend's daughter gave me my first Webkinz, a pink poodle named Julie, and I'm hooked. I apologize to all of my friends who received them from me for Christmas presents. How many of you have your crowns?)
Try for yourself. How much do you know about the presidential candidates?
1) Which of the following are not the names of spouses of the remaining candidates?
2) Which of the following was not one of the candidates' first elected office?
City Council Member
High school class treasurer
Co-captain, safety patrol, 5th grade
Member of Congress
President of Harvard Law Review
School board member
Screen Actors Guild officer
3) How much weight did Mike Huckabee lose?
4) Which celebrities have not supported one of the current candidates?
The Dixie Chicks
5) Which first names don't belong to a candidate's son or daughter?
Freddie Dalton (Tony)
Your answers will tell you if you're a good multi-tasker, too.