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Notes on Staying Sane in an Election Year

January 8th, 2024 | 11 min read

By Jake Meador

The first presidential election I remember at all well is the 2000 Bush-Gore campaign. The first I could vote in was the 2008 Obama-McCain race. Given that, I can't honestly say there has ever been an election in my lifetime I remember as being something less than an angry, hateful spectacle—though, of course, one can well make the case that "angry, hateful spectacle" is actually quite a normal description for American presidential campaigns:

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).