It's a muggy night to be stuck in a windowless room staring at hanging chads down in South Florida, but Dave Ortega is a veteran of the infamous 2000 election and he wants to keep his spirits up for the rest of the team. Silently though, he says a small prayer for a fast-moving, cleansing rain storm to come in on the sea breeze to clear the humidity and send the gaggle of television news crews outside scrambling and stumbling away. In charge of announcing the elections results, Dave imagines himself having a Jimmy Hoffa moment and mumbles, "Ants at a picnic," under his breath.
Interrupting Dave's slightly vindicative daydream is Manny Hernandez, one of the technology student volunteers from the university assigned to help the team makes sense of the electronic voting results that have been a pain in Dave's neck since 2004.
"It's pretty clear," says Manny, "Hillary Clinton has won the 2008 presidential race."
[... to be continued?]
Look, I know some of you didn't realize I could write horror fiction, but maybe like you, I grew up on Stephen King, too. I appologize if my little future scene made your stomach tighten or your socks become stained with a little trickle of urine.
I stopped short of bringing up the Hillary topic in comments yesterday to Brandon Starr. Even though it is related, I thought it better to have an entry about it rather than going off topic in comments. But I've been thinking about this for a few days now.
As I've mentioned in the past, I like to have C-SPAN droning away on the television set at times because it is so helpful in overcoming my insomnia and putting me fast to sleep. This past weekend, I caught part of a BookTV broadcast with Dick Morris speaking about his new book, Rewriting History. Being part of the Clinton Whitehouse at the time, I thought he might be in an unusually good position to comment about the Clintons. Some people have said that rather than simply reviewing or commenting on the Hillary Clinton autobiography, Dick Morris wrote Rewriting History as a response to Hillary Clinton's Living History.
What struck me were some comments Dick Morris made during this book signing and in the question and answer session. He basically stated that the Clintons, being faithful Democrats but very savvy politicians, want George W. Bush re-elected. They aren't going to anger other Democrats and bad-mouth Kerry directly. Dick Morris posed this framing question, "What might you do if you're Bill Clinton?". He then went on to say how Bill Clinton's My Life was timed to come out this summer.
The hope is that by having Bill Clinton doing so much publicity for his memoir book, it will steal the spotlight away from Kerry and flatten any momentum his campaign would normally garner from naming his VP or the Democratic National Convention.
Another brand new book talking Hillary and the Clinton "plan", is Christoper Andersen's American Evita. I caught about three minutes of Andersen's appearance on Hannity and Colmes in the middle of a channel surf, tonight. Maybe some of you regular Hannity-ites can comment more on it.
I just scanned some info on Amazon. Andersen is a venerated celebrity author who has had best-sellers on members of the Kennedy family. Interestingly, not only is Morris' Rewriting History suggested as a related book, but also Sean Hannity's Deliver Us From Evil.
All in all, I think it may come down to this. Bill and Hillary don't want to wait until 2012 or 2016. If Bush gets re-elected, he can't run again. Dick Cheney is not going to run and, from the look of the Republican Party, there isn't a very promising stable of up-and-coming stars to run against Hillary Clinton in 2008. On the other hand, if Kerry wins in 2004, he or Edwards would be the presumptive 2008 Democratic candidate.
So, I think I may have a subtitle for my own little horror story:
"How the short-sighted christian-right voted for Bush and helped get Hillary Clinton elected"
I just thought I might point something out to some people who may think that I'm pro-Kerry because they think I'm bashing Bush. To me, it honestly makes no sense to vote for the "lesser of two evils", or for the idiot son of a billionaire power family like the Bushes, or for a politician who married into another billionaire family. See, if you vote for the lesser of two evils, you still get evil.
Look, for all you staunch hereditary Republicans, I'm truly sorry George W. Bush isn't acting like a Republican. Republicans are supposed to be for less government. Bush's government is probably one of the largest in history and its burden on tax payers is growing larger by the second. Dubya certainly hasn't remembered what the Reagans taught us about less government. I hope you saved your $300 Dubya-bucks Fun Park certificate for the ride he'll take you on during his second term.
For you Born-Again-Christians who are going to vote for Dubya because you're so tickled to get 'a man of faith' in the presidency, get over it. The RNC is going to promise you some things about morality, family values, yadda-yadda ... things the government should not be in the business of doing. Your 'values' are your values. The government can't mandate them. This is still the United States, not Iran, so move there if you want to live in a theocracy. Church-State seperation not only protects non-christian citizens from discrimination, but also protects you. If the government mandated christianity tomorrow morning, what are the odds that it would be your brand of christianity? Look, if you want your kids to pray in school, send them to Bible Camp, or enroll them in your church's madrassa. The seperation of church and state is there for a good friggin' reason.
As far as the Kerry - Edwards ticket goes? There's another Fun-Park ride. Sheesh! I feel like there should be a little plywood cut-out in front of the voting booth with an arm sticking straight out and a caption reading, "You have to be this gullible to vote for me!". Kerry has been a professional politician for decades -- and just how in touch with the common man do you think he really is? He's married to a friggin' heiress and doesn't even know how many SUVs he owns. Edwards? At least he's a fresh face. It's likely Kerry picked Edwards as a running mate because of his good show at the Bilderberg conference in Italy, last month. Edwards may actually be more connected to the world's power elite than Kerry himself -- or at least he makes a good poster boy for them. At the same time, he comes across as concerned for my well-being as the successful ambulance chaser that he was for most of his professional career. Call me now! 1-800-suckers.
Why haven't I been bashing Kerry as much as I seem to complain about Dubya? Dubya and his cronies have had four years to prove to me that they are truly pathetic, and devious, and pompous, and short-sighted, and outright thieves. If I haven't bashed Kerry, I think it's mainly because I don't know enough about John Kerry to intelligently bash him beyond what I see most Dubya-defenders do -- parroting some FOX news political pundit, or Hannity, or O'Reilly, or Limbaugh.
While they are all professional critics and complainers, they take themselves way too seriously and that's just not my style. If I think of something witty that I can use to bash Kerry - Edwards, believe me, you're likely to see it here first.
So ... why? Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries. Mainly I delete/clear entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly. My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.
The second rule: if the entry was older. But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).
Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al). These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?" So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.
So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it is wise or terribly, terribly wrong -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.
Helleena » It is so good to have you back! I now have something to read. JfZ » *blush* Thanks Kristi ... I was just nuking the blog layout when you stopped by Kristi » I remember the days of Imajica! One of the best BBS's in the Metro Detroit area! lol Hi Mel, Hi JfZ! Duke » The ERIC bird lives! Brandon Starr » Nice to have you back, JfZ. Fire-Eyes » Hey! thanks for the comment! Toulon » HEY! Well okay then. I'll have to go and check out Verissimus Hope that you're doing well! John Furie Zacharias » blogdrive has upgraded some of its functions, so I'll be upgrading and fine-tuning Thunderstorms as soon as I'm finished with the rough carpentry over on Verissimus. John Furie Zacharias » [[ yawn, stretch ]] Welp, it was a refreshing month-long nap I just took from being online ... Now, I need coffee. Helleena » Well I would not bet on that mel. He has some kind of project that he is working on. But maybe soon. later Melicious » Hi Christine - that's exactly the book its from! JfZ will be back soon maybe today yay. Dennis » YOU'RE GONE? (Just kiddin') I thought I had lost you electronically. Hope you get back soon. you are Loved!! Helleena » Well for anyone who cares JFZ will be back soon very soon. Christine » Hey John! is that name from a book called Imajica? Good book. Helleena » Hey everyone just thought that I would let U know since I can get to a computer with internet that JFZ and I are off line for a while We will let everyone know when we are going to be back. Miss U all Melicious » I miss my jfz!!!!! <sniffle> Komisarios » Hi JfZ! Phases » ROFL you said 'crap-tastic'! I'm going to have to use that Hey is my browser messed up, or is the right side of your page cut off? Thanks for stopping by!! JfZ » Heh. I know. I got uglier and then handsome again. (j/k) Those pix are 7 years old now! Kristi » I was looking at the pics and I can't believe how everyone has changed. JfZ » Kristi ... Shhh! Only blonde haXXor grrls know about it ! Kristi » Hey, I just figured out the redline thing! That's cool dude! Makes me laugh, gonna have to come in and read more of them. lol Duke » I just scrolled down and noticed that Mayhem visited you some time ago...and here I thought he fell off the face of the earth JfZ » Thanks Brandon, will do. Somehow I have stayed awake about 30 hours now. Brandon Starr » Hey, JfZ, keep up the good stuff! And you may want to check out my entry about Bush from today, 4/27/04. dennis » Breaking news: Oil discovered in New Jersey. Canada assured NJ has WMD's stockpiled. Trying to get NY and Michigan and Ohio to form alliance to invade - and free NJ people. Brandon Starr » No problem, JfZ. In fact, I was disappointed with the lack of interest in that entry at the time, so thanks. JfZ » ERIC: Just click the 'contact me' link under the counter to send me an email and I'll reply right back. Meanwhile, I'll head over to Plastic and see if you're in that address book. Persecution Smith » Oy!! JFZ Send me your current email address..........GO WINGS!!!! JfZ » Thanks Dennis. I said Howard Dean earlier. I meant John Dean, Nixon's guy. Heh. Howard Dean is still trying to pay off the doughnut and coffee tab from his presidential campaign ... dennis » Hey, Parsons is the author of One For My Baby - I know you'll like it. The Collin's book gives great insight into Blair, Bush, Rice, etc. JfZ » I've been, Myisha! U? Myisha » HI how ya been?? The Girls at Casmin » Ok we have a question for anyone that might know the answer. Why is a Blow Job called a Blow Job when all the girl does is suck? melicious » Unknown!! Wassup girl xoxox you need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Kristi » HEY MEL! How are you doing? It's "Unknown"! I moved to Ohio. AnOldFriend » Wow. Must be nice to do nothing at work except chat chat chat heheheh Mayhem » I went to a complete hermit! I have no phone, No cable, No Internet (well work) HEHEHE hygelic » One more thing - I'm waiting for your editorial on the republican polar bear root canal surgery. hygelic » I'm on the toilet, wirelessly reading your blog. You, sir, can put yer weed in there!