I was sitting there with RNC chairman Ed Gillispie after eating a dinner that he kindly put on his Bush Cheney 2004 American Express Gold Card, picking the remnants of the filet mignon I had just eaten out of my teeth, when I asked him how he planned to win in the battleground state of Florida and get its 27 electoral votes.
"That's going to be easy," he said as he sipped on his Jack Daniels.
"But 2000 was a nail biter and you had Jeb ..." I started to interject.
"We got it covered. Don't worry. We have a bigger budget," he said as he unconsciously twirled the AMEX card around in his fingers. He continued, "We have sophisticated demographic databases, paid and volunteer action teams, and we know who to target."
He finished his drink off and swirled the ice around in his glass as he said, "You see, unlike the big cities on either coast where I couldn't pay the bravest Bush supporter to go in and disrupt a polling place in an inner city ghetto, Florida is a totally different scenario. Sure, it might get messy. People expect that. But, we've been working on this for some time and we do still have Jeb."
"You know, it's funny," he chuckled, "Voters in the U.S. aren't likely to hear about that anyway."
He continued, "People in the U.S. think everyone in the United Kingdom is on-board with the president 100 percent. Tony Blair tells them so. When he speaks, it gets played on the news. Hell, when a couple hundred Scots go to Iraq, we run stories about their 250 year old fighting tradition."
"You mean, like the Don't Forget About Poland thing?" I asked.
"Yeah, but even better. We've blocked the Bush-Cheney web site from those pesky, dentally-challenged Brits and we've got Bush supporters in the middle of our country thanking Jesus that the Highlander is on our side in Iraq, now".
I've been reading Brandon Starr's top ten non-policy reasons not to vote for George W. Bush.
Reason #10: Bush is lazy. Reason #9: Bush is careless with his words. Reason #8: Bush is super-secretive, to a dangerous level. Reason #7: Bush is incapable of changing his mind.
There is a place where flip-flopping is a highly celebrated activity. Recently, Helleena and members of her family on vacation spent the day at Sea World. Because it was the generally accepted notion that I would become exceedlingly grouchy trying to drag myself around a theme park all day long, I spent the day babysitting the broken kitty who also faces the same ambulatory challenges as I do.
I appreciate everyone on the main blogdrive tag board who kept me company and ultimately named the broken kitty, too. Skiddy is an appropriate name.
Here are a few dialup-friendly pix from Sea World.
With less than two weeks left before the United States elects a new president and determines the direction of the most powerful economic and military entity on this particular spinning ball of mud that we lovingly call Earth, a great number of people are interested in foretelling the outcome of this event.
Personally, I have been staring intently at my own childhood clairvoyant device -- the Magic 8 ball -- for some sign or answer when my own impatience overtakes me.
Other more exceptable methods of foretelling the future outcome of the 2004 Presidential Election are employed by various groups of people and their organizations. They simply ask people.
Asking people, or polling them, can be trickier than you would first imagine, however. As I tried to point out in Town Hall Tap Dance, after the Second Presidential Debate, who you ask does matter.
Every major news and media outlet conducts polling by phone and internet. My only instinct regarding their polling data is that it is likely to reflect their own audience's political tendencies. A FOX or CBS news poll is only likely to enlighten you to the views or political opinions already held by their core audiences. Does it really matter if they add leaners, likely voters, or independent voters to their polling sample?
Even still, with the race being so close, or tight, or evenly split, any delta-V in the polling data instantly becomes news here in the U.S, and then is parroted in various newspapers across the globe. Recently in the news cycle is Nickelodeon's polling result that apparently shows kids prefer John Kerry.
Seriously, who needs to listen to Rasmussen, Zogby or Gallup polling when your candidate has sweeped the Nickelodeon demographic? Don't be lulled in complacency or apathy if you do want some change in the United States. Get off your ass and vote for your candidate. If you're tired of the same old DNC-donkey and RNC-elephant, I'm sorry. Despite my own admiration for Ralph Nader and Michael Badnarik, it appears that the only place that a third party political species has any chance to win an election is on Disney's ToonTown.
Although he was unavailable for comment, Donald Rumsfeld's Commander in Chief has apparently also lost the Vulcan Vote.
The United States has been a house divided since George W. Bush took office four years ago and no matter who wins this upcoming election, my Magic 8 Ball doesn't predict any change in the political and cultural divisions that define and shape this great nation.
If you want to rip some graphics to remind the people that visit your blog or web site to go vote on Election Day, then you're looking at the right blog entry.
I made these banner graphics just for you. They don't tell you who to vote for, but hopefully they'll remind you and your visitors to vote.
Some people get so angry with me because I don't happen to like George W. Bush. That's okay. I didn't vote for his father either.
Other than being sarcastic and making fun of George Bush on a regular basis, these angry people seem to miss that I've also made fun of John Kerry, too -- perhaps not as often as the current liar-and-thief -- but they miss it when they're so pre-occupied being offended and launching themselves into Dubya-defense mode.
And they miss something else, too. Do you see a Kerry-Edwards, Bush-Cheney, Badnarik or Nader campaign banner on my blog? No, you see an online voter registration tool that's been there for months.
You can also see a Blog The Vote link that takes you to a blog entry with the other graphics I made for anyone to use on their website or blog.
This "Gamerz Vote" animation is 160 x 320 pixels (100kb). I used a transparent color, so if it doesn't look good on your site, stick it inside of a table and modify the table background color to something you think looks good. The non-animated GIF version of "Gamerz Vote" is also transparent, but only 9kb in size. You can right-click your mouse on the grafix, view its properties (dimensions and file size) or select save-as to copy the image to your own computer. So, feel free to do that.
If I make any more, I'll add them here. Meanwhile, you go take a happy pill. Please!