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Where's the fast-forward button?

One week from today, the elections will finally be held. And it can't come soon enough.

I have a good sense of the absurd. I appreciate and enjoy the surreal. I liked "Ally McBeal" in its early days, and love "Scrubs." But the way the campaigns are going, I am reminded of the old rule that truth is often stranger than fiction, because fiction has the burden of having to be believable.

Here in New Hampshire, we have a couple of interesting races. Our incumbent governor is running on a "no sales tax, no income tax" platform, and has an ad showing his opponent saying we might need to raise the tax on gasoline. The governor is a Democrat, his challenger a Republican.

We have a congressman running for re-election who is touting his environmental record, his pro-choice position on abortion, his role in the ouster of Tom DeLay, and his incredibly low score from the American Conservative Union. Charlie Bass is a Republican.

And in one of the uglier Senate races, some folks are thinking that this picture could swing the tide, because, you know, these days two hot blondes making out is such a turn-off and icky and gross.

I had a brief consolation that the insane shouting will be over -- for a little while -- in just a week. And then I realized that it would quickly be replaced by insane whining.


Comments (9)

This governor's race confus... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

This governor's race confuses me a bit. As far as I can tell (being a recent arrival in NH) no politician here could ever possibly win advocating a sales or income tax, so Lynch's claim he won't do that surprises me not at all. But where did he get this claim that Coburn would raise the gas tax? And why did he think it would help him? I've heard that ad, and it's so obviously deceptive that it makes me laugh.

wolfwalker, Lynch isn't mak... (Below threshold)

wolfwalker, Lynch isn't making it up. There's VIDEO of Coburn saying "we ought to look at raising the gas tax."

The instant those words left his lips, I knew he was toast.

I voted for Lynch in 2004, because I was fed up with Benson. Lynch hasn't antagonized me enough since, and Coburn's already turned me off. I'll vote for Lynch again.

J.

Governors don't raise or lo... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

Governors don't raise or lower taxes. Legislators do.

How about this for a campain promise: "I'll do what ever I can to bake a bigger pie."

Since throwing out the Democratic governor in Geogia, and electing a Republican, the state has gotten out of the cellar in education, gone from a deficit to a surplus budget, and business are moving in like crazy.

No more increases in welfare, just a bigger pie for everyone who works to share. Even the Falcons have started winning.

But in what context? Makin... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

But in what context? Making a serious policy suggestion, or answering somebody's way-out hypothetical?

Republicans in general don't suggest tax increases. Only a stupid person would think they could seriously suggest such a thing as a hiked gas tax and get away with it. So either Coburn is stupid, or there's more to the matter than that video/audio clip. I heard Coburn do a radio interview a couple of weeks ago. He didn't sound stupid. Therefore I suspect strongly there's more to the matter -- specifically, that the video/audio clip is taken out of context. Do you know the full context of the clip?

USMC, good for Georgia. But... (Below threshold)

USMC, good for Georgia. But while we up here have a few issues, overall we're doing OK. I'm no partisan, and Lynch hasn't done anything to alienate me. I didn't so much vote for him as I voted against the incumbent Benson last time, and he hasn't done anything to annoy me since. So I'll most likely toss him another vote.

J.

Hey, things are wierd here ... (Below threshold)

Hey, things are wierd here in FL too. I can't believe the Repulicans put Harris up against a fairly popular Democrat, Bill Nelson. I just can't vote for Harris and Nelson hasn't been one of the kookier Democrats so he'll get my vote. Now if we can just pressure him to endorse the Fair Tax Bill, I'll feel even better.

Insane shouting and insane ... (Below threshold)

Insane shouting and insane whining. THE CIRCLE OF POLITICS. I'll toast to that and would vote straight-ticket null and void but that wouldn't make me patriotic. I think. :)

Oyster,A vote for ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Oyster,

A vote for a Democrat in any of the House or Senate races is a vote for Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid.

At that level, it isn't just about FL or Nelson or Harris.

Ok. I looked at the picture... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

Ok. I looked at the picture of Corker's daughter making out and let me tell you... ANYONE who wouldn't vote for him because of that is GAY. QUEER! A PERVERT even.




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