Punchinello’s Chronicles

October 25, 2008

Suddenly Everyone Hates Sarah?

Filed under: Surely a Jest? — Punchinello @ 7:49 pm
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I have to say I’m fascinated in a morbid way, listening to news stories on the radio today. It seems that there’s been a so-called large reversal in Sarah Palin’s popularity. Nobody knows why, it’s a mystery. But it’s being reported that waves of people suddenly discover they feel badly toward the Alaskan Governor.

How odd. Ms. Palin hasn’t been all that visible, in terms of politics and campaigning. But she’s certainly been all over the news when it comes to the corruption trials, satirical skits, jokes, her clothing budget, her family, her honest statement that she’s not thoroughly knowledgeable on everything the Vice President does, and so on and so forth.

Do I dare say that more stories about problems, pain, misery, and ignorance seem to be everywhere than positive stories? Oh…why not. I’ll just go ahead and say it.

As always, setting aside the reasoned pros and cons, I’m simply astounded at the vitriol, rage, and derision called up in opponents to either political party. It’s stunning! It’s not new, of course, we see the same thing in history books. But still, who would’ve thought that we’d be living in such historic times!

You’d almost think that Sarah Palin is a fad of some sort, like Tickle-Me Elmo dolls, or the latest video game. Here today, gone tomorrow. And if a rock band vanishes overnight, who cares? Does it honestly affect the function and conditions of the entire country? Nah, not really.

On the other hand, selecting the actual President, Vice President, and members of Congress does have a real impact on the country. It actually does matter. We actually do have to deal with the results. There really are laws and court decisions. We really do see the tax rate each April, and whether it changes. People really do get admitted to a hospital or turned away.

The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to hold elections on Mardi Gras. Let’s combine the party atmosphere, drinking, drugs, and other adult entertainment with the national voting process. Get rid of the electoral college, eliminate voter registration, forget about validation and citizenship. Let’s just set up booths everywhere, hand everyone some Bingo cards with pictures on them of the candidates, and let anyone who wants to participate, circle the nicest looking.

People could be allowed to vote as many times as they want to. The only stipulation is that if the card isn’t readable, maybe due to beer spills, smeared puke, wine or food stains, it gets tossed in the can.

I wonder though, how accurate these polls are this time around? Over the past several elections, I’ve come to accept that as crazy as the polling data and results may be, they’re pretty accurate. But this time, everything is stretched so tightly!

Frankly, I hadn’t thought about Ms. Palin since I saw her enter the race. I drew a conclusion then, and nothing I’ve heard since has caused me to change my mind. I wonder how many other voters have done the same, and just don’t show up in any polls. I guess we’ll see, come November.

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