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Watching the Election

The ever-changing electoral map of 2012 (courtesy of CNN News)

It is 9:10 p.m. on the east coast of the United States and the Presidential election is now in full swing. And like many Americans, I have been glued to my television screen since the first polls closed just over an hour ago.

You’d think I was watching NFL football from the way I keep flipping channels to check different scores, utilizing picture-in-picture to monitor coverage and worrying that my team might not win. And since the race is so close, it looks like the better part of my evening will be even more stressful.

I must admit that I find much of this stuff confusing. News sources report their “projections” for who won this state or who won that one, but they all seem to be completely different. On CBS, Romney leads with 88 electoral votes over Obama’s 78. At the same time, ABC shows Obama leading 78 to 76.

What the hell is that about?

To make matters worse, most of these projections are made with less than 5% of precincts reporting. I even saw one projection based on 0% of precincts reporting, which I knew was impossible until a commentator explained that these were likely early votes. Nevertheless, how can you call a state one way or another when 95% of the results haven’t even been reported? Could it be that these projections are as patently useless as all those wavering polls the last few months?

My guess is “yes,” but there is one benefit. If projections can be based on such little reporting, then there’s always the chance things could swing to the other side once all the votes are counted, right?

English: Fingers Crossed

I’ve got my fingers crossed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not necessarily.

These varied projections are supposedly based on exit polls conducted all over the nation, but nobody ever approached me. Sure, I had to push past some annoying campaigners trying to influence me at the last second on the way in, but they ignored me as I was leaving. And if I wasn’t asked to contribute to an exit poll, then I’m sure the same is true of other Americans.

So basically, the projections are crap. Call me when all the votes come in and maybe then we’ll talk. In the meantime, it’s back to the boob tube to check the latest scores.

And it is going to be a long night.

Vote for Me

Not a great place to be…

Since the presidential election is only a week away—and being something of a procrastinator—I figured now was the time to announce my candidacy for your next Commander-in-Chief. I know this is unexpected and may even be perceived as lazy, but hear me out. For a year or more, we have all been subjected to endless campaign advertisements and constant political posturing. Why force a third candidate on the American people when they have obviously suffered enough?

Positive Presidential Trait #1: Mercy.

I also find the price tag of a presidential campaign to be far too expensive. How can we justify spending hundreds of millions of dollars on television spots, direct mail flyers, placards, publicity agents and other campaign “necessities” when there are so many Americans out of work? Sorry, but my conscience won’t allow that, so I opted to keep the campaigning to a minimum: this post. It would be nice if enough of my fellow Americans read this, voted for me as a write-in candidate and actually sent me to Washington, but I’m realistic. I know it’s a long shot, but I figure, what the hell?

Positive Presidential Trait #2: Bravery—and maybe a little Faith (for you Tea Party folks out there).

Of course, no presidential campaign would be complete with some promises. I was about to write “empty promises” but for once, there is a candidate willing to tell it like it is—someone who isn’t afraid to speak the truth. And that someone is obviously ME!

Worlds Best Political Cartoon 2011

Tired of all the political sparring? (Cartoonaday.com)

If you elect me as your next President of the United States of America, I promise to…

…blame the previous administration for everything that’s wrong while taking credit for anything positive they put into motion.

…put an end to homework! Sorry. That was apparently some deep-seeded memory of a middle-school election I have tried hard to forget. A story for another time, perhaps.

…use Air Force One to take summer vacations to Atlantis Resort, Rio de Janeiro, Hawaii or some other exotic locale. Hey, I’m just being honest. I suppose there could be some kind of lottery so normal Americans could win invitations to join us. We could fill up the plane, book a resort and throw down Presidential style… whatever that is.

…pretend the millions of jobs economists predict will be created over the next four years have something to do with me.

…use cigars only as intended—for smoking. Since I don’t smoke cigars, though, this shouldn’t be a problem. I do smoke cigarettes, but they are far less durable and I doubt anyone could derive any erotic pleasure from them. Or could they? I suppose it is possible. After all, there are people who get off on poo poo and pee pee, and that’s just nasty.

…appear at as many of your children’s birthday parties as my schedule allows. We all know the President isn’t as busy as he lets on. The VP runs around the country, the Secretary of State travels the world and he just has to sit back and chill. Why not spend some of that “down time” making balloon animals, telling jokes and doing parlor tricks for a bunch of snot-nosed… I mean gifted… kids? They are the future.

…show my gratitude by releasing some juicy, previously confidential information, like the truth about Area 51, the Kennedy assassination, Roswell… you name it. Visit my website to vote—it will launch once I take office—and help determine which secrets get revealed!

…bring peace to the Middle East through democracy and… sorry… I can’t even write that, it’s so far-fetched!

…tell you everything and be as transparent as the Invisible Man, even if it causes panic in the streets, rioting, a zombie apocalypse… whatever. America has a right to know, damn it!

…implement policies or start projects that require more than four years to complete so you will have no choice but to re-elect me. Good politics take time, so eight years works much, much better.

The time for a change has come! Vote for me! (sodahead.com)

Positive Presidential Trait #3: Sense of Humor—Decide for yourself if it’s good or bad.

Finally, I offer a little information about myself so you can rest easy I’m no freak. I have no criminal record, adult or juvenile, and have never committed a major crime. Technically, speeding and urinating in public are crimes, but they’re more the “little white crime” variety, if you know what I mean.

I don’t attend church—mostly because Sundays are my holy football days and church clothes are too itchy and uncomfortable—but I’m open to it and certainly don’t mind if others go. Faith is a good thing. And no, it isn’t for the Tea Party people this time. I really mean it.

Most of all, I’m a decent person. I won’t abuse the position if I can help it—maybe some late-night grilled cheese sandwiches or barbecued ribs from the White House chef, but nothing major. And I certainly couldn’t do any worse than anyone before or after me. Hell, I’m just what this election needs: a non-politician with bipartisan inclinations. So next week when you hit the polls and elbow through those annoying campaign “scalpers” working the door, do us all a favor.

Vote for me!

Positive Presidential Trait #4: Sincerity—I genuinely feel your pain. And I think you know what I mean, don’t you?

Economy up, Romney down

Caricature by DonkeyHotey.

Is this it for Mitt? (caricature by DonkeyHotey)

Senator John McCain said recently that American hopes for continued improvement in the economy hurt Mitt Romney‘s chances of being the next Commander-in-Chief. If anything, they will help propel President Obama back into office.

This news brings one very obvious word to mind: DUH!

I’m no political pundit and have never considered myself to be well-versed in the areas of government or politics, but how is this any different from all the news we’ve been hearing since the presidential campaign began?

Romney’s focus has always been on the economy and how he can improve it faster than his competitor. Sure, he turned his sights on foreign affairs once “The Innocence of Muslims“caused international violence and controversy, but only out of desperation. If your economic arguments won’t fly, then why not try a different approach?

November is right around the corner and in almost every poll, Romney is lagging behind President Obama, even in battleground states like Ohio and North Carolina. Granted, polls are nothing more than predictors and have been unreliable in determining final election results, but they do have some value. The people being polled are Americans who share their opinions, after all.

Of course, there are polls that show Romney closing in on Obama, but they are few and far between. It certainly seems like Romney is on the ropes. And statements like the ones from Senator McCain seem more like GOP excuses for what could end up being a serious butt-kicking a few months from now.

I wonder what they’re going to say next…

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