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Election dreams - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Election dreams
Okay, it's official. Even my subconscious isn't impressed with these guys.

I had a weird, disjointed dream about the next debate between Bush and Kerry. First, Bush was driving around in a old junker of an economy car (?!), and he couldn't find the place where the debate was supposed to be. He kept asking directions, but still ended up driving in circles. Meanwhile, Kerry was sitting there getting a pedicure and not answering questions. Eventually, they both get there (pedicure stuff disappeared without explanation), and proceed to ignore questions from the audience--it's a townhall one, again--in favor of sticking their tongues out at each other and trading playground insults.

Then, in case I started to think I just subconsciously disrespected the candidates, the dream shifted again, and they were both honestly trying to answer questions, but the audience was asking weird, trapping questions. I don't remember all of them (they both got them), but I remember one for Kerry word for word:

Audience member: Senator Kerry, during the battle at Bunker Hill, do you believe we should have surrendered when we ran low on ammunition?

Kerry: Well, er, obviously that would have been an unfortunate--

Audience member: (interrupts with derisive laughter) There was no battle at Bunker Hill! It was Breed's Hill! (Audience hoots laughter, making it impossible to answer further)

So, apparently, I think Bush is clueless, Kerry unengaged, and the general public more interested in scoring points off of them then figuring out who the best president would be.
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timesink From: timesink Date: October 12th, 2004 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
That is the most cogent political analysis I've read yet.
From: magnolia_mama Date: October 12th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds reasonable to me. Yesterday I was lamenting with a friend the dearth of inspiring politicians in recent years decades. The names we brought uo as examplars of greatness came from totally opposite sides of the political spectrum, but still our lament was the same. It reminded me of a line from Bloom County I still remember after all these years: "A statesman is a dead politician."

MM
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: October 12th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
That's hysterical. Insightful, but hysterical.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: October 12th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. You have a much more intelligent, coherent subconscious than I do. Not to mention insightful.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: October 12th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
No wonder I'm so confused. The thing that scares me most about this election is that I still haven't quite decided who to vote for yet, in part because I'm not sure where to look for information sufficiently unbiased in its presentation to allow me to come to my own opinion.
From: visservoldemort Date: October 16th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my opinion, there is no such thing as an unbiased source. Only a collection of biased sources coupled with checkable irrefutable facts. If that.

But if there's anything I can do to help, I am an (un)certified (un)official political educator!
From: peppa_minto Date: October 12th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah. My dreams are about marrying my friend's brother or fighting batman.

The pedicure thing is very funny.
minoukatze From: minoukatze Date: October 12th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear you. Though I'm definitely voting Kerry, it's more because I don't like the way Bush is running things rather than an intense faith in Kerry. Not that I dislike Kerry, mind, but he doesn't exactly inspire me.
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: October 12th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

What did you eat last night??!!

When I have dreams that vivid - and odd - it's usually caused by Mexican or Italian food. :) I am so very weary of the whole election process - quite jaded, in fact. I should be more appreciative of the blessing that is democracy, but it's tiring. We are watching the debate tomorrow, but only for the children as I feel it's an Educational Opportunity which we don't want them to miss.

Obviously I'm voting for Bush. Don't love him, but I can't think of a President I have loved... well, not in my lifetime. I have all sorts of happy fantasies about a Teddy Roosevelt presidency, but I'm sure I'd be rather unhappy with his Latin America policy and probably would have arguments galore w/dear hubby over the trustbusting. They're all flawed.
may_child From: may_child Date: October 12th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got my absentee ballot on Friday and sent it in on Saturday.

I didn't vote for Kerry, exactly. I voted against Bush.
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: October 13th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
May Child - is your icon a preview from the 3rd movie? I haven't got my glasses on, but my 36yo eyes still seem to detect a pregnant-looking Padme. My kids would love to see preview shots from the new movie if theyr'e out there on the 'net somewhere!
may_child From: may_child Date: October 13th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
It is indeed a pregnant Padmé pic. (Nice alliteration, huh?) I found it at a lovely Anakin/Padmé site called Moons of Iego. http://moonsofiego.thepensieve.net/main.htm

On the right side of the home page, they galleries are divided thusly: Padmé pics, Anakin pics, and Anakin/Padmé pics, from each episode, as well as behind-the-scenes pics and pics of the actors.

Here's the URL to the specific pic: http://moonsofiego.thepensieve.net/padme/images/ep3/bts/sadpadme.jpg
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: October 12th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
[i]Audience member: (interrupts with derisive laughter) There was no battle at Bunker Hill! It was Breed's Hill! (Audience hoots laughter, making it impossible to answer further)[/i]

OMG, that's so funny!

I have to wonder what's become of poly-ticks so that people seldom seem to vote for a candidate, but more often voting against another candidate. I don't think the Bush adminstration is perfect but there are a lot of things I nonetheless like about the president.
may_child From: may_child Date: October 13th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to wonder what's become of poly-ticks so that people seldom seem to vote for a candidate, but more often voting against another candidate.

Lesser Of Two Evils Syndrome. That's what's become of poly-ticks.

There's one thing I like about (p)Resident Bush. It's...um...

Well, there's gotta be at least one thing I like about him. ;-P
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