Well now–what cheer, good friends? What cheer! It’s Election Day, and I only wish I could shoulder a rifle, train on the town green, eat election cake, and quaff draughts of good beer. Instead, I’m going to bury myself in work in the hopes that I can take off tonight to watch the returns roll in.
Some interesting observations on the current silly season:
- Yesterday on the Baa Ram U. campus, some supporters of “Senator” Bennet had put up posters urging students to vote for him or else education funding will “go down the toilet,” complete with an illustration of–a toilet. Except, higher education is funded by the state, not the Feds, and we’re about to elect a Democrat who–probably with the help of Dems in the state Assembly and Senate–will probably dismantle what’s left of higher education funding in my state. In other words, it’s a two-fer for Colorado Republicans: they’ll get higher ed defunded, and the Democrats will do it for ’em! Say it with me here: Awesome!
- I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but in all but a few outliers (interestingly, most of them PPP polls) Ken Buck has outpolled Michael Bennet in every poll since last summer. Bennet, the incumbent unelected Democrat, has consistently trailed Buck, and he’s never broken 50 percent. In most re-election campaigns, the commentators and the press would have long since announced that we should stick a fork in him, he’s done. But not this time around–maybe because Bennet once again (as in the primary) had an enormous cash advantage? Buck admittedly isn’t a polished candidate and he has made some major blunders, but it’s weird that no one talks about Bennet’s pi$$-poor showing but me (especially considering the princely wad he’s wasted to remain 1-3 points behind Buck.) It’s still close, and it could go either way today–but those numbers don’t look good for Bennet. (Especially since now even PPP has him losing to Buck by one point!)
- Voting by mail is great, since the campaigns stop calling once they see that I’ve voted. I miss the drama and the ceremony of lining up to vote–but not that much. Although I did get two consecutive calls last night from the Betsy Markey (CO-4) and the Bennet campaigns asking me to volunteer today. As if.
- Oh, and by the way: I get it that complaining about the historically historic levels of dirt and poo-flinging is all part of the ritual practice of modern politics, but these campaign ads from 1800 should debunk once and for all this ridiculous fantasy (via The Spot, via Reason TV.)
- Finally, let’s raise a glass in tribute to one of the the last Democrats to have a pair of stones: Aaron Burr. He challenged political opponent Alexander Hamilton to a duel in July 1804 and killed him! Now that’s dirty politics, man. Hamilton got his picture on the $10 bill as a consolation prize. (I think I should point out that Burr lost the presidential election of 1800 to Jefferson, and then lost his campaign to be Governor of New York after winning his big duel. So, I wouldn’t endorse pistol-packing as an electoral strategy.)