Election Pleasures

Last night, on my way home from work, I got a call on my cell phone from “UNKNOWN”. My curiosity was piqued as I wondered if it was a pollster calling to allow me to register my complaints about Minneapolis’s sidewalk-replacement division that chose to arbitrarily gut my sidewalks and leave me with a $250 bill.

Alas, while the call was indeed from a pollster, they were curiously unreceptive regarding my complaints. Instead, they seemed to be conducting a push poll for the Minnesota DFL. Without asking for any sort of demographic data, they asked if I agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “Senator Norm Coleman could have done done more to stop metheaphetamine use in Minnesota.”

I laughed out loud and said “Strongly disagree. You’re conducting a push poll here, are you?” The woman abruptly concluded the phone call at that point.

Later that night, Bridgette and I sat down to watch ABC’s broadcast of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” To my increasing amusement, every time this warm-hearted family broadcast faded out, we were treated to an entire break’s worth of belligerantly negative campaign ads. I wondered if these campaigns had bothered to consider what the tone of those ads would feel like against the grain of the Charlie Brown special.

Folks, I like politics. Among other things, I teach a class on politics and current affairs for a living. I read the A section of the newspaper with great interest and enthusiasm. Having said that, next Tuesday can’t come fast enough…

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3 Responses to Election Pleasures

  1. tim hopps says:

    unfortunately, the campaigns for 2012 will start on wednesday, november 5th of this year.

  2. Roger says:

    Wait…what’s Tuesday?

  3. Joe says:

    I got a call from the same “poll”… I went the rout of trying to convince her that Al Franken had just dropped out of the race, even going as far as saying, “No really, it’s on CNN right now, dropping out of the race”. She hung up for some reason. For a party running a SNL writer for office, you’d think they’d have a better sense of humor.

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