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…