Friday, April 16, 2010

Are Political Offices Still for Sale?

The April 16th Yahoo! News headline read “DNC to pour $50 million into fall races.” What pikers! Meg Whitman who is a GOP candidate for the California governorship has already spent $59 million just to win her party’s nomination to run in the general election. Mighty Meg is using her eBay billions to send out 500,000 four-color magazines (aka sales brochures) to California Republicans, has over run the airwaves with commercials, and has recently distributed eight-minute video “news” stories to television stations throughout the state. Some stations in small, isolated markets who have little or no traveling moneys in their budget might forget journalistic standards and use them out of convenience.

Acronym Soup with the GOP and DNC
It is interesting how our twitter-ish world seems to have gone to acronyms and abbreviations since they more readily fit newspaper headlines. Few know that GOP stands for “Grand Old Party” but could stand for “Groveling Old Poopers” as they try to stop any actions by the opposition, many of which are ill planned or unplanned. For the electorate, the two-party system consists of Tweedledumb and Tweedledee and their origins are from an olde nursery rhyme that exemplifies where the two parties are today:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

Where’s the crow when this country needs him?

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