January 27, 2004


George McGovern predicts:

I think a slight majority will vote to throw Bush out.

Slight majorities aren’t really McGovern’s area of expertise. He’s more your man for “total electoral annihilation” commentary. I’m still hoping for a Kucinich revival, especially now he’s got Homer Simpson campaigning for him:

It was hard to overlook Kucinich on this day, not only because he may have been the only person in the dining hall wearing a suit, but also because his lunchtime arrival was announced by a guy wearing a jester's cap and banging on a drum made from a 55-gallon white plastic barrel.

And in news sure to boost the President’s re-election campaign, they finally found that dictator’s hoard of chemical weapons.

(Many emails have arrived over the last few days demanding that I address this “no evidence of chemical stockpiles” issue. I already did, back in July. But I’ll have more to say in next week’s Bulletin column.)

Posted by Tim Blair at January 27, 2004 01:41 AM

Students trudging along the frigid University of New Hampshire commons did a double take as a gear-grinding bus with a psychedelic paint job belched its way across campus Thursday morning.

It's understandable that it took many of them awhile to figure out what they were looking at, given that the bus was awash in an eye-assaulting blur of colorful images, making it difficult to discern the lettering proclaiming, ``Kucinich for President.''

I love it. The guy thinks he's Ken Kesey. Watching him implode is going to be fun.

Posted by: Alice at January 27, 2004 at 02:09 AM

With all these endorsements by fictional characters, Kuchinich's poll numbers are sure to climb all the way up to 2, hell maybe even 3 percent. And if he can grab the coveted Eric Cartman endorsement ("Respect Dennis Kucinich's authoritah!") the sky's the limit!

Posted by: Randal Robinson at January 27, 2004 at 02:11 AM

Won't happen, Randal. Remember the "Scuzzlebutt" episode?

Uncle Jimbo: "Well, you see, son, the Democrats have passed a lot of laws lately to try to keep us from hunting."


This isn't conclusive, but I think Cartman would sum up Kucinich's program as follows:

"It's all just a bunch of tree-huggin' hippie CRAP!"

Posted by: JPS at January 27, 2004 at 03:42 AM

Wow. I didn't even realize McGovern was still *alive*...but that aside, we'd better have something addressed right now, then. Does he mean a slight *popular* majority or a slight *electoral* majority? Because I've had about all the bleating about "stolen elections" I can take this electoral cycle, and I'd hate to have to listen to the same thing all over again.

Posted by: monsterdog at January 27, 2004 at 03:51 AM


Yeah, Cartman does hate tree-hugging hippies alright so a Kucinich endorsement is right out. Big Gay Al's endorsement (among other things) is up for grabs though. There's hope yet for Dennis K. to break out and sweep to victory in November!

Posted by: Randal Robinson at January 27, 2004 at 04:33 AM

Kucinich can easily get the Wendy endorsement, though, and she'll bring Stan to the table as well.

The real question is: who will get the crucial Timmy endorsement?

Posted by: Brendan at January 27, 2004 at 06:37 AM

Wow. Re: Hitler's WMD's, do you think that the allied invasion of Germany in 1945 is now finally justified ??
Does this mean that WW2 wasn't all about OIIIIIIIIIIL

Posted by: Johnny Wishbone at January 27, 2004 at 10:03 AM

I can find little comfort in this. After all, Bush lost by a slight majority last time and look where that's got us.

Perhaps Americans could work a little harder this time - and learn to count?

Posted by: Nemesis at January 27, 2004 at 10:41 AM

Re. that stockpile of Nazi chemical weapons;

"European governments reckon the stocks are safest where they are, slowly seeping poisons that may break down in contact with sea water or become diluted over decades.

The environmental group Greenpeace says they should be recovered..."

I wonder what Greenpeace would have said about removing Hitler if their organisation been around in 1937?

Posted by: Wilbur at January 27, 2004 at 11:07 AM

Nemmie: we'll learn to count way sooner than you'll learn to think.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 27, 2004 at 12:14 PM

The bus could be a Ken Kesey reference, Alice, but the smart money says it's a Partridge Family reference.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at January 27, 2004 at 02:58 PM