Foreign readers might or might not know this, but the United States has an utterly idiotic voting system for Presidential elections whereby entire states have to go entirely for one candidate or the other. The only thing stupider than this system is that we can't get together to abolish it.
Wisconsin is a "swing state" in this election, which means it's one of the few that could go either way, which means it's one of the states where campaigning is actually going on...because of course all American elections are decided by the few idiots who can't make up their minds in the states that are most evenly divided, a system that is sufficiently random that no one can object to it. My nerves are frayed. I've hardly answered the @#!$ phone in two weeks, because nine out of ten calls are robo-calls from political organizations. My own mother is complaining bitterly that she can't get through to me. (As I typed this, the phone lit up again, "caller unidentified." It's probably either Bill Clinton or someone cordially inviting me to a Republican rally.)
And don't even get me started about the avalanche of email clogging up my inbox.
I'm suspicious of polls, though. I told the first few (accurately) who I will be voting for and that the chance of me changing my mind was zero; then I told the next few (subversively) that I would be voting for the other guy; and the last time that there was actually a live human pollster on the other end of the line, I tried my best to convince her that I thought the candidate I don't like was an alien who came out from behind a comet and that if I didn't vote for him he would atomize me with an anti-progress gun. I think I had her going for a while there, too, but then I started laughing at my own jokes.
They've tried to poll me about thirty times, I think. Those are just the calls I picked up.
Just for fun, I picked up that call I told you about above. It was a robo-pollster; I told the nice robo-lady that I was a female who would definitely vote but was undecided and not leaning either way. Hey, bad data serves lazy sociologists right.
But here's the best commercial of the current season. This was made by two pharmacist friends who actually paid their own money to put it on the air, on the late local news in the Omaha, Nebraska market. It sums up why I've watched very little TV in the past few weeks.
This is non-partisan, too, so it's safe to watch no matter which side you're on.
One other thing you should know is that I suffer from an irrational fear of dental work.
Tomorrow, the drilling stops...we hope.
(Thanks to Mike Plews)
P.S. Note that this post is non-partisan. If I can do it, you can too...non-partisan comments only, please.
P.P.S.: This was supposed to be the "Open Mike" yesterday, but I got distracted by football....
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paul in AZ: "A serious question: After two or more years of non-stop campaign rhetoric and BS, how could there still be undecided voters? Are these Martians who just stepped off the spaceship?"
Mike replies: I think they'd have to be from farther away than that. Martians probably have their opinions. [g]