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Thursday, December 13, 2007


Political Humor of the Day

An op-ed in today's San Jose Mercury News asserts the need for a third political party. And where does the author see it fitting on the spectrum? On the left, where there's a gap as wide as the ocean? No, between the Republican and Democratic parties! What's it going to be called, the "Paper-thin Party"? The "let's get out of Iraq in 2015, halfway between when the Democrats want to leave and the Republicans want to leave" party?

For an additional laugh, the author is Les Francis, the former deputy chief of staff in President Jimmy Carter. Here's what he tells us about himself:

When serving as the executive director of the Democratic National Committee in 1980, I oversaw my party's efforts to block ballot access to independent John Anderson, believing that every vote he was likely to receive that November would come at the expense of Jimmy Carter, who was seeking re-election to the White House against Republican Ronald Reagan. During the course of that campaign, I even wrote an opinion piece on the topic for the Mercury News, arguing for the preservation of the American two-party system.
Wow, a real democrat. That was sarcasm, just in case it didn't come through. What he was was a real Democrat. Small "d" democracy had (and still has) little or nothing to do with it.

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