November 8, 2004

Analysis

I think enough time has passed that I can now look at the election somewhat objectively, offering a reasoned analysis of why Kerry lost. There has been a lot of over simplification in the election analysis. For instance, some have adopted the silly notion that the Christian right took the election by force of numbers. To oversimplify the election that way is completely wrong-headed. I prefer a different over-simplification.

Clearly, that first debate was the turning point of the election, and people were reacting in two very different ways. The split is right down the line.

Nearly half the country were dissatisfied by Bush’s performance and decided to vote against him.

The other half were voting for the scary tall man to stop making the monkey sad.

That the vote went the way it did is encouraging for the nation, because it shows the depth of compassion we, as Americans, feel. For how can a society be judged if not by how it treats its monkeys?

Posted by James at November 8, 2004 7:01 PM
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Especially when you realize that some of those people don't even believe that monkeys are their ancestors. They're being nice to those monkeys for no good reason.

Posted by: Julie at November 9, 2004 10:20 AM

For most people, apes are our distant cousins. For those people, it's the monkeys.

The throwing of feces was the dead giveaway.

Posted by: James at November 9, 2004 11:03 AM

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