For awhile there, I thought this day would never arrive. I'm sure my blood pressure will drop 25 points just on relief from nasty political ads.
I voted by mail a couple of weeks ago and now await the results. One of the things that has always depressed me is that with the exception of Harry Truman's surprise triumph over Dewey in 1948, the polls are hardly ever wrong or even off by more than a couple of points. Sometimes I wonder why we vote at all; just let the pollsters decide.
Nevertheless, I will undoubtedly stay awake late tonight watching the returns. One of the advantages of being on the west coast now is that some winners are announced earlier than on the east coast.
Wondering if anyone had ever said anything pithy about voting and elections, I tracked down some yesterday. Here are a few - serious, ironic, funny and mostly, cynical – in no particular order.
“Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.”
- - Gore Vidal
“We'd all like t'vote for th' best man, but he's never a candidate.”
- - Kin Hubbard
“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.”
- - William E. Simon
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - both commonly succeed, and are right.”
- - H.L. Mencken
“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”
- - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you're black in this country, if you're a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?”
- - Cher
“The Democrats think Republicans are stealing elections. The Republicans think Democrats are stealing elections. And those of us independent of the two old parties know they are both right.”
- - Kevin Zeese
“If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.”
- - Howard Zinn
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
- - Sir Winston Churchill
“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.”
- - Clarence S. Darrow
“Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing.”
- - Bernard Baruch
“Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.”
- - Author Unknown
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