Like everyone else, I really want this election to be over.
And I like this stuff.
With two days still to go, I have already burned through at least a half-dozen "mute" buttons trying to avoid the attack ads.
I don't mind that the ads usually rely on half-truths and baldfaced lies, or that they pretty much assume the electorate is a bunch of dopes.
No, what frosts my coconuts is that they have been so freaking boring. Would it have been too much to include a little humor, a little wit, "a little song a little dance a little seltzer down your pants?"
No, instead, we are fed these vicious character assassinations, which conclude with the smiling candidate saying he or she approved this message.
You know why they always say they approve this message?
One, because the rules say they have to.
And, two, because they do.
Given that attack ads are not going away any time soon, I think the best we can hope for is that the disclaimer line at the end be altered to something like:
My name is Susan Andrew Linda Murphy and I approve this crap.
I'm also sick of polls.
There used to be the Gallup Poll and the Harris Poll, and that was about it. Not only does everybody and his mother now sponsor a poll, but they poll constantly. This is like taking your temperature all the time to see how you are feeling.
Not only do they poll all the time, they poll everybody.
Here's the thing. As bad as it has been, it could have been worse. What if Connecticut were a swing state? What if, God forbid, we were Ohio?
In Ohio the joke goes:
"Are you voting for Obama?"
"I'm not sure. He's only been over for dinner a couple of times."
Malloy In Energizer Bunny Mode
If the late Gov Tom Meskill taught future Connecticut governors anything, it is you better be front and center when a natural disaster hits. As you may recall, Meskill decided to remain on vacation in Vermont in 1973 rather than return to the state following a paralyzing ice storm. The fallout was so bad he didn't run for re-election the next year.
I'm not sure how politicians know this, but did you ever notice they have a knack for being on vacation when something bad happens. Remember Rosa DeLauro calling it in from Italy during Irene? Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, though, has been all over storm Sandy, and is getting good job reviews. Same goes for Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey, to whom I want to now apologize for once referring to him as Christie Kreme.
'Heck Of A Job Brownie' Weighs In
Former FEMA director "Heck of a Job Brownie" cemented his status as one of the most clueless appointed officials to ever occupy a patronage position when he criticized FEMA for responding too quickly to storm Sandy. Um, if your house was just washed away, would you want FEMA there early, or late?
The Weak In Tweet
Daily News has photo of Christie and Obama on front page with the headline: Thick & Thin
Bring back YouuuuuuuuuK.
What if Romney had picked Christie as VP instead of Ryan?
Guy from weather channel just said cities with tall buildings like Hartford could experience 100 mph winds
Every morning I get an e-mail from The Universe. This mornings? "Keep calm and saunter on." Obviously the universe lives inland
Lived on shore 17 months, second evacuation notice. Staying put.
Sign you are watching The Weather Channel too much: starting to think standing out side reporting in storm might be a good job.
Sign your are watching The Weather Channel too much: becoming strangely aroused by the words "Local on the 8s"
Sign that you are watching The Weather Channel too much: You have begun rooting for certain computer models
At Paper Back Café in Old Saybrook for breakfast. Hurricane specials: Tidal Surge Omelet, Perfect Storm Scramble, Aunt Sandy's Pancakes.
Just got back from town, both stores I went into had D batteries ... WTF?
Sandy is being described as a hurricane inside a nor'easter. Gee, that makes me feel better.
Song Of The Weak
"Ohio" (Crosby, Still, Nash & Young)