Election Day 2014--Vancouver, Washington Edition

I live on the border between Oregon and Washington.  I get my local TV news from Portland, Oregon but live in Vancouver, Washington.  Vancouver is the poor cousin in this relationship.

As election day gets closer we are inundated with television campaign ads (just like everyone else, I imagine).  Here in Washington, the candidates and incumbents don’t have to declare their party affiliation in the TV ads.  Which is interesting.

Here’s what is happening at every commercial break---Every incumbent (regardless of party affiliation) running for re-election has the same pitch, to wit:  “I been fightin’ da’ man all along to get you folks sumpthin' good and keep da' man from doin’ sumpthin' bad.  Reelect me so I can keep fightin’ da’ man.”  The Republicans generally say that they are, in fact, Republicans.  The Democrats generally say nothing about party affiliation.  Like I said--Interesting.

The kicker, though, is that the incumbents seem to have been sheltered from the absolute fact that THEY ARE DA’ MAN!!  I’d like to see some video of all of those representatives fighting themselves.

In Washington we vote by mail.  Everybody votes by mail.  So I’ve already voted.  A straight Republican ticket.  Voted against new gun regulations.  Voted to tax the marijuana growers but against all other voluntary taxes.  Didn’t vote for any incumbent judge running for re-election unopposed.

The only real reason that I bother to vote at all anymore is that I believe in a concept that goes like this:  “If you don’t vote you got no right to bitch”.

And I intend on pitching a bitch at least once in a while.

We get all the ads for the Oregon election too.  This is because the TV stations are all located in Oregon.  Very bizarre state.  They’re going to vote on legalization of marijuana (a lock), food labeling (a toss-up), jungle primaries (who cares), and the re-election of a corrupt Democrat for governor, who will win in a landslide.  Well, it’s their bizarre state and they can do whatever they want.  Like the current popular saying goes--"Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys”.

I’ll be happier when the election cycle is finished and we can get back to normal ads on TV--Catheters, Hurry-Canes, Medical Lawsuits, Viagra, Fast Food, and Expensive Cars.

I miss the days of TV programs being sponsored by Mattel, Coleco, Kellog’s Frosted Flakes, Yuban, Colt 45 Malt Liquor, and Winston.  But that’s a story for another day

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