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Aaaaah, at long last, peace
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OK, letís all take another deep, long breath. I am soooooo over this whole election.

Donít get me wrong, I love politics, but enough already.

Anyway, Iíve collected a list of events that define for me, this election.

Itís not complete, but I think that each item is significant. Theyíre in no meaningful order.

ē JibJab. The creators of this political satire of both political parties was hilarious. Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, whose Dad lives here in Pinellas County, poke great fun at Botox-loving John Kerry and right-winger George Bush with a spoof on Woody Guthrieís folk song ďThis Land is Your Land.Ē Check out www.jibJAB.com. The brothers have created another parody, too. This one includes the Supremes and former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who recently said he is gay.

ē U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris. Oh, boy. Ever the polarizing figure, the Sarasota Republican and her Democratic rival, Jan Schneider, ran a nasty race for southwest Floridaís 13th District. I would have thought that the stateís Republican leaders would have sent her packing after her mangling of the 2000 election. Two other politicians who have taken Florida politics to a new low are Betty Castor and Mel Martinez. Pardon me, John Stossel if I use your trademark phrase, but ďGive Me a Break!Ē

ē Election signs. I am so worn out with seeing signs for ALL of the candidates. Itís just litter, especially right now when so many signs are still out there. At least, the commercials on TV are over. I used to hate people who channel surfed during commercials. Now, Iím a channel surfer.

ē Red or blue state. I never could understand why the Republican-leading states were given a red mark. Isnít red the color most often associated with communism, the diametrical opposite of all things Republican?

ē Health problems of significant figures. Whether itís the heart attack that 58-year-old former

President Clinton suffered, or the cancer that Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, 80, is fighting, health problems are an enormous part of this election. For instance, Democrats are promoting universal health care coverage, while Republicans favor tax-deductible health spending accounts. And then thereís always the issue of whether we should import drugs from Canada.

ē Hereís something that will actually teach us something worthy: Long lines.

It doesnít end with the election. Every time I go to the grocery store and have to stand in line to buy two or three things, Iíll think of Tuesday.

Maybe itís patience. Or maybe itís tolerance for a slow cashier.

Iím just glad the whole election is over.

Now guess whatís up?

Christmas and all the hectic shopping and parties.

Here we go again.

Jim Harrington is the editor of the Largo Leader, Clearwater Citizen and Safety Harbor Journal.
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