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Article published on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004
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OK, let’s all take another deep, long breath. I am soooooo over this whole election.

Don’t get me wrong, I love politics, but enough already.

Anyway, I’ve collected a list of events that define for me, this election.

It’s not complete, but I think that each item is significant. They’re in no meaningful order.

• 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 Guthrie’s folk song “This Land is Your Land.” 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.

• 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 Florida’s 13th District. I would have thought that the state’s 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 “Give Me a Break!”

• Election signs. I am so worn out with seeing signs for ALL of the candidates. It’s 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, I’m a channel surfer.

• Red or blue state. I never could understand why the Republican-leading states were given a red mark. Isn’t red the color most often associated with communism, the diametrical opposite of all things Republican?

• Health problems of significant figures. Whether it’s 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 there’s always the issue of whether we should import drugs from Canada.

• Here’s something that will actually teach us something worthy: Long lines.

It doesn’t end with the election. Every time I go to the grocery store and have to stand in line to buy two or three things, I’ll think of Tuesday.

Maybe it’s patience. Or maybe it’s tolerance for a slow cashier.

I’m just glad the whole election is over.

Now guess what’s 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.
Article published on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004
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