Electoral poetry

This is from Faye Bruno of Oakland, whom I interviewed a few minutes ago for my previous post

There is something I must tell that I no longer can contain
Please prepare yourself to hear it, what it is might cause you pain
When I first heard all about it I thought, “They must be insane!”
But Republicans have nominated Palin and McCain!

Could this be, I asked myself, as incredulity took hold
That we’re looking to a guy at least a hundred-ten years old?
And to back him up, a calculating female from the cold?
Have we really fallen this far from America, the bold?

These uneducated morons are the best we have to show?
They who abnegated earmarks, but expected quid pro quo?
Just in case the worst should happen, I have planned a good heave ho;
I’ve a passport, I’ve a ticket, I am packed and good to go!

Looks as if it won’t come to that, Faye.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Progressive Democrat

    Hi Josh,More thoughts. Obama won for 3 powerful reasons. l)money 2)economy 3)strategy. I just started reading Team of Rivals about Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. It’s about how Lincoln incorporated his ambitious presidential opponents within his administration. Lincoln was a remarkable campaigner and a shrewd strategist. I think Obama shares some qualities in common with him. To the extent that Obama probably succeeds in the absence of any mass popular political movements will be the extent to which he can work with opponents like Sen. McCain. And speak of the man, I think he made a very graceful and healing concession speech.