Why the election game?

April 22, 2008

Why am I posting quotes from different years? What am I trying to say?

I truthfully don’t know yet. However, I figure it is one of three things:

1) Politicians have the same red button issues year after year.
2) The press keeps following the same story lines because they can’t think of anything new.
3) The public has the same problems year after year so there is no need for politicians to change their message.

The original game was to show how 1972 and 2008 were similar as both take place in the middle of unpopular wars with Democrats trying to win the presidency from Republicans. Now, I think it could be a larger pattern.


Quote #4 and Quote #5

April 22, 2008

“In the fierce and seemingly endless battle between (blank) and (blank), the enthusiastic involvement of an unprecedented number of young people — roughly 14% of (blank) primary voters, up from 9% in (blank) — presents the (blank) with an extraordinary opportunity to reshape U.S. politics in the coming years. It is theirs to seize or to squander.

Studies over the last half a century have repeatedly shown that voter preferences among most people in their teens and 20s have not yet crystallized — a pattern referred to by social scientists as the “impressionable years” hypothesis. Yet, in response to the key historical events a generation encounters in late adolescence and early adulthood, young people begin to develop more stable political beliefs and party preferences. More often than not, those party allegiances — even the habit of voting — will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

“This is an ugly portent for the 25 million or so new voters between 18 and 25 who may or may not vote in (blank). And many of them probably will vote. The ones who go to the polls in (blank) will be the most committed, the most idealistic, the “best minds of my generation” as (blank) said it fourteen years ago in (blank). There is not much doubt that the hustlers behind the “Youth Vote” will get a lot of people out to the polls in (blank). If you give 25 million people a new toy, the odds are pretty good that a lot of them will try it at least once.”

Quote #3

April 11, 2008

In a nation where 44 million Americans, including 11 million children, have no health insurance, health care reform has emerged as a key issue in this year’s presidential campaign.

“Health care protection is too piecemeal now, and too many people are falling through the cracks,” said Marcia Soffer, 73, as she walked down San Francisco’s Market Street with her friend Phyllis Schneider, 76, on a recent afternoon. “The candidate with the broadest approach will get my vote.”

Quote #2

April 5, 2008

Now, with another one of these big bogus showdowns looming down on us, I can already pick up the stench of another bummer. I understand, along with a lot of other people, that the big thing, this year, is Beating (blank). But, that was also the big thing (blank) years ago in (blank) – and as far as I can tell, we’ve gone from bad to worse to rotten since then, and the outlook is for more of the same.

Quote #1

April 2, 2008

“I know,” said (blank). “Next time you want to think about appealing a case to the U.S. Supreme Court, just remember who’ll be up there.”


He and a lot of others have worked too hard for the past (blank) to derail the kind of nightmare that the (blank) team is ready to ram down our throats. There is not much satisfaction in beating (blank) & (blank), then having to swallow a third-rate yoyo like (blank) and a vengeful geek like (blank). What (blank) and (blank) have done in (blank) years – despite the best efforts of the sharpest and meanest young turks the Democratic opposition can call on – is reduce the U.S. Supreme Court to the level of a piss-poor (blank) team in Memphis….

Answers below in the comments…

New Game

April 2, 2008

So, here’s the backstory. I saw “Gonzo” at SXSW and loved it. Loved the coverage of the 1972 election and Hunter S. Thompson’s place in it. So, I got the book, “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72”. I’ll admit, the idea was already gestating within my brain as I watched the documentary. However, it took a bit to come to fruition.

Here is the game. I’ll post a quote having to do with an election. You’ll have to figure out which one. If you’re smart, you’ll already realize most will come from this year, or 1972. Heck, that said, I may have to mix things up.