Clark pumpkin templates

· 2004 Election

update circa late 2004: with autumn upon us, a lot of people appear to be dropping by to read this entry on Clark Pumpkin Templates from late 2003.
1. Welcome!
2. Vote Kerry!
3. While you’re here, I thought I’d take this opportunity to suggest that for up-to-date political content, you might visit us at Edgewise, for current musings on that spot where people and the internet connect, please visit The Power of Many, for poems, tunes, and general shtick, please visit Cecil Vortex.com, and for a wide variety of all-free, all-MP3 audio entertainments, please drop by Monkey Vortex Radio Theater.
OK, them’s the plugs. Now on with “Clark Pumpkin Templates” — an Edgewise Classic….
-Cecil
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I don’t want to be too harsh here. And I should say up front that I’m still intrigued by Clark’s candidacy.
But these pumpkin templates they’re pitching on the Clark04 site are just plain goofy.
Scroll down and gasp at pictures of real, live (OK, probably dead) Clark pumpkins. Look closely.
One of them features a sign that reads “pumpkins for Clark.”
PUMPKINS FOR CLARK.
Now I’ll stipulate that carving goofy pumpkins can be a great way to make friends.
(And if you disagree, just look at this.)
But even so, and still, and furthermore:
PUMPKINS FOR CLARK?
Makes you wonder if someone in the Clark campaign might be just a few pumpkin seeds shy a full packet of pumpkin seeds. If you know what I mean.

Bush Knockout Punch?

· 2004 Election

This could be a Sleeper.
Just guessing, but a decisive blow to Bush’s reelection may emerge, during the Spring and through the Summer, from devastating declines in reenlistment in the Guard, Reserves, and regular Army.
This will be very hard for him to defend against: It is hard facts, not interpretation. It will be a dramatic, progressive, relentlessly ongoing story. It will cut across pro-war and anti-war sentiments, perceived by _both_ sides as a marked decline in Security, Strength, and Readiness–and simply as a bungle.
It will set “Support Our Troops” _against_ “Support the President.” And it will be dollar costly in the incentives required to recoup from the decline–not to mention the prospect of a resurrected draft.
Time will tell.