By Suzanne Sparrow Watson
As I write this we are two days away from the election. Or, as we say in our house, 48 hours away from re-gaining control of our telephone. I know we’re not alone in this. It seems people everywhere are complaining that robo calls have disturbed dinner, naps and even Monday Night Football. Do you think it’s possible that the machines actually do come alive in the wee hours to plot the most effective ways to torture us?
Most of the calls tout a politician’s virtues. Or is that a self-cancelling phrase? In any event, in all the years I’ve been voting I have never received a call from a polling company. This is truly remarkable given the number of polls that have sprung up. Remember when Gallup was the only poll? And remember when nobody paid attention to it?
In an attempt to get a jump on the 2016 race I am thinking of some new polls that people might actually care about. In my opinion, here’s what I think the pollsters should be asking:
- The Fishing Poll: How many whoppers or exaggerations did the candidates tell this week?
- The Stripper Poll: How many contortions did the candidate bend himself into so he could disown former positions contrary to his current positions?
- The North Poll: How many promises were made to deliver gifts to everyone: Social Security, Medicare, small business, shovel-ready jobs, your old Aunt Sally and her dog – all without any increase in taxes?
- The Barber Poll: Which candidate has promised that government/unions/big business/John Edwards all need a haircut?
- The Flag Poll: How many times have you hoisted the white flag of surrender in an attempt to get the ads, speeches, attacks and the robo calls to STOP?
I’m only dreaming here – I’m pretty doubtful we’re going to get asked any of these questions. But this much I do know: regardless of who wins the election, this country will carry on. Despite what the ads say, no one individual, not even the President, can wreck it.
As for me, after Tuesday I’m going to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet of my house. No longer will I fear the telephone. But the computer? That’s a different story.