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From The Annals of Futility

Walking home from Sparky's I saw that some eager beavers had decided it would be a good idea to put up some Bush-Cheney signs in the vicinity of the 14th and U intersection that's already plastered with exhortations to "Vote Or Die," random stuff about the Ward 2 vote, and the occassional Kerry-Edwards poster. The idea of Bush campaigning in the District of Columbia, whose population consists almost entirely of African-Americans, government employees, and African-American employees is a more than a bit absurd. Here in the noble 22nd Precinct I was shocked to learn the other day that we have as many as one Bush supporter.

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I want an Espresso at Sparky's! Perfect dreary fall day for it.

Posted by: epistemology | Oct 30, 2004 4:31:37 PM

I enjoy Sparky's, but it reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with the soup nazi.

I've been there twice and once my girlfriend was reprimanded for ordering "grande" instead of "large" and the other time I received a glare and a heavy sigh for not seeing the list of bagel types.

Posted by: Mark | Oct 30, 2004 5:35:23 PM

Huh? Please explain this list:African-Americans, government employees, and African-American employees

Posted by: zwichenzug | Oct 30, 2004 5:50:24 PM

Well, I think it's great that some determined partisans want to remind us of their presence, even in the heart of Kerry-country.

Heck, when Howard Dean's nomination looked "inevitable," I said that one of the great things about his candidacy was that Dean supporters in Alabama would be holding Dean signs above highway overpasses on election day, whereas all of the Bush supporters in Cambridge, Massachusetts would be pretty silent.

Posted by: Constantine | Oct 30, 2004 5:53:09 PM

zwichenzug: "X consists only of Foo, Bar and Foo-Bar" is an ancient comedy routine. God only knows where it originated, and it's probably older than all of us combined.

(In other words: it's a joke, son.)

Posted by: Doctor Memory | Oct 30, 2004 6:26:39 PM

zwichenzug: To follow up on Doctor Memory, I think that MY just forgot to add "government" to his last bit. It should read, "African-American government employees"...

Posted by: Everett Volk | Oct 30, 2004 9:12:01 PM

Well hell, I see plenty of Kerry stickers and even a few yard signs here in Waco Texas. I expect that Kerry has just about as much chance to take Texas as Bush does to take DC.

I was working in DC back in 92 when Clinton first won. Interestingly I think I saw more Clinton/Gore stickers on cars AFTER the election than before. Only in DC would people wait until after the election to make ther political persuasions known.

Posted by: Kent | Oct 31, 2004 1:38:10 AM

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Isn't this aimed at commuters?

Posted by: John | Oct 31, 2004 6:34:54 AM

Only in DC would people wait until after the election to make ther political persuasions known.

In Fairfax VA I typically see about 3 times as many Kerry bumper stickers as Bush stickers. On a typical day I'll see 3 Kerry stickers and 1 Bush sticker. Once I counted, I saw 5 Kerry stickers, 2 Bush stickers, and 162 cars that clearly had neither. Also 6 yellow-ribbon support-the-troops stickers and 3 american flag stickers. And one Bush/Satan sticker.

But my wife said I was missing some of the Bush stickers. She pointed one out to me; they had it inside their back window inside the smoked glass where it seemed to me it obstructed their vision but was hard to see.

Posted by: J Thomas | Oct 31, 2004 12:16:08 PM

They say that we have one in the Berkeley math department as well. And I've met one in the Berkeley philosophy department. Shocking!

Posted by: Kenny Easwaran | Nov 1, 2004 11:37:11 PM

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