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Saturday, January 03, 2004


Absolutely Hilarious

posted by annatopia at Saturday, January 03, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Some weekend levity via skippy the bush kangaroo. It's an AJC peice which casts the Democratic primaries as a March Madness style playoff. Here's a snippet, although it's worth a read in it's entirety:

The New England Division: Made up of two teams -- the Vermont Deaniacs led by Howard Dean, and the Boston Brahmins, starring Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts -- this division has produced the biggest surprise.

When the season began, the experts made the Brahmins the favorites, not just for the division but for the whole conference, and dismissed the Deaniacs as a bunch of bush leaguers who couldn't make the playoffs. But the Brahmins have fumbled and stumbled while the hard-charging, trash-talking, fast-breaking, in-your-face Deaniacs have the best record and head into the playoffs as the favorites.

The Centrist Division: Another two-team division comprising the Midwest Oldtimers, starring Rep. Richard Gephardt, and the Connecticut Moderates, led by Sen. Joseph Lieberman. The Oldtimers don't get their name from Gephardt's age, though, approaching 63, he is the oldest of the bunch. The name reflects the team's devotion to old-fashioned Democrats -- union members, family farmers, retirees, residents of fading industrial cities, such as Gephardt's St. Louis.

There was, of course, some consideration to putting the Moderates in the New England Division. But Lieberman stresses his centrism, not his region. Furthermore, other New Englanders are not sure Connecticut really belongs; half the folks there disdain the Red Sox and root for the Yankees.

The Southern Division: One team, Sen. Bob Graham's Florida Crackers, has already been eliminated, leaving the Carolina Kids of Sen. John Edwards and the Arkansas Generals led by Wesley Clark. Edwards, who is actually 50, has had to deal all season with opponents laughing at him because he appears to be 12. Clark is the latecomer into the race; after losing his first few matches because he didn't know what game he was playing, he found his stride and now leads the division.

The Lefty Division: This is the only three-team division, but it doesn't matter because none of the three can win. Dennis Kucinich's Cleveland Radicals have scored a few points, and the New York Preachers of the Rev. Al Sharpton execute the smoothest moves on the floor, even if they never score. Like the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Brauns, engaging though they may be, aren't going anywhere.


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