The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Thursday, October 21, 2004
VOTESCAN: Reason's presidential survey is now
online. If you'd like to skip directly to my answers, read on:
2004 vote: I'm not sure yet, but I'm increasingly inclined to write in Elmer Fudd.

2000 vote: Harry Browne.

Most embarrassing vote: Dukakis. Bush Sr.'s ACLU-baiting campaign was appalling, and I wasn't yet ready to start throwing my vote away on third-party candidates and frivolous write-ins. So I threw it away on a Democrat instead.

Favorite president: It would have to be one of those practically powerless presidents who served under the Articles of Confederation -- maybe the anti-federalist Richard Henry Lee, chief of the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1785, who helped launch the American Revolution, tried to ban the importation of slaves, fought to include a Bill of Rights in the Constitution, and sang the goofiest song in 1776.
I originally was going to pick William Henry Harrison as my favorite president, on the grounds that his sole act in office was to die, but Glenn Garvin up and used that answer himself.

I probably should have added that while I really am "not sure yet" how I'm voting, the choice that bedevils me is not whether to opt for Bush or Kerry. It's whether to write in something disrespectful (Mr. Fudd), vote for a third-party candidate, or just stay home.

posted by Jesse 5:45 PM
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