May 17, 2006
Humming the Lyrics To an Old Tune

Mrs. Batard sends along this juicy little tidbit from Philadelphia:

If there really is such a thing as a “Starbucks Republican” (aside from Rick Santorum), he (or she) lives in Chester County, Pa. The western exurban fringe of the Philadelphia area, it is a woody sprawl of bland subdivisions, gleaming office parks, and Ruby Tuesday’s hamburger joints.

Overwhelmingly white and upscale, Chester County has voted for Bush even as Pennsylvania has become a “blue state” and Philly's other suburbs went Democratic. (In fact, the last GOP presidential candidate it shunned was Barry Goldwater in 1964.) Voters in Chester County normally care about three issues: Lowering taxes, reducing taxes, and preventing higher taxes.

That’s why anyone seeking a Democratic tidal wave in 2006 need look no further. There was only one major special election in Pa. last night — thus pitting a Republican against a Democrat — and it was in Chester County. Check out what happened

Maybe it’s time to break out an old Sam Cooke album to hear some great lyrics from an old favorite that are long overdue:

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know a change gonna come
Oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees

There’s been times that I thought
I wouldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh, yes it will

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Posted by Buck Batard at May 17, 2006 08:33 PM
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hello, just wanted to share some of my own lyrics for you all to comment on...hope you like them.

Posted by: jenna rose on May 17, 2006 9:27 PM

Inquiring minds want to know: Were they using Dieboldt voting machines? Or pencil and paper?

Posted by: Lucy from the HOJ&TS on May 17, 2006 11:36 PM

Just testing.

Posted by: Harrison2 on May 19, 2006 11:22 AM

Just testing.

Posted by: Harrison2 on May 20, 2006 11:16 AM

for Lucy, from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
[oddly, the first system sounds like the one our county had until it was required to "upgrade" to a touchscreen]

Chester County's two new voting systems, both from Election Systems & Software:

One calls for voters to mark their ballots by filling in ovals on a legal-size piece of special paper. When finished, the voter inserts the ballot face down into a ballot box.

The other is an electronic touch-screen machine called the iVotronic that is similar to the machine used to order hoagies at Wawa. Votes are stored on a cartridge the size of a Gameboy, and the machine comes with an audio component for blind voters.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on May 21, 2006 4:21 PM
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