the last word on the election

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    This article is a cracker - you cry babys should take note.....

    Those 'dumb' voters picked the winner again
    Author: PETER RUEHL
    Date: 11/10/2004
    Words: 493
    Source: AFR
    Publication: Australian Financial Review
    Section: News
    Page: 2

    The biggest piece of fun about watching the Howard victory is the contortions from the Latham backers. Politicians, editorial writers, Canberra yackers they can't seem to come to grips with it. It's like watching Whoopi Goldberg wake up and realise she's married to Dick Cheney. And has to make breakfast.
    Can we please stop with the "interest rate scare tactics" as the reason for the Howard win? Whenever you hear somebody saying the other side won because of scare tactics, what they're saying is the voters are stupid.

    First, they were stupid because they were only voting on one issue, you know, as voters always do. Second, they were stupid because they bought the argument totally. Third, they were stupid because they voted for . . . the winner.

    By extension, this would have to mean only the smart people voted for the loser.

    This is as good a way as any for consoling yourself for being so out of touch with reality that you think it's just a concept.

    These people are so smart they're a step ahead of the majority, the problem being they've been a step ahead for four elections now.

    They're currently so far ahead that John Howard's margins are getting even bigger. If they get any smarter, Howard will be Prime Minister for life.

    I watched an interview program on Sky yesterday that featured a couple of the Canberra media's best and brightest, in other words, Howard haters.

    You'd never know it was the day after he'd turned Labor into toast from the rants these two went on. It was like listening to Britney Spears complaining about B.B. King's chord structures. An editorial in a Sunday paper extolled Mark Latham's virtues and went so far as to say that three years from now "Howard may not be the man to beat him". Considering the trashing he gave Latham on Saturday, I'd want to be real careful about Mark's rock-star status.

    Look, the election's over and your boy lost. Deal with it. The rest of us don't want to spend the next three years getting bored to death by a pocket of people who are bummed out by the last four elections. If you don't like democracy, take up bungee jumping in Somalia.

    Any election victory has its flaws, since most tend to be won by human beings. Howard's made more promises than a teenage boy on a second date and, from a conservative economic point of view, he's been about as successful as Ivana Trump on a long haul in Saks Fifth Avenue. He's squandered a huge surplus on programs that can only blow out in the future (let's not forget Latham wasn't any piker in this area, either). And the one thing this country really needs across-the-board tax cuts has never been seriously mentioned.

    Funny, though. Those dumb voters keep on getting a kick out of electing Howard.

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