Presidentially Serious questions

Presidentially Serious questions

Has anyone ever re-started a “suspended” campaign? (Is it that hard to say “I quit” when the job is so far out of reach?)

My favorite question for the candidates: Who is your biggest adversary?

My follow-up question: If you said a U.S. politician and not some leader or group we’re fighting, why?

How do you get your news about the election and about candidates? I recommend changing your method — if you mostly read, watch, and if you mostly watch, read. The perspective change can be revealing.

Have you decided who to vote for?

Have you decided to vote? If not, as a bumper sticker once noted, you give up your right to complain.

As a public service, would at least one cable and one broadcast station show the Robert Redford film “The Candidate” at regular intervals until the election?

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  • Great questions, Margaret!

  • In reply to Abbie Claire:

    Thank you, Abbie!

  • On "suspending the campaign," I thought it had to be some legal term. This 4-year old CNN article says it isn't, but it turns out it is, because it doesn't mean "stop fundraising." Thank you for inducing me to look it up. And, to answer your question, John McCain actually "temporarily suspended" his campaign.

    In paragraph 5, I see you made the same grammatical mistake Bernie Sanders did, and he went to the U of C, now UChicago.

    Paragraph 6: I have not decided if any candidate is worth my vote. What pushed me over that cliff was a radio ad that sounded like Lyin' for Judge.

    Paragraph 8: CNN gets better ratings for "Trump calls -- nasty," similar to "Nelson Muntz calls Jimbo Jones a bully." I'm sure you can find a more literary simile.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm glad I caused you to look something up, Jack.
    Thank you for another round of good answers.
    As for paragraph 5, I stand on conversational style here. I believe it was Winston Churchill who said that refusing to end a sentence with a preposition was the kind of nonsense up with which he would not put. Like Sir Winston, I feel that structure is just too stilted.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Whether one takes the Diane Chambers or Sam Malone track on this:
    Sam: She's trying to become the kind of waitress that you'd enjoy being waited on by.
    Diane: (whispering) You just ended that sentence with two prepositions...
    Sam: Don't you have customers to deal with?
    Diane: That ended with a preposition, too...
    Sam: Don't you have customers to deal with, mullet head?

  • In reply to jack:

    Cheers to you for that.

  • Margaret Serious: I am going to do two things that you have suggested. Namely: swap out watching election news for increased reading about it; and scanning my cable guide for a chance to see "The Candidate" - it's been awhile!

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