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Becky Sarwate

Becky Sarwate
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I am about as liberal as they come, and please don't expect to change me, though I do sometimes sneak up on you with a surprise (pro-death penalty, for instance). Although gainfully employed as a full-time Marketing Manager, I keep my toes in the freelance pool as a journalist, theater critic, blogger and proud President of the Illinois Woman's Press Association. To read my work on this page is to find vignettes about Chicago, Hollywood, my own turbulent life, and of course, my number one passion: local and national politics.

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Salon.com
NOVEMBER 6, 2012 12:12AM

T’was the Night Before the Election

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T’was the night before the election, and all through Ohio
Margaritas were flowing like Cinco De Mayo.
Because Buckeye State residents were confident no matter who won,
Their days in the swing state spotlight were temporarily done.

Camp Romney retired its campaign of fluff,
Hopeful that the Etch-a-Sketch shaking had been enough.
To overcome the ire of chicks,
Who believed in their reproductive freedom, even without dicks.

Team Obama was bolstered by last minute polling,
That saw the incumbent ahead, and his opponent’s effort stalling.
Healthier job creation, increases in home sales, residential, 
Images of a post-Hurricane Barry looking Presidential


Gave Obama a boost in the waning days

That claims about Jeep production in China just couldn't sway.

Jon Stewart and Colbert toasted a winning season of lampoon, 

Almost (but not quite) wishing Romney a boon.


Because jokes and puns write with ease

When your campaign platform has more holes than Swiss cheese.

From "extreme conservative" to moderate and back

While crying foul over ads that attack

One's revolving positions, so hard to cement

Except for that business about the 47 percent.

"Borrow money from your parents" just doesn't seem to be

A responsible education policy

 

The Tea Party zealots, clutching copies of Ayn Rand,

Hoped that they'd filibustered enough to render Obama an also-ran,
When out of the blue from the sound bite penalty box

Came Joe Biden with Paul Ryan's socks.

That was the only thing left of the GOP candidate, you see,

After Biden leveled him in debate, cheerful as could be.

"Medicare won't change" promised Ryan, as long as you're a Boomer,
But the rest of you will be screwed much sooner. 

Romney/Ryan failed to learn the lessons of Bush

That entitlements turned vouchers have the appeal of stale tush.

Romney ran away fast from his running mate's "serious" clunker
And all but banished him to the Cheney bunker. 

But hide and seek is no game to play
With middle class voters still clawing their way

Back from the failed policies of Bush Number 2

That left the economy of '08 a rancid stew.

"He's had four years and his policies haven't worked,"

Claimed Cantor and Gingrich and Boehner the Jerk.

Hoping upon hope if they said it was so

The voting public would forget the party of "no"

So off to the polls went John and Jane Public

In between looking for jobs and food for the stomach.

Because things are not fine but they're definitely improving,

With much more to do to get the economy moving.

Believing in change, if slower than desired

Is a certainly preferable to being stuck in the mire

Of endless wars and tax cuts for the rich,
Watching the American Dream stuck in a ditch. 

So "yes we can" re-elect Obama and forge ahead
With hope for the country that's far from dead.

So to all you suffragists on the left and right
"Happy Election Eve to all, and to all a goodnight!" 

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