Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

12 Dec 2000, 18:26 p.m.

His Fraudulency George the Second

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2000 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I recently saw (at a preview screening) "13 Days," a new movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis. And it certainly reminded us (at the best point to remind us) that sometimes the most important thing about a president is the advisers he chooses. And ye gods, it looks like (barring any Electoral College hanky-panky) His Fraudulency George the Second will be a puppet of some wacky-ass advisors, so let's hope China doesn't decide to play "Cuban Missiles II" in the next few years.

So this is the end of the beginning for our long national nightmare. Yes, I fear that it's just starting. I won't move for the next few years, I think, since I still have some work to do here in Berkeley. "Is Canada hiring?" But I've lived my whole life in the US, it's my home, my country, it makes me sick at heart to think it might go down the drain. My only hope is that some political scientists are right, and the actual man in the White House doesn't matter all that much.

And yes, I'm borrowing the phrase 'His Fraudulency' from the 1876 Hayes-Tilden election. Quite suitable now, don't you think? I sense its use might become a trend...

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