Torturous Elections Are Over

By Dickson, Terry | The Florida Times Union, December 3, 2008 | Go to article overview

Torturous Elections Are Over


Dickson, Terry, The Florida Times Union


Byline: TERRY DICKSON

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Thank God that's over.

We in Georgia have been under election siege since the July primaries. The last contests were decided in a runoff Tuesday between U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, and Democrat Jim Martin.

When Vonette got home Monday, there were seven messages on the answering machine, all of them political robo calls. And why do they call them answering machines? Try asking one a question sometime.

We feel slighted though. Carol Roberts got a call from Pat Boone.

"He said, 'This is Pat Boone. Yes, the real Pat Boone,' " she said.

Mike Reagan called us along with some other folks. Vonette erased them all but the one from Gov. Sonny Perdue, who was apologetic.

"I know you're getting a lot of calls as we approach election day and I hate to bother you again,'' Perdue said.

He overcame his reluctance and talked to us anyway.

"A lot of people have asked me about the PSC race,'' said Perdue.

I didn't ask, but he went on to endorse Bubba McDonald. Imagine that. A guy named Sonny endorsing a Bubba.

We sat down to supper and Sarah Palin called. I hung up halfway through her spiel. She didn't call back.

The worst thing, though, was at church Sunday. Some folks went through the parking lot and put political fliers on every windshield - in the rain.

They didn't bother to ask. They just did it. Our elders don't allow politicking on the church grounds, so it fell to three of us to slog through the parking car-after-car and pull soggy fliers from beneath hundreds of windshield wipers. It was raining hard and I came away soaked with a less-than-Christian attitude toward this particular group. …

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