Oh, how I wish this column was capable of special effects. If it was, the newspaper or computer screen you're reading this on would suddenly morph into a Howler, one of those bright red envelopes in the Harry Potter books that, when opened, begin to shout at the recipient in the sender's voice. In this case, my Greek-accented cry would fill the air:

WAKE UP! WAKE UP!! WAKE UP!!!

The reason for my distress is simple: I've just seen another round of polls showing that, by a hefty 23-point spread, voters think George W. Bush will make the country safer and more secure than John Kerry. Karl Rove's VBD (Vote for Bush or Die) strategy is clearly working.

AlterNet: Election 2004: A Hogwarts Howler For The American Voter


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