The Right Coast

June 25, 2004
Bumper Crop
By Maimon Schwarzschild

I see quite a few Kerry bumper stickers driving around San Diego. I have yet to see any Bush-Cheney stickers. I don't know what it means, and I am aware that this might not exactly get a lot of credit for being scientific, poll-wise. Still, San Diego ought to be red territory if anyplace is. The Bush campaign is supposed to be a well organised juggernaut. But is it?

On the other hand, the latest fevered Gore speech and the ugly Michael Moore movie ought to be helpful to Bush.

Incidentally, I suppose the point has been made before, but for anyone with any background in British politics, the "red = Repubs" "blue = Dems" thing is just bizarre. British politics has been colour-coded for at least a century: blue = conservative (as in "true blue"; hence Mrs Thatcher's blue suits); red = socialist (obviously); yellow = Liberal (I think daffodils were Gladstone's favourite flower). Candidates in Britain campaign wearing big paper "rosettes" with their party colour. I mean, everyone knows these colours. It's perverse to reverse them. Next, somebody is going to suggest that Americans should drive on the right side of the road. (Or have light switches that go "up" for on and "down" for off, instead of the correct British way...)