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AC360 Associate Producer
I have a rule: I do not talk to anyone wearing a muumuu who is not my great-grandmother. So, you there – the guy on Seventh Avenue holding the clipboard, humming the theme song to the A-Team, eating the banana that looks like it was grown on Three Mile Island and wearing eyeglasses that look like they belonged to Larry King circa 1987 – kindly step to the side and find someone else to sign your petition to ban Koala bear go-cart racing. Because I’m pretty sure you never sent me ten dollars enclosed in a Garfield birthday card.
That’s the thing about New York. Every street you walk down someone wants “just a minute of your time.” Sorry, I’d love to help but I’m late to have an anvil dropped on my head.
Do you have these people with clipboards out in the real world? I didn’t think so. But you do have raccoons and they scare me just as much.
Meanwhile, it was only a matter of time. It’s not just Joe the Plumber anymore. In her interview on CNN yesterday Sarah Palin brought up Chuck the Teacher and Molly the Dental Hygienist. Somewhere out there, Pat the Pickpocket and Lenny the Loan Shark are feeling very left out.
I mentioned my great-grandmother earlier. Well, were she alive today she would no doubt be among the first in line at the polls come Election Day. She took great pride in her right to vote, though I’m not sure she ever fully understood the concept. She’d always try to vote for both candidates because she didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Last night we heard the news that the Republican National Committee has spent some $150,000 on clothes for Sarah Palin and her family. A Palin spokeswoman is downplaying the extravagance, saying the plan all along was to give the clothes to charity after the election. And by “all along” she means “since last night.”
More polls are out today. Personally, I don’t know a single person who has ever been called by a pollster. I certainly have not. The closest I came was a woman who – despite my attempts to explain to her that she had dialed the wrong number – insisted my name was Doris.
Finally, ask and ye shall receive. The campaign by many of you in the comments section to get me to appear on-screen has been a success. I’ll be on Erica Hill’s webcast – one night only, just to confirm that I do not belong in front of a camera – sometime next week.
And you didn’t even have to stand outside with a clipboard to make it happen.
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