[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/24/art.sammy.jpg caption="Sammy Gray, inebriated tour guide"]
AC360 Associate Producer
Ah, democracy springs eternal. We’re already seeing it with early voting, for which Americans are turning out in record numbers. I walked by a long line the other day in midtown Manhattan and thought I might as well try to get a fresh story for AC360. But I got some strange looks from people – a few even ran away – when I asked if they wanted to appear on CNN to discuss what they were going to do when they got inside the booth. It turns out it was a line to get into a peep show.
I was finishing up a shopping trip to Saks Fifth Avenue today with Sarah Palin, about to go meet Joe Biden for his botox consultation, when it hit me. No, I didn’t forget to polish Anderson’s Emmys. Trust me, one does not make that mistake twice. What hit me is that Halloween is just a week away and I still haven’t decided on my costume. I’ve narrowed it down to either Tony Danza or Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
Meanwhile, the tension continues to increase on the campaign trail. And now, the Republicans are pulling out the big guns: Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be campaigning with Sarah Palin this weekend in Florida. If that doesn’t silence the critics who say Palin isn’t ready to be Commander-in-Chief, I don’t know what will.
I actually have nothing against Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I think Americans should weigh her political views just as heavily as they do those of any former Survivor contestant.
Then there’s John McCain’s brother. He called 911 – no joke – to complain about having to sit in traffic. And he swore at the 911 operator. And then he called back to complain about being rebuked. Way to dispel the perception that John McCain is the choice of crazy old people everywhere.
And then there’s the Obama campaign, which is reportedly holding another big money fundraiser in Silicon Valley this weekend. Because, you know, $605 million isn’t enough.
Maybe the Obama camp could spare some cash to buy John McCain’s brother some “Murder, She Wrote” DVDs so he’ll stay home and stop calling 911.
And, of course, it’s shaping up to be another bad day on Wall Street. Maybe it’s another stock market crash. Or maybe investors just need some extra money for peep shows.
Either way, you can’t argue the economic crisis isn’t hitting home. At least I can’t. My dog Sammy had to get a job to help me pay the bills. She’s a tour guide on one of those double-decker sightseeing buses. At least she was until she got caught drinking Pinot Grigio out of a paper bag.
And now if you’ll excuse me. There’s a squirrel on my windowsill who is giving me the evil eye. I’m going to call 911.
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