The Scratch-Off Candidacy

Listening to Mitt Romney’s interview with CBS and reflecting on his campaign, it becomes all to clear that his mantra is “trust me” and that he promises, if you buy a pig in a poke, all your porcine dreams will come true. But that’s really an analogy from another time and another place.

What he’s REALLY saying is that he’s a lottery scratch-off.

You know (if you’re of a certain mind-set) that you’ve got a chance at getting what you want with Romney, but he won’t tell you if you actually will. Buy me! the Romney lottery ticket calls. And THEN you’ll find out.

And then scratch off the plastic goop over the numbers and see if you’ve won.

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Your odds of winning are quite high — except that in the fine print and if you know anything about math or statistics, you’d realize it’s a sucker’s bet.

But there are a lot of people who buy scratch-offs anyway.

Good luck with that.



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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