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3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? It's way too early to tell, and anyone who says otherwise needs a Valium. Ask me again in 2020.
4. What will you miss about the Bush administration? Remember back in April 2001, when the neocons and other hotheads were ready to go to war with China over a downed American spy plane? Remember how Bush handled the incident diplomatically instead? I'll miss that. Hell, I've been missing it for years already.
5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded? Woodrow Wilson, for about a thousand reasons, but above all for the police state he installed during World War I.
Jesse Walker is managing editor of reason.
1. Who are you voting for in November? I’ve got the luxury of a guilt-free, zero-impact vote in the District of Columbia, which I would cast for Bob Barr if he was on the ballot. Since he’s not, I’m voting for Barack Obama, the only remaining candidate whom I trust not to run the country (further) into the ground with stupid and erratic decisions, and who (miraculously for a Democrat) has run a less brain-dead, faux-populist campaign than the Republican.
2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? Last time, it was that guy from Massachusetts who hated the troops and lied about his Vietnam service in a French accent. In 2000 I not only voted for Ralph Nader but served as an electoral college elector for him in the state of Delaware. I regret the Nader vote, but not the Kerry vote, as a weak Democratic president with a conservative congress would have been pretty tolerable in retrospect.
3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? Clearly the most important was 1988, when Americans rejected Mike Dukakis and spared themselves from a tax hike, a liberal Supreme Court justice, a pointless intervention in Central America, and a bungled handling of Soviet dissolution. But this is a close second, because I really don’t think McCain has the temperment to be president or the interest in standing up to a Democratic Congress, his only theoretical advantage over Obama.
4. What will you miss about the Bush administration? The withering of the Cult of the Presidency. It’s going to come back in force under President Obama, as I’m reminded whenever I walk down my street and see T-shirts with Our Leader’s gorgeous face on them.
5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded? Lyndon Baines Johnson. While his children watch.
David Weigel is an associate editor of reason.
1. Who are you voting for in November? I live in the District of Columbia, which will probably go 90 percent to Barack Obama, so I will probably throw a bone to the third-party candidate whose program most resembles my own: Bob Barr.
2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? John Kerry and Ralph Nader! I've had a bad decade....
3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? I think the most important U.S. election of my lifetime was in 1972, when Americans picked the wrong guy (not that there was a right one, mind you).