We’re all happy to see the campaign wind down, even though it has had some memorable moments. Here are the election scandals, overused political term, and election ads that have made their marks on us over the years.
Brian Citino, staff writer
Scandal: The 2000 election that George W. Bush won ... wait, did he? Well, he became president anyway.
Overused term: At this point of the year, aren’t they all a little overused?
Ad: “I’m not a witch”...really? Like, really!? My Canadian citizenship application is in the mail.
Doug Denison, staff writer
Scandal: The XYZ Affair
Overused term: Job creation
Ad: H. Ross Perot’s blocks of paid programming on network TV, pie charts and all
Jayne Gest, staff writer
Scandal: Going ... going ... sold on former Gov. of Illinois Rod Blagojevich’s “auction” of Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat
Overused term: It’s a toss up between “Obamacare” and “teabaggers,” depending on whether I’m around conservatives or liberals
Ad: When President George H.W. Bush was up for re-election, and we were bombarded with “Read my lips” ads that blasted him for raising taxes. I saw that coming a million miles away.
Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
Scandal: The 2000 election was a scandal in itself.
Overused term: Flip flop. That term should be relegated to footwear and gymnastics.
Ad: Christine O’Donnell’s and Chris Coons’ ads regarding everything from The Taxman to witchcraft to mice with human brains.
Editor Maureen Raitz is out on maternity leave, so we have some free space on the list. Have a list you’d like us to tackle? Send us a list topic and your answers and we might just run it. Send it to Sarika Jagtiani at firstname.lastname@example.org.