24 January, 2021

Capitol Soap

A take on Clinton's campaign

Capitol Soap
GOVERNOR Jack Stanton has a problem. He doesn't have much of a shot at the Democratic Party's ticket for presidency if he can't talk national debt to the folks who vote, to media and in those tightrope one-to-ones on television where a wrong word or accusation can decimate political ambitions. Not, that is, if the people think he is an airhead. That he went to bed with hairdresser Cashmere McLeod and carries these 'portable shitstorms' around on his campaign rounds.

For his election staff, narrator Henry Burton and others, deflecting the flak from showing on opinion polls is something they can't be very good at if they don't know what more is going to fall out from Stanton's closet. The hard-boiled professionals orchestrating Stanton's shot at high office and glory don't quite like flying blind.

They can't also prevent the elections from being all about trash and smut instead of the future and the grandchildren and their parents and all the other 'You Are My Sunshine' poetry that politicians have to come out with to connect with the locofocos...



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