Sunday, September 19, 2004

Major arcana, no. 15

The correspondence keeps rolling in regarding your blogstress's prediction of a Republican win in the presidential contest. Karen, Executrix from Jersey, sent us this Wall Street Journal piece on the ostensibly tightening race, as seen by the Harris poll people.

The Harris poll, conducted by telephone Sept. 9-13, shows Sen. Kerry leading Mr. Bush 48% to 47% among likely voters nationwide. The poll also found that a slender 51% to 45% majority doesn't believe that Mr. Bush deserves to be re-elected.

Another reader points us to this Pew poll:

Sept 16 - Pew: Bush 47 percent, Kerry 46, Nader 1 (likely voters). Margin of error 4 percentage points.

Your cybertrix does indeed hope they're right, but she has ceased to believe the polls, since to do so would require a level of gymnastics in the mental and psychological departments of which she is capable only in the realm of good lovin'. Why? Because it is impossible to simultaneously accept the results of the Harris poll, which shows a dead heat, and the Gallup poll on which USA Today reports, which shows a double-digit lead for the president.

President Bush has surged to a 13-point lead over Sen. John Kerry among likely voters, a new Gallup Poll shows. The 55%-42% match-up is the first statistically significant edge either candidate has held this year.

So your blogstress prefers to go with her gut and the tarot cards, which come up with El Diablo (major arcana, no. 15) in the final spot.

Note that in the tarot deck, "The Devil" stands for something more than simple evil. He represents the seeds of chaos sown through the use of coagulation: melding together existing material in ways that achieve his malevolent ends. Among the attributes awarded this card by the infamous Aleister Crowley are these: "Irresistibly strong and unscrupulous person...Secret plan about to be executed." (How 'bout them disappearin' votin' machines, huh?)

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