Now we get the gloves-off part of the presidential campaign -- what
Philadelphia psychologist Pam Ladds characterizes as "a race between
a Liar and a Moron" -- the part where Gush and Bore actually manage
to insult each other, from afar. The part where the Gore camp circulates
the potentially crippling canard, "A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush."
The part where the Bush camp actually takes ads out urging undecided
voters to vote Nader rather than Gore! The part when national
vote-swapping websites spring up, pairing anti-Bush voters in different
states to trade a Nader vote for a Gore vote where there's a critical
need in strongly pro-Bush states, so each vote will "count" the most.
The part where Gore's camp urges Nader to withdraw. The part where
Nader's camp charitably suggests Gore should withdraw. The part where
Gloria Sternum attacks Nader for being insensitive to "gonadal politics"
and the excesses of "the patriarchy." Meanwhile,
Ralph Nader and the Green Party emerge as America's best hope to achieve a government serving people not corporations.
Like the T-shirt says, "Bush And Gore Make Me Wanna Ralph!"
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Saturday afternoon, I attend a Nader rally at a Philadelphia church. Go early, Internet buddies from other cities advise me; Ralph Nader's speeches are SRO affairs, drawing crowds of 8,000-10,000. Nah, I said, Philly's different; they only turn out in those numbers for sports events. (After all, we're the city whose mayor lets the teachers go on strike in a beleaguered school system with more than a $200 million deficit while he's pimping public funds to bankroll a billion-dollar ballpark.) The crowd's youngish, evenly divided between male and female. The place's crawling with media, from Gannett to Norwegian TV, tripping over each other. Feelings running high. Waiting outside, before the doors open, a sidewalk fistfight nearly erupts between a granola-head and a yuppie who get so incensed they wad up competing pieces of campaign literature, angrily toss them on the ground, then chide each other for not recycling.
Well, folks, the 51 percent of our fella Americans who didn't vote in the last presidential election can't be all wrong, and I am sorely tempted to join them, until I contact St. Louis astrologeuse Sally Cragins, for her unique perspective on Politics 2000.
Sally, I'm wondering who's who astrologically? Gore, Bush, Nader. Their signs? How their personalities manifest via their astrology? Perhaps you can give us a thumbnail astro-sketch of the candidates, and whom the stars predict might win:
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- Gore is an Aries, married to a Leo. Bush is a Cancer. His dad is a Gemini. Ralph's a very early Pisces (Feb. 27).
Al got along so well with Bill C. is his natural affinity for Leos -- brash, impetuous, love-me-do types make him feel part of the "team." However, Al's leadership qualities far outstrip his fellow cardinal sign (that's an astrological mode, not a baseball team), George Bush.
Al, as an Aries is used to leading, looks younger than he is, will ALWAYS be accused of taking extra-credit because Aries AREN'T shrinking violets in any way. The first sign of the zodiac, Aries is ruled by Mars, and taking action is what they're about. As long as they have followers they're both effective and fulfilled. The classic archetype of the Aries is the will-o-the-wisp, someone who starts lots of projects and finishes none. We KNOW that's not the case with Al, who's shown persistence, integrity and imagination in just about everything he's done in public affairs. His difficulties with accepting campaign contributions undoubtedly stemmed from the "please everyone" aspect of being a fire sign.
George, yeesh. He's a Cancer, which is ruled by the moon. Male Cancers are passive-aggressive BIG TIME. Not to do gender stereotyping, but western civilization makes a LOT more space for females to encompass Cancer's natural characteristics -- nurturing, loyalty, defensiveness. We know George has plenty of Nos. 2 and 3. And if you read about his life at some of America's FINEST SCHOOLS he was relentlessly defiant in expecting perks and bragging (as much as he could), about Poppy and Herbert Walker. Picking Dick Cheney showed SO MUCH Dad-loyalty it boggles the mind. All the water signs have a "go with the flow" aspect, and George's relentless inarticulateness, which virtually amounts to a cognitive impairment, could also be seen as water-sign tractability. He's trying to figure out what we want to hear.
Ralph as a Pisces is REALLY fascinating. He shares his birthday (not year) with Elizabeth Taylor. His whole life has been a drama of idealism crossed with a natural combativeness and asceticism. If you know any Pisces, they need a "cause" outside themselves. Twelfth sign of the zodiac, Pisces is ruled by Neptune and generally characterized as the last stop on the karmic railroad. Pisces people carry some heavy past lives around. Ralph's moral probity, and quiet acquisition of wealth, runs counter his life as a gadfly. But the fact he exerts an undeniable charisma is also very Piscean. If elected he'd become totally power-mad, and then drenched with guilt.
Who do I think will win? I just took an hour out of my day so I could absentee vote STRICTLY for Al. I can't believe the polls that show Bush has ANY points whatsoever, but his current success only suggests that something in his grumbling, mumbling, polemical, whiney, incompetent self appeals to the electorate. Perhaps they see themselves in him in a way that they can't in Gore, so unabashedly smart and professional. People conveniently forget Bush got incredible advantages. He inherited the name of a political dynasty, and MORE IMPORTANTLY a Rolodex full of Dad's friends' numbers -- yet SCREWED UP constantly. He had people bailing him out from the special tutoring he received at Andover right through his "National Guard deferment." Also, he was a bit of a bully at Andover, and terrorized the kids who chose to study in the library rather than attend the big football game. Did you know his sport in prep school was cheerleading? That says it all.
Election Day is interesting; it's the last day of a three-week Mercury retrograde. This means confusion in a way we haven't seen since the '60s in terms of getting returns. I suspect. Mars transiting Libra makes nice tense angles to both major party candidates. Venus is smiling at Al, while Jupiter says Hiya to both equally. Bill Clinton had appalling astrology when he won in 92, so who knows. Ralph will do better than expected -- Mars is making a great angle with his natal Jupiter.
Sally Cragin's daily audio astro-casts can be found at
Audible.com -- just click on "Free Samples" and then "Horoscopes." Check out her weekly written forecasts at the
Boston Phoenix. To set up a personalized phone-forecast "for a mere $45 until 2001," please click
And, oh, Sally, SALLY? Before you go, astrologically speaking, who do you think will win? "Al Gore, but it'll be a squeaker. The planets favor both of them, and there's a chance Bush will make a major gaffe the week before the election. Although people don't seem to care, which makes me nuts!"