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The Wreck of the Primary Campaign

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(A Republican Sea Chantey)

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Calvin Trillin
Calvin Trillin, the author of Random House's Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Election in Rhyme,...

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On a Nation cruise, the maritime adventure I usually refer to as “Lefties at Sea,” I used to take it for granted that some of the guests were troubled by my presence.

They boned up on the issues, like
Abortion and the flag.
Republicans were running hard,
Then they began to sag.
For Bush had gathered campaign funds
In staggering amounts.
Yes, Bush has got the money, lads,
And money's all that counts.

Yes, Bush has got the money, lads.
The others are in tatters.
The Shrub has got the do-re-mi,
And money's all that matters.

The lobbyists gave right away,
As business this was sound.
They think they see a winner, and
The floor they want is ground.
That's why the race is all but done.
That's why no tension mounts.
'Cause Bush has got the money, lads,
And money's all that counts.

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