Description: Kids on Political Campaigns
Got this from the March/April 1996 "Going Places" magazine (from AAA)...
Before I retired after teaching for 32 years, I collected the beguiling
observations of my students. With the Presidential election foremost on
everyone's mind, here are some meaningful quotes. To wit:
"One good value of election campaigns is they let us know what problems we
should be worrying about, and if we are not worrying, why we should be
"When they talk about the most promising Presidential candidate, they mean
the one who can think of the most things to promise."
"Thin-skinned is good in apples but bad in candidates."
"Minority parties are called third parties. There are about 30 third parties
"Political strategy is when you don't let people know you have run out of
ideas and keep talking anyway."
"The campaign manager must have a smart head up his sleeve."
"A split ticket is when you don't like any of them on the ticket so you tear
"It may work for other choosings, but 'eeny meeny miney moe' is not a good
way for President choosings."
"Being nominated means watch out unless you don't mind being elected."
"Also-ran means 'goof' in the language of politics."
"When the radio mentions a landslide, cross your fingers and hope it is
talking about an election."
"A dark horse is a candidate that the delegates don't know well enough to
"Splinter groups are things that get in bandwagons."
"Political ties are just to get elected and not to wear."
"The campaign is when the candidate tells what he stands for and the election
is when the voters tell if they can stand for him being elected."
-- from Harold Dunn, "The World According To Kids," published by Spectacle