AMERICAS FIRST WARTIME ELECTION
By Dwayne Yancey
Copyright 2004; all rights reserved.
(Two Democratic Party campaign workers discuss the presidential campaign. What the audience doesnt know is the one theyre talking about is 1864 Lincoln vs. McClellan.)
ONE: The man is a buffoon. I dont know how he got elected in the first place.
TWO: Doesnt matter. Hes president now. Deal with it.
ONE: Damn third party candidates. The Democrats should have won could have won.
TWO: Well, we didnt. We just need to make sure we win this election.
ONE: I dont know what people see in him. Do you?
TWO: Hes plainspoken. People feel hes one of them.
ONE: Hes an idiot.
TWO: Im just telling you what the polls show.
THREE: All right, people, listen up. We need a campaign plan from here through Election Day. Whaddya got?
TWO: Weve gone over all the polls. Weve identified a list of the key swing states -- the usual places. Ohio, Pennsylvania. Theres also some strong antiwar sentiment out in the Upper Midwest -- Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, those ought to be Democratic states.
ONE: Hes gonna play up that whole wartime president thing from now until November. It just makes me sick.
THREE: We can neutralize him on the war issue, trust me.
ONE: How? Hes going to wrap himself in the flag between now and November everytime we turn around.
TWO: The polls do show Democrats have problem on security issues. The Republicans are seen as the party of strength, the Democrats are seen as soft.
THREE: Granted, thats a problem, I wont dispute that.
TWO: you know what a wimp that last Democratic president was.
THREE: Thats why we should be glad we nominated the candidate we did. Every time the Republicans talk about their guy being a wartime president, all we have to do is point out our mans military record. Do you know what the presidents actual military service record is? its like this its nothing. Nada. Zip. Our mans got a chest full of medals. If the Republicans want to talk about war, well talk about war, all right.
TWO: Weve got to be careful, though. This election is going to be at the mercy of events more than anytime in history of the republic. We dont know how the publics going to react if theres another attack on Washington.
ONE: Or the fields of Pennylvania.
TWO: Or the fields of Pennsylavania.
THREE: There are other issues besides the war. The economys going to hell
TWO: And civil liberties. This administration has trampled on civil liberties worse than any other administration in the history of the republic.
ONE: Youre wrong. Theres only one issue here. The wars the issue.. And you know what makes me so mad? This whole war was avoidable. It could have been handled diplomatically.
TWO: This administration doesnt believe in diplomacy. Theyre hard-liners, every one of them.
ONE: And thats what we should run on. The countrys fed up. Every day brings more casulaties, it seems. And for what?
TWO: Liberation. Thats the term theyll use. Theyll talk about how theyve liberated people from tyranny. We need to figure out a way to counter that.
ONE: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Liberations a good thing, I guess. Except theres no end in sight to this. How are we going to get out of this mess? Were talking years of occupation. Years.
TWO: Not to mention the cost of reconstruction. Were talking millions there.
THREE: OK, people, back on point. Swing states. What we got? Lets do the big ones first. Pennsylvania?
TWO: Pennsylvania: Leaning to Lincoln.
ONE: Thats gonna be a tough one to crack.
THREE: New Jersey?
TWO: New Jersey? Leaning McClellan.
THREE: OK. Thats good. We can work with that. Lets see, Illinois. We know how Illinois will go. How about Ohio?
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