But today, let's just get down to it. Spread your fingers, palm extended like those flashing "Don't Walk" traffic signals, and like the ancient Hellenes, point it in the general direction of the nominees and say Nah!
Can't you hear the Nah! coming for you, John Heidelmeier?
Heidelmeier, of Villa Park, is the former police chief of that suburban Chicago town. These days he's running for village president there. And recently, he made some amazing news.
Naked photos of — just what shall we call it in a family newspaper? — his "special purpose" surfaced on the Internet. It was all under this phrase: "Your Most Diverse Phone Sex Experience … Because Anything Goes."
Just try slapping that on a bumper sticker.
Heidelmeier released a statement, acknowledging that yes, his special purpose was involved, but it wasn't illegal and that wouldn't make him quit.
"I will stay steadfast in the race," he said, and then urged voters to "take a careful look at the real issues."
But I don't want to. Nobody wants to. Stop it, Heidelmeier. Take five. Nah!
Other nominees include members of the Obama administration for shrieking that the sky would fall if small budget cuts were forced upon them. Remember? The poultry wouldn't get inspected and we'd die. The planes wouldn't fly, the White House tours for students would be canceled, and on and on.
Yes, the White House canceled the tours. But don't despair. The federal government hasn't forgotten how to waste our cash.
Vice President "Shotgun" Joe Biden keeps taking vacations and running up ridiculous hotel and limo bills and smiling like the crazy uncle who just escaped from the basement.
And the feds still find enough money for wacky science projects, like that $227,000 grant to study animal photos in National Geographic — presumably including the baboons with red behinds — and the other one costing $800,000 for the study of snail sexual habits.
Sexy snails? I don't care for hormonally aroused snails. I'd rather have them calm, with garlic and butter.
Meanwhile, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan must be thrilled watching the media acknowledge her as the next governor, because, well, she's so Lisa.
Though the inevitability of Princess Lisa grew in March, other political news sprouted as well. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission accused the state of Illinois of massive fraud of investors, stating that Illinois claimed to have properly funded pension systems when it did not.
The state government is the one Lisa's daddy, House Speaker Mike Madigan, has been running for three decades now.
"Time after time, Illinois failed to inform its bond investors about the risk to its financial condition posed by the structural underfunding of its pension system," said George S. Canellos, acting director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement.