Rugrats for Kerry

Published October 29, 2004 11:10PM (EDT)

James Wolcott is calling the election: Kerry 55, Bush 45. How did he arrive at this precise outcome? He cribbed from the Nickleodeon kids poll -- which, compiling responses from some 400,000 rugrats, gave the election to Kerry by an even wider margin -- 57 to 43. Wolcott is no dummy. The Nickleodeon survey has correctly predicted the last four presidential elections. But why is Wolcott making it a closer race than the Sponge Bob Squarepants fan base sees it? "Since kids are naturally exuberant, until it's beaten out of them by the System, I shaved off two points from Kerry, gave those two to Bush."

By David Talbot

David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of New York Times bestsellers like "Brothers," "The Devil's Chessboard," and "Season of the Witch." His most recent book is "Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke."

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