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2 dumb Slate staffers split with wiser colleagues on Obama vote

October 29, 2008 |  2:34 am

One writer has broken ranks with Slate's slate of writers and intends to vote for John McCain! The Republican senator from Arizona.

The lovely family of Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama cuddling together on the couch and laughing warmly during a joyous moment of family unity as a campaign photographer happened by

No, really. We're serious here.

And one other Slate writer intends to vote for Bob Barr. The Libertarian former Republican representative from Georgia.

Not just because Bob has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But because the editor-at-large, Jack Shafer, explains he has chosen the Libertarian candidate ever since he started voting in 1972.

Jack admits that there have been "a long line of chowderheads" atop the Libertarian ticket. But he feels that party comes closest to his ideal of limited government, free markets and noninterventionist foreign policy.

The rebel Republican over at Slate is Rachael Larimore, the deputy managing editor and copy chief, who's a lifelong moderate GOP voter who admires McCain, is incapable of generating a ton of hate for that known Satan George W. Bush and hopes that a Democratic victory will help recharge the GOP in the long run for the benefit of our two-party system.

That leaves only 55 other Slate staffers who chose to annJohn McCain, the grumpy old Republican guy who married a beer heiress and wants to live in the White House now besides all his other housesounce their fealty to the Illinois fellow for a variety of reasons you can read for yourself here.

Editor David Plotz describes the political announcements as a sign of openness and because he, like his predecessors, says he does not believe that how writers write politically is affected by how writers think politically.

So rest assured the online vote at Slate has absolutely nothing to do with all this late-race, trumped-up, empty chatter over media bias in favor of the handsome, eloquent Democrat with the darling family running against the grumpy old pilot who can't use a BlackBerry or play tennis because his arms were allegedly broken so often and then shocked the media by picking as his running mate a Washington outsider, a non-Democrat female no less, who's so opposed to abortion she didn't get one herself.

That's just widespread biased hooey. Forget about it because we say to.

--Andrew Malcolm

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