You can't make this stuff up
Let's see, one candidate has a murky past: parents might not have even been married when he was conceived (He has stated to the effect that he is 'not clear' on that issue), his father disappears; yon son goes to a third world country and attends an Islamic religious school for a while, raised by a single (read=divorced or unwed) mother, she sends him off to live with his grandparents, name somehow changes to 'Barak' from 'Barry' somewhere along the line; somehow he becomes a state senator but nobody's heard of him for four years; suddenly he comes out of nowhere and is famous. Then they find a long-lost half-sister (in a burka). And he grew up, out of all the states available in the entire country, in HAWAII.
Other-side candidate runs three miles every other day for fun; owns a rifle (waddya think, she uses a slingshot?) 'cause she hunts moose, was called 'barracuda' when she played point-guard in basketball, was Catholic then turned Evangelical, eats mooseburgers (well, why else does she hunt moose?), has 5 kids one with Down Syndrome, one pregnant (hey that's just like me, daughter-in-law pregnant, grandson has Down Syndrome*--that's why I like her), becomes a city councilwoman, mayor, governor but nobody's heard of her for four years; suddenly comes out of nowhere and is famous. Her husband's an Eskimo and a snowmobile racer, for god's sake. And she grew up, out of all the states available in the entire country, in ALASKA.
You just can't make this stuff up. (well now, this calls for a little patriotic pride, don't ya think? Only in America...)
*By the way, my grandson's photo (with his two siblings) - yes, the one with Down Syndrome - is going to be up in lights on the big plasma screen on Broadway, New York City. His photo was chosen out of thousands of entries for the National Down Syndrome Awareness Society's video production, which shows that "people with Down Syndrome can be successfully included in community activities, education and employment."
If you are going to be in Manhattan on Sept. 28th, go to Times Square and look up! He is flanked by his two sisters, one on each side, and they are wearing blue "Buddy Walk" tee shirts.