The GUARDIAN has come up with a solution for the pitiful turnout in the recent lackluster City Elections–get a bunch of monkeys to run.
Zoo Boise had just one such candidate in a recent election–a little female gibbon–and she garnered nearly twice as many votes as any of the candidates in the other city election (the one for mayor and council) with 53,000 ballots cast in her favor.
The Daily Paper proclaimed on the front page Sunday, “It’s official: Zoo Boise’s baby gibbon is Li Bao.” The Daily and Zoo Boise sponsored a vote to name the critter which–like many politicos–was rejected by its momma. The Boise vote didn’t have as much prominence in the Daily Paper if it even made front page after the election.
Li Bao is certainly more popular than any of the politicos at City Hall. We can all take heart that Li Bao could be around for as long as 40 years. Politicos are elected to four year terms–it just seems like 40.
Keeping with the trend of out sourcing to China, Li Bao is a Chinese name meaning “beautiful princess.” That title would probably ring hollow in other political circles with the exception perhaps of the U.S.Capitol.
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