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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon - Batgirl

Today is ELECTION DAY for TOT readers in the United States as they vote on local and state issues and also for candidates seeking office, including the Presidency of the United States. Check back with me in about a month and I may even be able to tell you who won that one...and if he'll actually get to take office.

Fortunately, TONY POLLS voters don't have to wait. Last week, you were asked to choose the President of the United States from a list of nineteen comics candidates.

Here's are the results of that election:

BARBARA GORDON.....21.94%
Reed Richards.....10.20%
Charles Xavier.....9.69%
Jefferson Pierce.....9.69%
Bruce Wayne.....9.18%
Concrete.....5.61%
Jennifer Walters.....4.59%
Scrooge McDuck.....4.08%
Tony Stark.....4.08%
Daddy Warbucks.....3.06%
J. Jonah Jameson.....2.55%
Ned Flanders.....2.55%
Emma Frost.....2.04%
Mike Doonesbury.....2.04%
Hiram Lodge.....0.51%
Mickey Mouse.....0.51%
"Thunderbolt" Ross.....0.51%
Mary Worth.....0%
Rex Morgan.....0%
Other.....7.14%

I think Barbara Gordon is a wonderful choice for President of the United States. However, despite the damage done to him by some clueless DC Comics editors and writers, I had to cast my vote for my favorite son among the candidates: JEFFERSON PIERCE.

Although over a dozen fans voted "other," only a few e-mailed me with their choices. In addition to those notes, I also received a few other notes on this election of ours.

From SCOTT P.:

Other: Ra's Al Ghul. We need somebody who is strong on the environment.

From GARY DeMOTTE:

I would vote for Steve Rogers for president over any of the characters listed in the poll.

From DAVE VAN DOMELEN:

The super-genius types aren't really good choices, because they tend to see the world too much as it is, and not enough as people want it to be. If that makes sense. And, while Tony Stark spent an eye-blink in the cabinet, I'd rather not think about the White House repair bills if he gets elected.

My vote goes to J. Jonah Jameson. A canny reader of public opinion, he would stand a decent chance of getting into and holding office. Sure, he's had his dark moments with the Spider-Slayers, but if Lex Luthor can get past his peccadillos, I'm sure Jonah can as well.

From TOM ZAENGER:

I looked at your latest TonyPolls question about which comic book character I'd want to be president. I'm going with a write-in candidate -- Jonathan Kent. He has the qualities I'd want in a national leader -- the same qualities he instilled in the world's greatest hero. Unlike Kal-El, Pa Kent has the advantage of being a native American and eligible for the presidency. He'd be older than most candidates, but that didn't hold back Ronald Reagan. Kent is fair, honest, just, courageous, compassionate, interested in helping people of all backgrounds and economic levels, believes in doing good despite personal cost and sacrifice, reflects all the ideals Americans consider wholesome, has a global perspective, is true to his wife and family, and has the kind of down-home common sense which has long been associated with Abraham Lincoln. I can't think of another comic book character who'd be so clearly admirable and well-suited to furthering this country's greatness.

He raised the world's greatest super-hero. He could surely lead the world's greatest superpower.

From TOM BLEVINS:

I vote for Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America. He's a loyal American, smart, compassionate, and tough as nails when he needs to be. When I think about it, he kinda reminds me of John Kerry.

From ANDY HOLCOMBE:

I vote for Doom. He knows what's best for us. Plus, in the 2099 line of Marvel comics books, he's already served as President dictator.

Seriously, as cliched as it might sound, I vote for the Steve Rogers Captain America. Even if I should happen to disagree with him on an issue, I know that he's willing to make the hard choices and will do what he believes is best for all of the US.

Not including Steve Rogers among the choices was the hardest call for me to make. I tried to consider how each candidate would feel about running for President and what they might bring to the process. When it came to Steve, when it came to Captain America, I decided that he best represents the American Dream...and not the America of the moment.

Hence, his absence from the list of choices.

Thanks for casting your votes and having some fun during this most contentious of election seasons. I'm taking a break from the TONY POLLS this week, but they will return on Monday.

See you tomorrow.

Tony Isabella

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