Monday, August 20, 2012

Romney Wins Roach Race 2012

 The cockroach representing Republican candidate Mitt Romney won in the 16th Running of the Roaches Presidential Cockroach Derby hosted by the New Jersey Pest Management Association at Rutgers. Every four years, the organization picks two Madagascar hissing cockroaches to stand in for the Republican and Democratic nominees and races them on a three-foot-long track. To distinguish which roach is which and make this even more ridiculous, they each wear a tiny caricature of the candidate they represent taped to their backs.
What does this race have to do with November's election? Well, of the 16 elections they have represented in roach races, the outcome has correctly predicted the results 84% of the time. So apparently cockroaches are political prognosticators like the groundhogs are for weather?
The punch-line comparisons between cockroaches and politicians seem endless. Leonard Douglen, association executive director of the NJPMA, even said that there were parallels between these pests and their politicians. When the roaches were loaded onto the track, the Obama roach leaned to the left. An onlooker to the race also commented that during the event, the Romney roach was "flip-flopping" as he attempted to climb back onto the track and head in the other direction.
You can watch the race and hear the droll pest/politician slams here:
So we'll see come November if these creepy, crawly critters correctly predicted a new pest in the White House. But Obama, I wouldn't let this race bug you out.

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