Chatterbox challenged readers to submit palindromes about the post-election mayhem. He received many superb entries--even without the participation of Benjamin Zimmer, who placed first, third, and fourth in Chatterbox's earlier Super Tuesday palindrome contest. Here are the winners:
Tenth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Dubya won? No way, bud! (submitted, independently, by Stephen Roche, George Kopp, and Johnny Fitchen)
Ninth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Wonk! I won! Now I know! (Tom Tegtmeyer)
Note: This is a condensed version of a longer palindrome penned four years ago by Tegtmeyer and Paul Loomis. Click here and scroll to Item 69 to read the original.
Eighth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Say, bud: Is revote bet over? Si, Dubya's. (Scott Douglas)
Seventh-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Evil Halliburton yen, eh? Cheney no trub. "I'll, ah ..., live." (Frederick H. Alexander)
Sixth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Loss? Alas! S.O.L. (Justin Pittas-Giroux)
Fifth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Dog 'em? Still at. I, wonk, stiff (fits), know-it-all. It's me, God. (Stephen Roche)
Fourth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Miami-Dade illusory: T. DeLay's apes abase.
Pa's Yaled tyro, sullied a dim aim. (Matt Franklin)
Third-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
A name not set.
One man alive.
W.? Al? (Jonathan M. Siegel)
Second-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:
Fla.! Al: "F---!" (Justin Pittas-Giroux)
... and the best Indecision 2000 Palindrome is:
W.: "Gypp in sun? Na-nah!"
Cub Bush: "O! you fans! Egad!"--loser!--"Pa, Ma--I won!"--W.
Dubya men owe Nader.
"O, Gees. Draw." Al: "F---! I'm a ... I'm axed."
Dems: "I care!"
Jesse J.: "O, not I! Revote!"
Glad Yale duo: "You delay'd, Al. Get over it!"
"O, no," Jesse J.: "Eracism!"
Ed (D): "Ex a Miami, Fla., ward, see?"
Gore (D): "A new one may bud."
W: "Now I am a pres.!"
Old-age SNAFU? "Oy! Oh! Sub Buchanan?! Nu."
(Rot!) (Justin Pittas-Giroux)
Live war hero given no ID!"--Jeb (E.J. Dionne vigor, eh?) "Raw evil!" (Tom Tegtmeyer)
Diary: Me Rogue! I, Dad, as was. On top. Pot? No! Saw sad, adieu,
Gore! My raid. (Jonathan I. Lessner)
Emit, gong, Geo? No way, sue U.S., ya won! O eggnog time! (Frederick H. Alexander)
Harris, K., bush sub k-sirrah (Jeff Hagan)
Ya, Demos! Nod, nab a ballot, revote. Be "big time."
Snip & spin, Asa. W. on E!, Kat Harris on ten, Mary M ...
Elian's mom?!? 684, ur, wise (nut) pensioners.
Ay, bud. Dubya's Reno is Neptune.
Si, W., RU 486? ... moms nail @e-my-ram.net.
"NO-SIR-RAH! TAKE NO W.!"
Asa nips & pins. Emit gibe, bet over. Toll?
Ab--abandon. Someday. (Jennifer Leigh Hughes)
270? 1600? O, no: .0061072% ... (Justin Pittas-Giroux)
Was Al a TN pres.? Wha? No?
Nah--W = serp'nt.
Alas! Aw ... (Justin Pittas-Giroux)
'Won' apt? Si! To Penn Ave, do! (rode van); Nepotist Pa? Now! (Stephen Roche)
I maim Miami. (Tim Weiner)