So will it be an August poll or a last ditch September circling of the wagons for the LDP? Will it be Aso rallying the Forces of Evil or some other joker? These are the questions that are vexing the J-pol-blogorama's brightest and best. Our Man is neither. All he can do is look out the window, practise his typing, and cover the gaps in his knowledge with the odd T-shirt and retro rock soundtrack. Besides, he can't see much now since it's after midnight Abiko Mean Time, so allow him to showcase more of his ignorance:
August is hot in Japan. Real sweat-fest hot. Who in their right mind would want to vote then? Plus the first week of August is the Bon festival, when everyone takes a week off and goes back to the rice paddies of home to visit the in-laws. If you called an election then, none of the city folks would be home. Gosh, then you'd only get the small-town wrinklies voting.
Ooooh. Now Our Man gets it. Why, small-town wrinklies are the LDP's meal ticket. But even the party faithful think Aso's a plonker.
Hey how about this - keep whipping boy Aso around for the drubbing the party will get in the Tokyo local elections next month - dump him when the LDP is slaughtered in the polls then bring in some new smiling bumbling idiot and hey presto -
low turnout + new face = LDP by a nose.
The LDP wouldn't be so cynical, would they readers?
Pic lifted from here.