Pretend this is high school, and you’ve got one of those standardized tests in front of you.
There is a short excerpt below. Read it thoroughly and answer the question following (which is, in this case, a poll):
I’m a big fan of moral parity, the balancing of the ying-yang, karma. When the Pubbies have power (as recently demonstrated), they behave with sublime indifference to any such civic considerations, they grasp for power by means legitimate, illegitimate, and downright illegal.
Balance. If the Dems run totally roughshod over the Pubbies, ride 'em and spank 'em for a couple of years, three maybe, then the balance may be restored.
The Pubbies bluffed, and got called. They refused any accomodation to the facts, and dared the Dems to commit a sordid and partisan act. The Dems called, they rake in the pot and now the Pubbies play the only card they got: they blubber the tears crockidilian of the dreadful display of corruption and immorality, the little drops splashing on their freshly-starched communion dress.
C’mon. Who’s kidding who, here?
The point of such legal formalities is to protect the will of the people, no? Does anyone seriously doubt that the will of the people of Massachussets is to have a Dem take Kennedy’s seat?
If an action be perfectly legal and thwarts the will of the people, it is not legitimate. By the same token, if an action manifests that will, it carries a legitimacy. The Pubbies could have avoided this outcome by shrugging and accepting the inevitable, maybe pick up a small bargaining chip, maybe win Miss Congeniality, something like that.
But they made a fight out of it hoping for just this result, perhaps in their mind this balances out trying to corrupt the Justice Dept, I dunno. But now they get to piss and moan, bitch and perform about this travesty yadda-blah, yadda-blah…
Feh! as they say in Lubbock.
The author of this set of paragraphs is conveying, in this writing:
( ) More negative reactions to “Dems” instead of “Pubbies”
( ) More negative reactions to “Pubbies” instead of “Dems”
( ) Roughly equal reaction to “Pubbies” and to “Dems”
( ) It cannot be determined what the author intends
( ) Some other answer; explain below
Remember to use a #2 pencil and fill in the oval completely (and to answer the poll!).