Paper Dolls and Politics

My six-year-old daughter is in the next room, playing with her hand-made paper dolls. 

A few minutes ago, I heard her tones get a little deeper, and as I listened, I heard, “I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.” 

Then I heard the rustle of another paper doll, and my daughter said, again in a deep voice, “Well, I’m John McCain, and here’s why you should vote for me.”

As near as I could figure it, the political differences between the Obama and McCain platforms hinge on birthday parties, the alphabet, the answer to five plus zero, and the dubious value of cooked carrots.