I know better than to go drinking on Sundays, but it's just been one of those weeks, and I figured I'd grab a few beers, no big deal, and then head home and get some real work done.
Of course, the reason I don't drink on Sundays is because that's when Satan likes to go hang out at my favorite bar - and to be real honest with you, lately Satan's getting to be a real drag to hang out with once he gets drinking.
I mean, it's depressing: he's always talking about how he gets blamed for the economy, even though he claims he has no control over Wall Street, and atheism is a bit of a sore subject - and he's forever complaining about how all his best customers have been outsourcing more and more work to Varsavarti.
But if you think all that's a drag to have to deal with, you should hear him complain about Republican presidential politics.
They say that heaven is,
10 zillion light years away;
But if there is a God,
we need him now;
Where is your God?
That's what my friends ask me;
and I say it's takin' Him so long,
'cause we've got so far to come.
--From the song "Heaven is 10 Zillion Light Years Away", by Stevie Wonder
I had no idea what a Tardis was until recently, except that it's one of the things you have to hit a bunch of times to get to the really good multiballs in the "Doctor Who" pinball game, and it was Satan who told me all about this "Doctor Who" stuff over a few games in the back of the bar (and he would know: he tells me almost every BBC producer, one time or another, has availed themselves of the intercession of the Devil just to get another 12 episodes out of that network); in fact, the way I really got to know Satan was over a whole bunch of games of pinball.
He plays fair, by the way: he gives himself free replays by making the machine "match" his score at the end, but he doesn't manipulate the gameplay just to rack up results; because of that we have some pretty competitive games, especially after he has a beer or two and really loosens up.
But once he found out I'm a blogger... oh, man, it's Republicans this and Republicans that - and the thing that really has him upset with this crowd lately is that it's all sort of gone out of his control.
"There was a time," (it's always "there was a time" with Satan) "when a guy who was in favor of private businesses being allowed to be 'Whites Only' who also wanted to run for Senate, much less President, well, they wouldn't have a chance in Hell unless they made a deal with me - and now you got two of 'em in the same family who went and ran for Congress, and won, without me getting' a single soul out of the deal, and now Ron Paul's running for President, and it's just killin' me.
"And look who else you got over there: you can't do a deal with Trump, because he'll try to bankrupt his way out of any agreement you make, and Santorum actually believes he can win without a deal. Me and Dan Savage, though, we fixed him good: Google 'Santorum' sometime, and see what you get.
"I made a deal with Bachmann, but I did it when I thought she'd only make it to Congress so I'm gonna get short-changed on that one. I don't know if Pawlenty wants it bad enough to make a deal, and if he doesn't run I'll lose that soul. Romney hasn't done a deal yet, and I've told him three times already that he can't win without me.
"Gingrich was the one I was sure I would get eventually, but he has no shame, so he's running without my help even though I showed him how bad he looks to the rest of the world and he's been trying for years to undercut me by going to the Catholics to get his marriages annulled - and for cash, instead of a soul. The guy's just pathetic, he really is.
"I am negotiating with Daniels, though, so it's not all bad - and on that deal, I might even get a 'two-fer': him and the wife."
By now I'd been just nailing Daleks and I was in the middle of the three-ball multiball, and collecting Davros jackpots big-time, but even in the middle of all that I had the presence of mind to ask if Satan had any campaign tricks up his sleeve for this bunch?
"Tell me what you think about this: I'm working something up where Christine O'Donnell gets caught up in an affair with one of the candidates - but I can't figure out who makes a better scandal: linking her romantically to Newt Gingrich or to Michelle Bachmann?"
And I told him the truth: I was happy indeed that I hadn't been drinking a beer when he asked, because I would have done a "spit take" for sure.
But, honestly, I'm not sure who would make the better scandal, so I'm going to do what I promised Satan I would: I'm going to throw it open to you, the readers, and we'll see who y'all think would be the best person for Christine O'Donnell to be, shall we say, "seeing."
Anyway, by that time I figured I better go, especially before he got all caught up in another big speech about how "Citizens United" screwed him over, or how that guy from the IMF is gonna be calling any time now, so I finished up my pint, and I headed on home to bring you this story of how the Republicans have screwed things up so badly that, for perhaps the first time in history, discord, anarchy, insanity, and ugliness aren't business opportunities for The Horned One.
And, of course, I wanted to get you the "heads up" on the Christine O'Donnell scandal that hasn't even happened yet - which, if my friend Satan has anything to do with it, soon will.