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October 31, 2004

Halloween is no escape from politics

So in this superheated political season it should come as no surprise that political bloodlines are mingling with Halloween themes. Huh, you say.

In a roundabout way, let me explain. Surely you recall Razib's post that made the point that 8% of Asian men are descendents of Genghis Khan. Perhaps you also saw the Vice-Presidential debate, and by some stroke of luck you may also have read Daniel Ruth's column in the Tampa Tribune, where he wrote:

It was Edwards' mission to suggest to the electorate that Cheney is Vlad the Impaler, only without the sense of humor.

This is our first clue that something eerie was afoot. Either Ruth was prescient by catching a foggy vision a month before the rest of us, or Senator Edwards was missing his targets by one pay grade, for it turns out that the intrepid folks over at Ancestry.com have determined that both President Bush and Senator Kerry are related to Vlad the Impaler. Here are the family trees.

For those who doubt that both physical and behavioral traits are encoded in DNA they need look no further than to the two candidates. It seems clear that some heretofore undiscovered variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease must have passed down the Bush family tree, quite evidently from all of the imbibing of human blood that Vlad partook of in his day. And look at the cadevorous pallor, demeanor and humor that infects Kerry, surely the result of Vlad being one of the living dead.

Happy Halloween.

Posted by TangoMan at 11:21 AM