Following in the footsteps of the first lady and President Obama, who both made the case for early voting in their various late-night appearances last week, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to "The Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday to present the top-10 list. The theme of the night: "Good things about voting early."
Before Biden showed up to deliver the list, Letterman expressed his skepticism over the whole early-voting thing. "I always thought it was election day you vote, now apparently you can vote anytime you want," he said.
It was left to Biden to make the case for getting to the polls before Tuesday. He began with a serious acknowledgment of the ongoing difficulties created by Hurricane Sandy. "Everyone's thinking of you, and we're doing everything we can to help," he promised viewers in New York and New Jersey.
Then it was on to the list. Some of Biden’s "good things" sounded more like wishful thinking. (No. 10: "I'm not saying each early voter gets a free cheeseburger, but I'm not saying they don't either." No. 6: "If you vote early, you don’t have to pay taxes."
Other entries were plain-old common sense, like no. 9, "It's vastly more effective than voting late." But it was the No. 1 entry that will probably seem the most compelling: "Honestly, don’t you want this election over with already?"
We sure do, Joe. We sure do.
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