Indecision 2000: Palindrome Contest Winners!

Chatterbox challenged readers to submit palindromes about the post-election mayhem. He received many superb entries–even without the participation of Benjamin Zimmer, who placed first, third, and fourth in Chatterbox’s earlier Super Tuesday palindrome contest. Here are the winners:

Tenth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Dubya won? No way, bud! (submitted, independently, by Stephen Roche, George Kopp, and Johnny Fitchen)

Ninth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Wonk! I won! Now I know! (Tom Tegtmeyer)

Note: This is a condensed version of a longer palindrome penned four years ago by Tegtmeyer and Paul Loomis. Click here and scroll to Item 69 to read the original.

Eighth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Say, bud: Is revote bet over? Si, Dubya’s. (Scott Douglas)

Seventh-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Evil Halliburton yen, eh? Cheney no trub. “I’ll, ah …, live.” (Frederick H. Alexander)

Sixth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Loss? Alas! S.O.L. (Justin Pittas-Giroux)

Fifth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Dog ‘em? Still at. I, wonk, stiff (fits), know-it-all. It’s me, God. (Stephen Roche)

Fourth-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Miami-Dade illusory: T. DeLay’s apes abase.

Pa’s Yaled tyro, sullied a dim aim.
(Matt Franklin)

Third-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Law evil.

A name not set.

No contest.

One man alive.

W.? Al?
(Jonathan M. Siegel)

Second-best Indecision 2000 Palindrome:

Fla.! Al: “F—!” (Justin Pittas-Giroux)

… and the best Indecision 2000 Palindrome is:

To recap:

W.: “Gypp in sun? Na-nah!”

Cub Bush: “O! you fans! Egad!”–loser!--“Pa, Ma–I won!”–W.

Dubya men owe Nader.

“O, Gees. Draw.” Al: “F—! I’m a … I’m axed.”

Dems: “I care!”

Jesse J.: “O, not I! Revote!”

Glad Yale duo: “You delay’d, Al. Get over it!”

“O, no,” Jesse J.: “Eracism!”

Ed (D): “Ex a Miami, Fla., ward, see?”

Gore (D): “A new one may bud.”

W: “Now I am a pres.!”

Old-age SNAFU? “Oy! Oh! Sub Buchanan?! Nu.”

Snippy G.W.–Pace.

(Justin Pittas-Giroux)

Honorable Mention:

Live war hero given no ID!”–Jeb (E.J. Dionne vigor, eh?) “Raw evil!” (Tom Tegtmeyer)

Diary: Me Rogue! I, Dad, as was. On top. Pot? No! Saw sad, adieu,

Gore! My raid.
(Jonathan I. Lessner)

Emit, gong, Geo? No way, sue U.S., ya won! O eggnog time! (Frederick H. Alexander)

Harris, K., bush sub k-sirrah (Jeff Hagan)

Ya, Demos! Nod, nab a ballot, revote. Be “big time.”

Snip & spin, Asa. W. on E!, Kat Harris on ten, Mary M …

Elian’s mom?!? 684, ur, wise (nut) pensioners.

Ay, bud. Dubya’s Reno is Neptune.

Si, W., RU 486? … moms nail


Asa nips & pins. Emit gibe, bet over. Toll?

Ab–abandon. Someday.
(Jennifer Leigh Hughes)

270? 1600? O, no: .0061072% … (Justin Pittas-Giroux)

Was Al a TN pres.? Wha? No?

Nah–W = serp’nt.

Alas! Aw …
(Justin Pittas-Giroux)

’Won’ apt? Si! To Penn Ave, do! (rode van); Nepotist Pa? Now! (Stephen Roche)

I maim Miami. (Tim Weiner)