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When fifty-seven current and former congresspersons signed on as members of the Draft Bush 2000 commit tee last month, they declared the Governor “the perfect person to lead all Americans into the future.” But who among us knows what the future holds? Will George W. Bush even heed the committee’s call to run for President? The dull wait has dragged on for months, and Texans nay, all Americans still lack an answer. Time to consult the professionals. Political soothsayers have just about made Bush’s announcement for him, but what say the people’s pundits? “I think he is [going to run] but he’ll keep delaying, let it build up to a crescendo, a wave of support,” said Joe Nicols, an Austin psychic and palmist who makes predictions using a pendulum. \(“I say a prayer and surround myself with positive energy’ while letting the pendulum Remarkably similar was the initial prediction of Ycenna Finnigan, an Austin astrologist. “There’ll be more delay, he’s going to stay wishy-washy and make sure the Clinton situation blows over, and then go with the groundswell of support,” Finni gan said. She had already delivered the goods on Bush to a local TV station “he’s in a place of controversy right now,” she said but agreed to do an over-thephone card throw for Left Field. \(“It’s a “Is George Bush going to run for president, is George Bush going to run for president, is George Bush going to run for president,” she murmured. “He sure is restless about it.” After a moment, with a note of surprise in her voice, Finnigan reversed herself: “I don’t think he will this time! He might next time around.” A money-related card indicated the delay, she said. “It’s a concern of his, having money he needs to run, or it could be he’s concerned about the finances of Texas. He’s working out financial things in the state of Texas. I’m picking that up. Since I haven’t sat with the man physically I don’t know for sure.” Other than Finnigan, all the mediums contacted by Left Field predicted that Bush would run next year. Oddly enough, the most cursory reply came from our one paid informant, Dallas of the LaToya Jackson Psychic network. “Why are you asking me this?” he asked, and then drew three tarot cards: justice, temperance, and the moon. “This is a yes,” he said curtly. Finally, we turned to Grace Sandoval, an El Paso psychic who has her own radio spots and a horoscope column in Gateway magazine. “My impression is that he’s very indecisive. I pick up that he’s indecisive, for the next five or six months. I do feel that he will run for office, and I do see a win,” she said. Describing her methods, Sandoval said she doesn’t use cards or other implements. “It’s my own intuition, my own psychic impression that I pick up on it. It’s a gut instinct, a feeling for it,” she said. “Take Elizabeth Dole, if my energy pulls toward Dole, I don’t think she’s going to win, but if it pulls toward George Bush, I get that he will win.” With friends like these, who needs consultants? Cosmos to George: announce already. + “Signs,” from page chance for one central image, so somebody wants to put a cowboy rounding up cattle, you better put a cowboy just rounding up one cow. You just glance at it. We don’t have anything political, religious, or smutty too smutty but that’s just because we’re in Amarillo, Texas, and we don’t want to be religious or political…. We do sometimes run into stick-in-the-muds who think they own the diamond shape the people who run the small towns right around Amarillo. At any rate, you own the diamond shape just like I do. It’s in the common domain. The sign in your yard is the most important of all the freedom of speeches, because it’s where you live. So if you put a communist sign in front of a big mansion it’s different than putting it in front of a lean-to. On Distributing’ the Signs We have a stack of signs; we don’t make them to order. We go and say we have fifty made, we show people polaroids, and if they don’t like them, they can wait until we make more…. We’ve got four or five cars [distributing the signs on Saturday afternoons], and a sound system. In. addition to the four guys that work, th.ere’ll be fifteen people at lunch there’s a carnival aspect. The neighbors come out. The signs are not as prevalent in the part of town that is more affluent. My opinion … is that the signs are riot class distinctive, but in the parts of town where people have gardeners, and fancy lawns and petunias and snapdragons, [they think] it takes away from their lawns. My mother does not have one. There are more signs in parts of town where the yards are okay, but more of the people are not gardeners, and there are people who may park their car in their yard to MARCH 5, 1999 6 THE TEXAS OBSERVER