Elbridge Thomas Gerry (July 17, 1744 – November 23, 1814) began his career as a Swedish pole vaulter, but after a horrible impaling incident decided to turn in the outrageously long pole that had won him so many women (and that thing he used to jump really high too) to become a politician. His ostentatious name is derived from an old Spanish phrase meaning, "The Bridge", and the term "gerrymandering", meaning "to turn Elbridge Gerry into a salamander" (Don't worry, he'll get better).
Politics (The Embezzled Years)
His former career in sports would serve Elbridge well in politics, as both pursuits are essentially a contest to see who can get away with the most without getting caught. Elbridge is often credited with being the inventor of political fraud, and such fine men as Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Hitler and Mahatma Gandhi are in his debt for this reason. Many believe some sort of pact with the devil was involved in Gerry's political dealings. When asked about this, he replied, "No, I just made that up to get all the other politicians to do it. I thought it was pretty funny at the time, until I realized that not having souls caused them to die (an actual condition known as Cheney-cephalitis that only the Japanese are immune to, for obvious reasons). Actually, all I did was trade one of my soles to the big red man, as his sandals were starting to wear down, what with that warm climate he seems to enjoy." Elbridge went on to claim that in return for his sole, Carlos Mencia would be kept off of all American television (with varying success). There have been rumors that Gerry plans on trading his other sole to get rid of other blights upon society, but even if these rumors were true, being a politician, Gerry would be sure to wait and see who lobbies him the most for their cause (currently the democrats want him to take out George W. Bush; while Republicans want John McCain taken care of).
Does Elbridge Gerry Hate America?
Yes, he most certainly does. Being one of the few people to refuse to sign the Constitution, this can be seen as the beginning of the Civil War, with Elbridge Gerry the first person to secede from the Union. Other, less informed historians believe he was actually an anarchist or supervillian, but he actually loved arches (his namesake being a bridge, after all) and would never think of taking an anti-arch (anarchist) stance on any isssue. The supervillan claim has been widely disputed, mostly by idiotic bloggers that no one pays attention to anyway, and thus may never be resolved. According to Gerry himself, "That bastard Hamilton wanted to consolidate the national debt, knowing full well that then he wouldn't have to pay the money he owed me. He's been trying to avoid me ever since he lost that bet. I won fair and square, he thought there was no way we'd get that first draft of the Declaration of Independence passed, the one we had an inebriated sailor write. Jefferson was so hammered that night he still believes he wrote it, the poor sap. And don't get me started on Franklin, guy had enough substance abuse problems to make Barry Bonds look like Roger Clemens. To be honest, I was really the only sober one at that convention, no way could I sign the ridiculous piece of nonsense they wrote up." Whether or not you believe the ramblings of this unscrupulous old man suffering from severe dementia is up to you (It has been anecdotally proven that 99% of those who do believe him are also frequent FOX News viewers). In any case, all we know for certain is that Elbridge Gerry was the first President of the Confederacy, inventor of terrorism, and the perpetrator of every major political assassination in American history (this was discovered by Ben Stiller in order to clear his good name of this charge). So yes, Elbridge Gerry hates America, and for those FOX News viewers, he also supports abortion, enjoys showing violent and pornographic materials to young children, and funding the diabolical efforts of the liberal media
- Elbridge Gerry is the inventor of most modern day political campaign practices, and even patented such favorites as "claiming your opponent has the same political views as his preacher", "101 Meaningless Campaign Slogans" (see "Change", "No New Taxes", "Peace in the Middle East", "Free Health Care and Money for Everyone!", "The War on Terror", "Stay the Course", and "What Would Jesus Do? He'd vote for me"), Door-to-door campaigning (selling girl-scout cookies), and "making up unverifiable traumatic experiences from my past".
- He is the author of such bestsellers as "Always Stretch Before you Flip-Flop", "Now Where Did I Hide Those Incriminating Documents?", "Filibuster: Science, Art, or Boring People Talking?", and "Politics Russian Style: How to Convert Common Office Supplies to Radioactive Isotopes in 3 Easy Steps", the latter of which made it into Oprah's book club.
- Elbridge Gerry once won an election where the voters hated every candidate running by changing his name to "None of the Above"
- Elbridge Gerry's nephew, Elbridge Gerry Seinfeld, would later become a successful comedian and television star, before blowing it all by making atrocious children's movies.
- The only thing worse than burning bridges is burning Elbridges, which is the political equivalent of walking up to Joe McCarthy and saying, "Hey, I'm visiting the Kremlin next week, wanna come?"
- Elbridge's opinion of political humor: "It's so easy to make fun of politics, a caveman could do it. Or a small Jewish man and his bespectacled, bear-fearing sidekick. As long as we only have the idiots making fun of politicians, we should be free to continue stealing as much money as we want.....What? I can say that. I'm already dead, who's gonna sue me?"
- Who does Elbridge Gerry support for the 2008 election? Mike Huckabee of course, because according to Gerry, "Just because you've already quit doesn't mean you can't be a winner. He does have Chuck Norris on his side too, you can't really argue with that."