With less than a week from Election Day, constant presidential politicking has some Americans pleading for freedom from an endless cycle of campaign ads, self-righteous Facebook updates and poll-squabbling. Even the children are grasping for air.
In the above video, Elizabeth Evans records her four-year-old daughter, Abigael, crying in frustration "after hearing one too many mentions of the election."
"I'm tired of 'Bronco Bamma' and Mitt Romney," Abigael sobs.
"It'll be over soon," her mother has to reassure her.
According to Colorado's KUSA-TV, Evans and her mother had been listening to NPR on a car ride from the grocery store when the four-year-old had had enough. They played a little Neil Young instead.
Abigael's tantrum hit a raw nerve with plenty of political observers who felt that the girl had touched on an important sentiment for the American electorate. "We are all Abigael Evans," Time magazine declared Wednesday. Mother Jones called her the "soul of a nation."
NPR was even moved to apologize to Evans, writing in a blog post:
On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, we apologize to Abigael and all the many others who probably feel like her. We must confess, the campaign's gone on long enough for us, too. Let's just keep telling ourselves: "Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days."
In an interview with KUNC radio reporter Grace Hood, Elizabeth Evans thinks her daughter's political ennui is more about the media than the election itself. "We're being drowned in political muck that's neither here nor there," she says.
The Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve, however, think's "Bronco Bamma Girl" may be overreacting, along with everyone else.
We'll cut a toddler some slack. But what else should we do, grownups who take their cues from babies? Pick our governments by killing each other in the streets? A bunch of negative ads supporting your local broadcasting economy seems like a quite pleasant alternative to the French Revolution.
There's one thing for sure though, we can all use a little more Neil Young.