A political leader tragically falls under a bus and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the gates. "Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. " However there is a slight problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, so we're not sure what to do with you."
So St Peter decided. "You will spend half a day in hell and half a day in heaven," he said. "Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
This seemed like a reasonable compromise to the politician. So first he heads off to hell, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a beautiful golf course. All his friends and other politicians who had worked with him are there too. He plays an enjoyable round of golf and then enjoys several drinks at the 19th and a terrific meal.
He is having such a good time that before he realises it, the 12 hours are over and it is time to go.
The pollie then visits heaven, joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. It's sweet but lacks the excitement of the other place.
"Well, then, you've spent half a day in hell and another half in heaven. Now choose your eternity," says St. Peter
The senator reflects for a minute. "Well, I have to say that although heaven is delightful, I think I would be better off in hell."
Immediately he finds himself in the middle of a barren desert covered with garbage, where all his friends are dressed in rags, picking up the waste and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
"I don't understand," stammers the politician.
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted."