Wednesday, November 08, 2000

The afternoon following the morning after. I, like so many of my fellow country men and women, went to bed right after Bush was declared a winner in the presidential election at about 1:30am. Yes, I should have learned my lesson early on in the evening when Florida's confirmation of being a Gore state was recinded. But, noooooo. I followed along, pouted and went to bed. I got a phone call from Justin this morning asking if I had heard the news. What news?? He said that Florida was no longer being counted as a Bush state. No way. How could that happen? Sure, my morning fuzziness was weighing heavily... Anyway, I learned that the votes were to close to call the state. Amazing! If those of you in Florida had wondered before...your vote does count. Only 1,784 votes between Bush and Gore. Amazing. Well, now we sit and wait...and wait. Who will win? Can we be assured that the votes are being counted in a non-corrupt way? What ever happened to the missing vote boxes in Fort Lauderdale? So many questions. Oh, and this one...it's fairly clear that Gore has one the popular vote. Should the Electoral College votes still be the way to elect a president? Information access and voting privileges are so much more available than when the Electoral college was instituted. Is it really the *right* way to elect someone? Michael Moore wrote today people should "Stop Bush's Theft of the People's Will". I agree, but it's one of those things that I don't think we should decide *after* the election. This should have been decided prior to votes being cast. Certainly if I were happily in the Bush camp, I would be agreeing to keep the electoral college no matter how many more popular votes my opponent had. I would just quietly suggest that it be changed *next time*. ;-) Well, since I'm not happily in Gov. Bush's camp, let's get rid of the electoral college NOW. heheheh. Fine, I suppose you can see right through my plea. :-)

So, now that there is no hugely decisive victory for either major party candidate, whoever is declared the winner will be claiming a very lukewarm victory. No landslides this time. No "mandate of the people". No "the people have spoken". Nope, it's a clear sign that the new president MUST listen to both sides carefully and do what is right for the country as a whole. A girl can dream, can't she?

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