Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Last thought before I hit the hay...
Now that I've officially been awake for 24 hours, after sleeping hardly at all the night before (too much excitement over the election, I guess), I think it's time to go to bed. There will be plenty more commentary to come tomorrow, I assure you. In the meantime, sleep is necessary.

But first...
Much has been made of the ramifications on this election caused by 2000. One thing that I haven't heard discussed much is the automatic situation of hypocrisy both Democrats and Republicans find themselves trapped by. In 2000, Gore won the popular vote, and Bush won the electoral. At the time, Republicans claimed that the electoral vote was all that mattered, and the Dems said that the popular vote should have factored in as well. Now, Kerry is contesting the electoral vote (though I don't think he can possibly win it) despite his clear loss in the popular vote. Many Republicans, of course, are complaining that we won the popular vote, and so Kerry should concede (Gore's argument early on in the Florida scandal of 2000). Basically, both sides are making the same argument that the other side made 4 years ago. Way to go democracy.

The problem is, in reality, it would be a brilliant stroke for Kerry to concede based on the popular vote. While he'd lose the presidency, the Democrats' argument in 2000 would be completely salvaged. They could continue to claim that Bush took the White House in 2000 illegitimately, because he had not won the popular vote, while Kerry appears to take the high road. At the same time, it opens the door for the new Democratic strategy trick, which is eliminating the electoral college. The argument would be "the real vote is the popular vote, which is why we are conceding this race. And we maintain that this should be the standard from this day forward," effectively mandating a national debate over the EC.

And now, since I'm tired enough not to know if that made any sense whatsoever, I will crawl under my sheets. Until tomorrow, dear readers, keep the faith that Bush will emerge victorious.

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