In Reply to: In the grand scheme of things... YAWN. posted by MV on November 08, 2000 at 10:19:03:
The backlash that could result from a candidate who wins by popular vote but not by electoral vote may be the most exciting part of this term.
All this railing back and forth about which candidate is more full of BS is quite amusing to me, as is talk of losing sleep over the election. Call me cynical, or naive, or naively cynical, but I have watched and followed this compaign closely enough to say with confidence that IT REALLY JUST DOESN'T MATTER.
After 12+ months of this campaign drivel, I defy anyone to convince me that there is any substantive difference in these two guys. Of course there are little details regarding what group gets the bigger tax cut and how big it will be. Bush is more likely to appoint a pro-life supreme court justice than Gore. Al is more likely to push for gun control and stricter environmental regaulations. The Clinton/Gore foreign policy mess is surely a big one, but does anyone think W has the stones/mental capacity to do anything better? If W is your idea of a confidence inspiring leader of the country, then perhaps you haven't noticed that he is NOT actually his father.
The senate will be either a 50-50 split with Cheney as VP or 51-49 GOP. The House is looking like a GOP majority by only 10 or so seats. Whichever presidential pretender managed to scare a few extra senior citizens into his camp in Florida is going to have nothing remotely resembling a mandate when he takes office in January. Hell, if W takes office, it will likely be without even a plurality in the popular vote and a mere 2 electoral college votes. Wow.
I only hope that the biggest contribution of whoever takes over for Willy hitting on homely White House interns is to convince the American public that we deserve better than a choice between two spoiled, priveleged, rich kids who have more in common with each other that the vast majority of American voters they have spent the past year trying to bamboozle.
Just my $1.02.