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1 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Sat, Oct 27, 2012 1:56:08pm

Let us hope that none of these doomsday scenarios occur, people are divided enough as it stands and even a straightforward election is going to do nothing to fix that. :(

2 researchok  Sat, Oct 27, 2012 2:11:41pm

re: #1 Tiny Alien Kitties are Watching You

My thoughts exactly.

This gives a whole new meaning to Murphy's Law.

3 lostlakehiker  Sat, Oct 27, 2012 7:19:02pm

If Romney wins the popular vote and Obama picks up more electoral votes, I sincerely and deeply hope that there will be no more talk, ever, of throwing over the rules in the middle of the game. Obama will be the president-elect. Period.

Competing standards for what counts as a victory can only deepen the split that an election is designed to close. The merit that the electoral system has is similar to the merit that scoring in tennis or volleyball has: it amplifies small margins and makes the win seem more solid than it may have been. This is good, because we really need things to be settled once the vote has been taken.

There will be some cheating in this election. There has been already. (Republicans, stand up and take a bow.) The forces of the law need to be vigilant now. If every effort is made to keep the election as clean as it can be given the reality that human nature has its unsavory side, we can unite behind whoever wins and try and cope with the twin messes we're in: fiscal ruin and climate ruin. Whoever wins, he won't be the best choice for the whole job, but he'll be who we're stuck with. And whoever wins, he'll need a "loyal opposition" to try and help him see the light when his weak suit comes up. But that doesn't mean trying to block everything. It means trying to shape things. And whoever wins needs to listen to the other side. Not give it its way, but listen seriously and consider that they may sometimes have a point. And accommodate it if that can be done without ditching too much of the grand design.

This spirit hasn't been much in evidence for quite a while, and its absence has been part of the reason we're in the fix we're in now.

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