Commenting over at Ruins of Empire, I worried about the effects of a McCain Presidency on the War in Iraq. That’s when I realized how infuriated I’d be if he one by a margin, and then went ahead with eternal war like he had some kind of fucking mandate.
Then I remembered 2004. Bush:51%. Kerry: 48%. Rumors of another stolen election aside, look at those numbers. Half the country clearly didn’t want us going in the direction we are going in. And yet turning on a crucial 3% of voters, half the voting public was utterly ignored. Its times like these I wonder about coalition governments and runoff elections to obtain a suitable margin.
We might have another close election in 2008. Which half of the country won’t count?