Saturday, November 29, 2008

Careful what you wish for

I'm beginning to think that Norm Coleman might indeed prevail over Al Franken. The reason? The Star Tribune actually gave me what I wanted - a substantial number of ballots viewable on line and the promise of more.

Being the perseverative procrastinator that I am, this was a perfect way to avoid cleaning out the gutters, so I actually assessed all 598 ballots currently viewable. While my numbers differed from the consensus of other get-a-life idiots by a little, Franken still only netted six votes in my count. That's not fast enough, assuming it's representative. Nate Silver, who started me down this path, agrees.

This election was always going to wind up in court if Franken won. With the decision of the Canvassing Board not to review disqualified absentee ballots, it will also wind up in court if Franken loses.

The best outcome in any case: With a transparent process, the democratically elected winner, as best we can determine, will be seated in the Senate. That in itself is a victory, despite the fact that both sides are wasting a lot of time with bullshit challenges. Florida, of course, is not paying attention.

One other thing is obvious: There are voters on both sides who are wildly incapable of following the simplest instructions. That village in Texas? It's not the only one missing its idiot. There are citizens whose votes have never counted since optical scan voting started. I wonder how they get through the day without dying some gruesome accidental death. Were they sick every time their grade school gave a standardized test? Cripes, people. Nonetheless, even though I muttered "fucking idiot" under my breath with alarming frequency, I tried to find their intent and often did.

As Slappy the Squirrel often says, "That's comedy." Or democracy. Your mileage may vary.


Dianne R G said...

Hey-I do medical imaging, and sometimes I am scared to drive home, having seen the people who drive themselves in for their tests. I still go for democracy though, worts and all.

lovable liberal said...

Oh, yeah, me too. Was it Winston Churchill who said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest."

I was probably one of those bad driving examples when recovering from a broken leg. I took a cab to have the long cast removed and planned to call Rent-A-Wreck to get home, not counting on the serious pain of bending my knee for the first time in six weeks. I was so thrilled to be able to drive again, even if not my own standard transmission, that I did it anyway. The combination of liberation and pain was weird, and I did get home safely.

Then, again last winter, I drove myself to the ER for what turned out to be appendicitis.

You're right to be careful out there!