9 November 2000
"Can you believe this f***ing mess?!"
-- My friend Mr. Hutchison on the election night fiasco
The Campaign is OVER
There is a thoughtful commentary -- perhaps several actually -- brewing in my
mind about the state of the regime, the election, the electoral college, all of
it. However, I just can't pull it together tonight. No, tonight I
have just a bunch of questions about the election and subsequent conduct that
refuse to coalesce into persuasive commentary. Or perhaps they do
coalesce. Some of these are:
- If you are too stupid to vote for the candidate you want, why is it my
problem? Why is it an excuse to engage in idiotic protesting?
Why aren't people EMBARRASSED to admit they are too stupid to read a ballot
and follow an arrow? Why is it that idiots like this draw attention
and are celebrated, instead of being called idiots? Why isn't someone
asking this question: if they are too dumb to follow an arrow, how in
the hell do they manage to do more complicated things, like feed and dress
themselves without help?
- Isn't it time for Jesse Jackson to get a job? Why does he think he
is my, and the rest of the nation's, moral conscience? Why does he
continue to conclude that everything controversial is Selma? Why don't
reasonable Americans -- not African Americans, not Caucasian Americans, not
Asian Americans, but just plain Americans -- stand up and tell this idiot to
leave us the hell alone?
- Why do I keep hearing references to the "Gore campaign team"
when the campaign is over? Or is this what various pundits mean when
they said before the election "The Clinton-Gore team has run a
permanent campaign while in office?" Is this what Bush meant would
be different when he vowed to bring "different leadership" to
- Why does the "Gore campaign team" keep vowing to
"fight" when a constitutional mess, if not crisis, looms?
Why is the Bush team fanning the flames with untimely statements when the
best leadership would be cool, calm rhetoric from James Baker, and most
certainly NOT Karen Hughes, Karl Rove, or the other Austin dimwits who might
very well have blown this election for Bush?
- Why is it that our current President has not spoken to calm tensions in
Florida? Could it be that he has no moral authority or credibility
left? Could that mean Republicans were right when they said character
matters in the one office elected on a national basis?
- What gives Bill Daley the right to presume he speaks for "the
people" in saying this: "If the will of the people is to prevail,
Al Gore should be awarded a victory in Florida and be our next President?"
Further, what gives ANY judge the right (or, to speak legally, the power or
authority) to claim to speak for "the people" in this matter, and
how would that work? Further, wouldn't it be substituting elitist rule
for the very democratic procedures Gore/Daley claim to be trying to
uphold? Does anyone else see this paradox?
- Why is nobody (but me, John, and Hallmark, as far as I can tell) wondering
if this election will wind up with Al Gore winning the popular vote AND
electoral college vote, and STILL defying the intent of the Founding Fathers
(which was, by virtue of the electoral college, to require candidates to run
a national campaign instead of concentrating on handfuls of population heavy
I have many questions today.