Remember back in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote and was our next president of the United States but the blue-blooded rich guy pretending to be cowboy still won? Remember how Tom Brokaw essentially shot up 20 years in age following all the tortuous decisions. Well, here’s a quick refresher:
“Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), is the United States Supreme Court decision that effectively resolved the dispute surrounding the 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush. Only eight days earlier, the United States Supreme Court had unanimously decided the closely related case of Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, 531 U.S. 70 (2000), and only three days earlier, had preliminarily halted the recount that was occurring in Florida.”
Although the reputable and only reliable statistician, Nate Silver, has Obama winning in landslide with a colossal 314 electoral votes (only 270 needed), voter intimidation, suppression, obstruction, deliberately misleading robo calls and every other fear and smear tactic I do not have time (or wrist power) to write, may just tilt the election to the point where we have a repeat of Bush v. Gore. So grab some alcoholic drinks and smokes if you got ‘em.
“This could be another election that’s decided by judges,” warned Paul Sracic, chairperson of the political science department at Youngstown State University in Ohio. (Newvision)
Despite the fact that recent polls give Obama a clear advantage in most battleground states, his lead is considerably narrow and, as we’ve seen over the course of this seemingly never-ending race, polls aren’t always accurate. Not to be a total Buzz McKillington, but it might come down to a few votes in Ohio. The issue at hand is the fact that there could be the same number of votes in Ohio that gave Bush a narrow victory; furthermore, there could be that number of provisional ballots this time around which, according to state law in Ohio, prohibits officials from starting to count them until 10 days after the election.
Ok, maybe get a case of alcoholic drinks.
With the Supreme Court make-up being predominantly right-wing, Captain Capitalist has the clear edge. Worse yet, John Boehner and his young, prickish Republican Robespierres control the House, which is the chamber of Congress that chooses the president in the event of a tie as stipulated by the 12th Amendment. The Senate of course votes for VP in the event of tie, and since the Democrats control the senate and as VP, Joe Biden is the president of the Senate, we could potentially have a Romney/Biden presidency. Try wrapping that chestnut around your head without blood coming out of your eyes and ears. Now where’s that case of alcoholic drinks?!
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