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To: Former Military Chick
The Electoral College got a brief spate of attention in 2000, when George Bush became president even though he lost the popular vote to Al Gore by more than 500,000 votes.......It's a ridiculous setup, which thwarts the will of the majority

Well for one, 500,000 votes is miniscule for an American election. It says nothing of who's more popular. That's an attempt by the writer to use a big looking number to make his point look better. Second, Gore didn't the majority, so that doesn't work either. A runoff would probably have been necessary, and Bush could have won a runoff.

With our country divided into states, something like the Electoral Collage is necessary. Without it, a few big cities would decide the close elections.

Most ridiculous is this idiot trying to make the electoral college look like a few hundred people deciding the outcome of the election. I'm sorry, but that's hilariously stupid. The electors are decided by the results from each state, and going state by state, each state getting a say, is the best way to go.

42 posted on 08/29/2004 12:03:05 AM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: baseballfanjm
A runoff would probably have been necessary, and Bush could have won a runoff.

A runoff?

48 posted on 08/29/2004 12:08:04 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
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To: baseballfanjm
"more than 500,000 votes" or another way of talking, 0.52% more of the votes than President Bush.

It was the equivalent of a coin toss landing on the edge instead of either side. Why is it so hard for DUMMYRATS to believe that coin leaned a little more in George W. Bush's favor in one close state?

That figure was also well within the margin of error (nationally). We would have had THOUSANDS of lawsuits as a county by county NATIONAL recount was conducted. We know that there was some democrat vote fraud (multiple residence voters - 2 states, college kids who went through the line several times, etc.).

0.52% (half a percent) doesn't impress me. The Goebbelsesque drum beat says that there was no mandate for President Bush. Albert Gore JUNIOR would not have been able to make such a claim either. Also, both candidates got more votes than Bill Clinton ever did and I didn't hear his leadership questioned by Big Media. The 2002 election also firmed up the nation's support for President Bush with Republican victories.

61 posted on 08/29/2004 12:16:42 AM PDT by weegee (YOU could have been aborted, and you wouldn't have had a CHOICE about it.)
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