Journal: News & Comment

Wednesday, November 08, 2000
# 8:05:00 AM:

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Then again...

Yesterday, I wrote "The outcome of the American election is much less clear. We'll all know tonight."

Well, maybe not.

As I write, Florida is re-counting its deciding ballots, with the difference between Bush and Gore at less than 1700 votes -- so something like 0.002% of the American nationwide vote will decide the contest. Is that good sign or a bad sign for democracy? Every vote counts, obviously, but are the candidates so alike and is the U.S.A. so split along party lines that whoever wins hardly has a mandate?

As the curse goes, "May you live in interesting times."


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