Or, Who Knows, Just Spitballing Here, Maybe It’ll Be Like The Last Two Years

“If the EV/PV split does occur, Obama’s people fret that it will be terrible for the country and will make it much harder for the president to govern effectively.” [New York, via Political Wire]


I might as well come out of the closet and admit that I voted for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala. Yes, I’m well aware of the pragmatic arguments. Let the poking and stoning commence. Or stoning, then poking.

@¡Andrew!: I’d be really upset if you lived somewhere that mattered. As it is, enjoy.

@Mistress Cynica: Did I mention that I just moved to southern Ohio and can’t find my polling place?

@Mistress Cynica: If only we lived in a world in which people like them could get elected. Their stories are so inspiring.

@¡Andrew!: I agree. Unfortunately, our system is set up for two parties. I like to dream that the republican party will self destruct and the new second party will be a truly progressive one. Until then, the pragmatist will vote for the democrats.

@Mistress Cynica: Unfortunately

The duopoly alternative is Coalition Government, which never ends well — especially since batshit minor parties end up being the swing votes.

Somebody has to wield power, and I don’t know of a better alternative to what we’ve got. It’s just the nature of things.

@nojo: The problem isn’t our system per se, it’s the methods, especially “campaign finance.” The system of legalized bribery that we have now basically guarantees a corrupt gubmit run by and for the plutocrats, and only 100% publicly financed elections can solve that problem. The second main problem is the people, but we’ve already spilled a zillion ones and zeroes on that topic.

To paraphrase the way that Serolf put it so perfectly recently, the day we see those changes, there’ll be a guy in a beret reading a manifesto to a crowd of thousands on the steps of the former US KKKongress.

@¡Andrew!: I would reverse the order, but since we can’t do anything about The People, I would agree that there’s a lot else to tidy up.

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