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A close election can be an unpredictable and even protracted affair.
It is interesting that a Chicago paper comes up with the story that puts Romney as the winner. I think that the left in this country is starting to hear the drumbeat of defeat. The wave is coming and I think many people are going to be shocked by the results. The important thing is that whether your side wins or loses, we are all Americans and there will be another election. Make sure you vote, to many people have died for your right to do it.
There is not going to be any "shock and awe" with this election. Karl Rove's strategy of using rigged polls to try and fool Democratic voters is having the opposite effect this election by fooling Republican voters into actually believing that Romney has a chance in hell of winning. Check the numbers again but this time focus on which horse is placed to win. To the guy who wrote this scenario: you forgot to mention the rioting that would occur if the mess of the election you envision should occur. Dems are not going to be that nice this time around if Repukes try to steal it again.
perfectly stated, jurbur. and btw, tinosa, the Chicago Tribune is often critical of Obama and retains a conservative/GOP perspective.
tinosa, you couldn't be farther from the truth. The repubs have shown a cognitive dissonance towards reality more that I ever thought possible. Yeah, there will be shock, but it won't be on the side that you think. The entire mantra from the right is nothing deeper than Dorthy clicking her heels together and repeating the phrase "there's no place like home"...unfortunately for them, home is four more years of President Obama.
I third the comment about rioting if the Rethuglicans attempt to steal this election in the courts. Never again. Karl Rove is the puppetmaster of the GOP and wants to give every impression that this race is close. This race has NEVER been close and the more that people see what a Romney presidency would look like, they will runaway in droves.
Jurbur - There is going to be rioting when Obama loses anyway. You can count on it.
The Electoral College will not vanish anytime soon.My goodness,the British don't get to choose their prime minister.That is decided by what party controls Parliament.The last election neither party won control.The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats had to form a government together.We should realize that we are not voting for Obama or Romney but for electors chosen by their party.In Minnesota electors do NOT have to vote as they pledge!In California and other states they do and will face criminal charges.Minnesota should change this.An Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to require electors to vote as they pledge should be introduced.
Put plainly, we simply don't know. Oh, The Faithful of both parties strenuously wave their banners and loudly chant their talking points, but that convinces no one other than perhaps some of their kindred Faithful whose belief may be wavering somewhat. Be that as it may, Owatonnabill continues to be amazed at the raw emotion being invested wholesale in a presidential election that is easily the least meaningful in over a century. Unless the President, whoever he is, has a 60-40 majority in the Senate as well as a comfortable majority in the House, nothing gets done anyway, and pigs will fly before that scenario is reached this time around. We as a people still haven't been kicked around and bamboozled by our "leaders" enough yet to the point where real change will occur. But 4 more years of Obama or 8 of Romney should help us reach that point. Real change never comes from the top down. It comes from the bottom up. And THAT will happen in 2016 or 2020, not 2012.
If Obama wins the electoral college and loses the popular vote, don't expect Republicans to be as equanimous about defeat as Democrats were when Gore won the popular vote. It would mean the end of the Electoral College.
I wish we could talk about real solutions, with the consequences of those solutions. It does get bogged down in rhetoric without any clue about what the consequences are for the future. Two massive looming problems are SS and Medicare, doing nothing means those programs are bankrupt for everyone under the age of 45...something needs to be done soon and we need real solutions. The other big issue left is the debt, 100% of debt vs GDP hasn't been reached since WW2 and we need to make some changes to address this issue as well. More solutions less rhetoric.
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