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With all eyes on the American election, it’s only fitting to come up with some views and thoughts of my own, although politics is a discussion that is generally frowned upon by my very few readers.
What statistically struck me as surprising (try saying that a few times) was that there were more Democrats who voted for Bush than there were Republicans for Kerry. How fickle can political ties be? I mean, after all those center states adamantly elephant and Republican, there are Democrats who turn against the tide and follow the red. Sad.
In any case, as CNN continues its coverage of the election, it’s becoming all too clear that Ohio will not fall into Kerry’s hands. Typical, though, that they should, somewhat like Florida in 2000, have to wait 11 days for the provisional votes to be counted. As Richard Quest of the BBC said, “Why don’t they get the counting done with by tonight, and not wait until 11 more days?”. Such is the sadness of law and politics.
Another statistical surprise: California fell into the blue! As if Schwarzenegger did not give a bad enough representation of the Republicans.
Thinking of this election rationally now that Kerry has conceded, it is clear that the problem lies not with Bush and how his administration conducts its policies. No, it’s not Bush who should be blamed for the war, for the conflicts, or for the demise of the American image. It’s the American population who supports such a man who is to be blamed. Now, more so than ever before, because the Americans have seen for four years the damage that Bush has inflicted in terms of world peace and trans-atlantic relationships. The fact that they still vote for such a man means they do not mind, or rather are not aware that their very decision is what is going to decide how the other nations in the world view Americans.
A few thoughts on the run, via my Palm:
It’s hardly believable that Bush has cornered much of the US election. I guess I’m rather dissapointed but there isn’t much that can be done… To think that after all those promising signs of Kerry winning the election, Americans still head out to the poll booths as if to prove everyone wrong and say they still support the President the whole world evidently dislikes. I was hoping with all the electoral votes Kerry might still win but I guess that possibility is now out the window… Another four years of the Bush administration can only mean disaster and demise for the majority of the American population..