Let's Elect By Counting, Not Spinning Or Suing

Gore should take a lesson from Nixon

Over the past hundred years, Americans have elected 13 Republican Administrations and 12 Democratic ones. Power could not be more evenly divided. American presidential elections are essentially a flip of the coin. This time the coin landed on its edge.

The system was never designed for such a fluke. The last time it happened--in 1876--the deadlock was resolved by a corrupt deal that ended Reconstruction. The closest we have come to the edge in recent years was 1960, when Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago was credibly accused of widespread fraud and corruption in throwing Illinois to John Kennedy.

How rich that...

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