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Monday, October 18, 2004

What Would Happen If...

posted by Jazz at 10/18/2004 01:52:00 PM

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Edition 723. A lot of speculation has been given to what would happen if G.W. Bush once again lost the election, but won the electoral college and took a second term without a mandate from the people. Frankly, that question has lost most of its traction, in my opinion. We've already seen what would happen - he would rush headlong into whatever agenda he had just as if America had ushered him in to the office in a landslide. Only this time he would have no self-imposed restraints caused by worrying about winning a second term. The word "disaster" looms large.

The more interesting question, in my mind, is the opposite. The race is so close right now that nobody wants to call it. Bush has pulled ahead to a tiny lead in national polls. However, it looks like the race will still come down to who takes two out of three in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Last time I checked, Kerry was doing well in two of them and in a dead heat in the other. If he does manage to take Ohio and Pennsylvania, for instance, and wins the electoral college, what happens if he loses the popular vote like Bush did?

Would we see a more humble president who opens the doors to the Republicans and tries to work with both sides, recognizing the weakness of his mandate? Or would he just dance in glee at having ousted the Big Bad Bush and go on a Kerry Agenda Rampage? I hate to think it, but I lean toward the latter. There is so much vindictiveness between the parties, I can't help but suspect that Kerry will have some revenge in mind as soon as he takes his seat in the Oval Office.