Election Headquarters-- Analyze the election results and the ongoing Florida debate.
Night America Stood Still
had no such luck.
The night turned out to be one of the most nerve-racking nights in modern American history. Usually, the states on the television map light up red, blue, or clear, and we go to sleep either happy or sad.
We watched states go from red to clear to blue to clear, taking us on a emotional roller coaster, and sending us to bed (if you went to bed) more confused than we were when the whole process started.
Before this situation,
I was under the impression that the press had to be absolutely sure
of something before they televise it to the entire country. I guess
I was wrong. They passed Florida around like it was the flu bug in December.
You can't totally blame them for all the screw-ups of the night (well,
actually you can), but if you overlook the boo-boos made by the media,
some strictly unexpected things happened on election night.
The greatest of
these was the repealing of Democrat Al Gore's concession to Republican
George W. Bush. I'd put $50 on the fact that he never expected to call
And now where are
we? Neighborhoods are divided, states are divided, the country is divided,
and we have no president-elect. Recount is the magic word that sparks
hours of conversation in homes in America.
Democrats want a
revote in Palm Beach, Fla. They believe there could have been a conspiracy
such as elderly Democrats being fooled because the second choice on
the ballot was supposed to be Gore, but was Reform party candidate Pat
Buchanan instead. The Bush campaign, having nothing better to do, now
wants a recount in Iowa and Wisconsin. There are no accusations of foul
play in these states, unlike Florida, yet they still want to recount.
Man, get a life.
Although I can't
vote, I still consider myself a Democrat. Therefore, I am biased to
Gore winning this election. However, I also want what's best for the
country. I promise you, if there is a revote in Palm Beach, within two
weeks America is going to know how many times each resident goes to
the bathroom, what they do, and what type of toilet tissue they use
to take care of their business.
And what happens
if the Republicans come up with some dumb excuse for another revote
in another state? We may not have a president for another six months,
and without leadership we are weak to foreign powers who don't look
too highly upon the U.S. I'm all for the revote if it's fair, but there
has to be a place where political parties and we as a country, must
draw the line.
To the candidates:
don't drag this out and make it something that it's not. If you do,
this whole situation will become like spitting in the wind.
And you know what they say about spitting in the wind, don't you?
Copyright © MacNeil-Lehrer Productions All Rights Reserved