By wyllys on Sep 13, 2004
My greatest fear for the upcoming election (besides the fear that "W" will be re-elected), is the inevitable flood of lawsuits that will be filed regardless of who wins. Having the supreme court step in again and "choose" our new president sets and awful and dangerous precedent for future elections (perhaps its already too late since it happened once already). Unfortunately, depending on either of the 2 parties to accept the results with class and dignity in the face of defeat is unrealistic in todays highly charged climate.
It was amusing (for a while, anyway) back in 1992 when Clinton defeated Bush #1 to see all those stupid "Don't blame me - I voted for Bush" bumper stickers. Does anyone remember those? People simply couldn't accept the fact that their man had been soundly beaten and that (wonder of wonders), the presidency is not the birthright of the Republican party - 12 years of Reagan/Bush was plenty and the country wanted/needed a new direction. Of course, there was the follow-up bumper stickers that said "Bush lost - Get over it!" - also amusing. The difference between then and now is that today, people will claim some sort of criminal act has occurred if their man doesn't win.
My hope is that every state has a clear-cut winner and that we don't have any states that are "too-close-to-call", leaving them open for endless legal challenges and yet another supreme court battle.