Friday, November 21, 2008

Electoral Dysfunction


In Missouri, they finally finished counting the votes. It appears that Senator John McCain has won that state. He picked up a few more Electoral College votes, which brings his total to 157, and you need 270 to win. Barack Obama still has a comfortable lead of 350. It's been three weeks... I don't think today's announcement will make any difference to the outcome of the presidential election.

In Minnesota (the state that gave us Jessie "The Body" Ventura, former wrestler turned actor, as governor), Democrat and former SNL comedian, Al Franken, and Republican challenger, Norm Coleman, are still locked in a very real election contest and the results could decide if Barack Obama has a filibuster proof house and senate. If Al Franken wins, the Democrats will have 60 seats and two Independents who will side with them. This means that he has a better chance to pass his policies than Bill Clinton did when he took office and was forced to battle tooth and nail with a Republican controlled house and senate. It is a miracle that he was able to achieve what he did in his eight years in office.

The battle in Minnesota has been the source of jokes nationwide, but now it really is important. Only 215 votes, 0.5 % of the state's population, stand between the two and they are leaning toward Republican, Norm Coleman's favor. Today during the recount, they have recovered 100 more votes for Al Franken, which makes this an even closer race.

A few weeks ago, I did a post in which I was telling folks that their vote does count. If this doesn't prove what I was saying, I don't know what will. 100 votes... 100 people. And, I was at a lingerie demonstration a few weeks ago and there were more men than that there yelling and screaming. (We'll discuss why I was there at a later date... maybe another blog post... maybe not at all.) The point I'm making is that so few people can make a very big difference. They can make a campaign that seems like a national joke suddenly mean a whole lot more in the larger scheme of things.

You matter people. We all matter. We all make a difference. That's not some cliched rah-rah sentiment... it's just the truth.

13 comments:

Toni said...

Great Post Keith...What's this about you at a Lingerie Display-lololol.

Angie B. said...

Yes Brother,Tell us more about this
Lingerie Display-lololol

Lisa said...

Keith,You're a mess- "I was at a lingerie display where there were more men than that, yelling and screaming."-lolol

Sunflower said...

Good Post Keith...You made a lot of valid points here, points you have emphatically stated before,
now what's this about this lingerie
party you were at?-lolol-I'm sorry,
Icouldn't help it..that was too funny.lololol.

Tate2 said...

Lingerie Display?? You sure you weren't at a strip club??-lolololol
Too funny!

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Leave Keith alone..I always knew he was a playa like that anyway..
Good post brother.

Simon Bastion said...

Good Post...Excellent analysis once
again.

Simon Bastion said...

If you notice, I made no mention of the "Lingerie Display."

James Perkins said...

Good Post Keith.....100 guys at a lingerie display?? It wasn't a strip club?? Just had to ask.lololololol.

Keith said...

I assure all of you who have inquired that I was at a respectable event. lolololol.Didn't realize one statement would get so much attention.-lol

Raven said...

Exactly what goes on at a "lingerie demonstration"? Hmmm...
Interesting...

LadyLee said...

This is a true example of how our votes count. You never know. Good analysis.

And you must speak on the lingerie demo... really.

Somebodies Friend said...

Like the rest of the gang, I must know the details...

Spit it out Keith... LOL

Also, great points on the MN contest, can you even believe there is only 100 votes between them! WOW




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