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Obama or McCain? 11/4/08 (White Giant)

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Zetetic Elench dam Kahveh (Golden Rainbow)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 02:33 pm Click here to edit this post
An interesting election and I'm glad Obama won. More importantly, I'm glad there was a clear winner without the legal wranglings that went on in Florida last time (or was it 2000?).

I'm glad that Americans picked the President that the rest of the World would have picked [Disclosure: Readers of the Economist would be more likely to go for a Democrat over a Republican]. He is certainly more popular here than McCain and as America's foreign and economic policy tends to affect the rest of the World, I'm glad we got the one we would have picked if we could vote too.

I found the victory rallies rather surprising! Apart from members of the winning party, we tend not to get too excited about elections here in Britain. Perhaps that's because elections tend to be decided on the results of a few marginal constituencies. Damn first-past-the-post system.

I also hope that problems with the e-voting machines are addressed well before the next election. It seems odd that the Republican party (busy bringing Democracy to the Middle East) voted down a bill to ensure that all states had auditable, paper-based voting systems (a minimum requirement for the burden of proof of election integrity).

Lastly in my non-too-scientific analysis of the US election, I really hope Obama does not get assassinated during his Presidency. I've mentioned this to some of my American friends in the UK, and we came to the conclusion that it was perfectly likely that whoever became President would die in office - Obama from assassination by a Southern White-supremacist nut-job; comedians on Mock the Week (UK satirical news programme) suggested that McCain could be assassinated by popping a balloon behind him - his heart would never take that!

Besides, it's been a while since the last Presidential assassination attempt (excepting the rogue Pretzel acting on behalf of Saddam a few years ago)!

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