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"the new director of the Environment Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, has proposed that the Florida ballots be sealed for 10 years. "
December 24, 2000 2:24 PM   Subscribe

"the new director of the Environment Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, has proposed that the Florida ballots be sealed for 10 years. " Fuck the Christmas ceasefire. While the Anglo-Saxon world stuffs itself comatose, the forces of conservatism are busy mobilising. Yum.
posted by holgate (15 comments total)

 
These are all early projections at this point, but it could be interesting to see what happens when everything is counted. Right now, it'd be career suicide for Gore to mention this. But once there are real numbers, I think he's got something to run with.

The real solution, of course, is to just put a damn robot in office.
posted by hijinx at 2:48 PM on December 24, 2000


10 years?! Would that be long enough for the GOP to introduce legislation to overturn the Freedom of Information Act? Or does Whitman thing people will stop caring by then?

posted by black8 at 3:01 PM on December 24, 2000


is it really any suprise that republicans want to block access to information?

their very survival is dependent on the supression of information.

*cough nixon cough*

who will be bush's woodward and bernstein?

"Information is the currency of democracy. It's denial must always be suspect."
- Ralph Nader
posted by will at 3:43 PM on December 24, 2000


will: isn't the problem that the quarter-century after Watergate burst at least one of the bubbles of presidential infallibility, and since then, people don't really expect that much of their chief executive? Clinton had a "past" as long as both his arms, and anyone who was "shocked" by his behaviour ought to be informed that both Lincoln and Queen Victoria are dead.

With Bush, though, it's out there from the start. He's likely to be the Teflon President, because he'll never demonstrate either the smarts, or the obsessive capacity to hoard and aggregate power (both Nixon traits) to be damaged by anything that emerges. To invert a 17th-century rhyme, he'll most likely to be in office one "who never does a foolish thing, and never says a wise one."
posted by holgate at 5:30 PM on December 24, 2000


AG-designate Ashcroft is a foe of dancing.

Anyone got a copy of Footloose handy I can borrow?
posted by baylink at 6:04 PM on December 24, 2000


The real solution, of course, is to just put a damn robot in office.

There's an obvious Al Gore joke I could make here, but -- what the hell, I'll be nice. It's Christmas.
posted by webmutant at 8:45 PM on December 24, 2000


Come the millennium, month 12,
In the home of greatest power,
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader.
-- Nostradamus, 1555

Uh Oh.
posted by Poop(*)Head at 9:03 PM on December 24, 2000


According to Salon, it's a bogus quote
posted by gyc at 10:02 PM on December 24, 2000


The Urban Legends Reference Pages back up Salon.

"Nostradamus wrote a lot of stuff so general (and obscure) that with the help of a little imagination (and some liberal interpretations from the original French), people have claimed he has "predicted" nearly every event of significance since the mid-16th century. But nothing in his writings comes close to the quatrain quoted above, even when translated by a first-year French student. This is just another bit of election year humor."
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:27 AM on December 25, 2000


What are the Republicans so afraid of?????? Ten years, hmph! Do they think we're all children?
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 6:30 AM on December 25, 2000


None of this matters when it comes to who won the election.

It would be nice (IMHO) if the popular vote decided the president, but it doesn't. The electoral vote is what elects the president, and that isn't going to change.

In a couple decades we'll look back on this and comment about how wacky it was. But I doubt it will change anything. The process was all higgledy-piggledy (sp?) this year, but it's worked for 200 years and I think it worked this time.

In the mean time we get to spend four years giggling over Bush's ridiculous speaking style. Can't we just be happy with that?
posted by y6y6y6 at 12:45 PM on December 25, 2000


None of this matters when it comes to who won the election.

The possibility that Gore got more votes in Florida doesn't matter?
posted by rcade at 5:43 AM on December 26, 2000


it's worked for 200 years and I think it worked this time.

Well, British rule worked well enough for nearly 200 years, and you still got rid of it. Repeat after me, "all swans are white", and then take a trip to Western Australia.
posted by holgate at 9:28 AM on December 26, 2000


The possibility that Gore got more votes in Florida doesn't matter?

No, not now that the electors have cast their votes, it doesn't. The votes, having been cast, can't be changed.
posted by kindall at 2:52 PM on December 27, 2000


AG-designate Ashcroft is not a foe of dancing, he eschews social dancing for himself. This is not unusual as he is a member of the Assemblies of God (the church which ordained my father) which considers secular music and social dancing to be worldly distractions to be avoided.

What, btw, does that have to do with anything?
posted by Dreama at 8:20 PM on December 27, 2000


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