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Not 'Quite' A Landslide

Wednesday, 08 November 2000 12:00 AM

Well, to paraphrase the finger-wagger-in-chief, it depends on what the definition of the word ‘landslide’ is!

Seriously, though, the election results reported thus far have been nothing short of bizarre, with a dead guy and the ice lady being elected to the U.S. Senate and half the voters casting their ballots for a known liar and lawbreaker, Junior Gore.

As far as the prediction goes, the major premise – that the Democrat always gets the same percent of the voting age population – was exactly on the money. For the sixth consecutive presidential election, the Democrat got precisely the same 24 percent as outlined in the forecast.

This fact remains an incredibly consistent result, meaning that no matter what kind of campaign, who the Democrat is, who the Republican is, or what the issues are, the Democrat always gets the same vote.

That's right, the Democrat vote is a static, flat line from election to election, and has been so proven once again.

What is also true, however, is that it is still the

Most bewildering, obvioiusly, is that more Republicans and conservatives did not vote. It is amazing that the total turnout was essentially the same as the 1996 figure of 65 percent of registered voters; that no more people were motivated to vote in this hotly contested election than came out for the bland, predictable race between Clinton and Dole.

It is hard to fathom why, given the clear choice this year, more people simply did not vote.

Was it the relatively sound economy? Was it the fact that the dominant media culture still has more influence than is healthy? Or, perhaps, was it merely mundane complacency?

Do the Rosie O’Donnells, Barbra Streisands and assorted others of their ilk still hold more sway than do common sense and logic?

These are the troubling questions that must be answered, because something is seriously wrong when the lack of participation by the relatively few can so greatly impact the fate of the very many.

This is especially the case when the issues and the candidacy advanced by George W. Bush was so impressive and compelling; and even more so when compared with that of Junior Gore.

We still have no President-elect, whose fate – and identity – is yet to be determined by the vote in Florida. And who knows what might be transpiring, even while we await a recount, that could literally steal the election. This, given the reported irregularities and the preposterous claims of 98 percent turnout in certain heavily-Democrat strongholds, is great cause for concern.

While this entire extraordinary and historic experience is still fresh in our minds we ought take a moment and record our thoughts, so that when all of the nationwide results are fully authenticated and reported, some sense can hopefully be made of it all.

In the meantime, even considering all of the above, the predictions outlined in this space were off, plain and simple. There is no way around it, and it’s important to acknowledge.

NOW FOR A

Darts, anyone?

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.

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