This election has me rather stunned, though I had thought to steel myself for Anything. Anything is what we got, but I feel like we’re playing Freeze Dance and the DJ walked away leaving me frozen on one foot, waiting to exhale.
Interesting tidbit: In small towns and counties, it’s not unusual (about 40 in 500) for a single vote to put a candidate in the winner’s circle and Ties do happen. There are a variety of ways in which tied elections are settled. Some are decided by drawing lots or other games of chances. Others lead to a runoff or special election. Still others are decided by some third party such as the legislature or a high-ranking elected official. In one case in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1891, it was settled with a 200-yard footrace. In that case William Simms seemed to be cruising to an easy victory for County Treasurer when he tripped and fell 3 yards from the finish line allowing Frank Hollowell to win the race instead.
A footrace between our Presidential candidates sounds pretty pathetic, but maybe a game of chance? Trivial pursuit, baby boomer edition?
Before the Bush v. Gore debacle in 2000, there had been only three presidents elected without a plurality of the popular votes. Since then, it has happened twice, now possibly three times, but that’s the way we do it here in America, where the losers win in the electoral college.
It’s a beautiful day and we all need to go for a walk, doncha think? Inhale. Exhale. Don’t worry. Everything is okay.