My children are on my mind a lot, because they are intelligent, articulate, vivacious, energetic and a lot of fun to be around. They also count really well and really fast. I wish now, though, that we lived in Minnesota. Al Franken would have been declared the winner in the same year as the election.
I realize that counting ballots takes a while, especially when there are so many excited and engaged voters participating. And I haven’t seen the HBO movie Recount, yet, but I’m starting to get flashbacks of Bush-Gore 2000. And the Coleman camp is now threatening to file legal action because the count didn’t go their way. And I have to echo Will over at Will Rhodes Portmanteau when he asks the question, “Is this the real face of American democracy?“
1. Candidates run.
2. Citizens vote.
3. Votes are counted.
4. One person wins.
My children can count to four.
And while I realize the Democrats are trying to count to sixty, and the Republicans are trying to count to forty-one, I think we all need to start worrying more about the big picture issues (economy? Afghanistan?) and stop with the stuff that doesn’t really count.