Saturday, January 05, 2008

Could elections ever be delayed in the USA?


Voting booth
Originally uploaded by jeffclavier.
I look at the situation in Pakistan, and I think that a delayed national election could never happen here. Paul McNeil doesn't have a difficult time imagining it. His blog, Nothing is Just One Thing, is an alternate history blog. Well, not really. It's an alternate futures blog. He blogs as if it is a year from now, and in his vision of the America of twelve months from now, Bush is still president, and the elections have yet to be held. From the entry for Monday, January 5th, 2009:
Now that the holiday season is finally over, folks are starting to notice that they’ve gone a full two months without our scheduled elections. The media is getting over their holiday fluff pieces and stories bemoaning the poor Christmas sales. Congress is back in session and promises hearings, investigations, and legislation on the Halloween attacks, delayed election, and treatment of the Mall protesters.

Maybe, just maybe, we can get some more movement about all this.

At this point it is too late to hold elections and get a transition team in place before the 20th. It sounds like Bush has succeeded in extending his term by at least a little bit. A lot of Cantabridgians are staring at their Bush countdown calendars and and bumper stickers and key-chains with with increasing shock that Inauguration Day just may not be coming this year.
Read Nothing is Just One Thing, and you'll likely feel as if the future isn't that far away; we're too close for comfort.

Let's hope that Mr. McNeil is way, way wrong.

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