Not many people, with the exception of political science students or teachers know much about the election process for the President of the United States.
First, there is the electoral college that Benjamin Franklin founded. That was because he didn't believe the average person had the sense or knowledge of the newly founded republic. We are stuck with that archaic bit of political nonsense but those who know how to play the games are delighted with it.
Then there is the delegate count that each aspiring candidate has to reach before they can be nominated. You figure it out. Let's see. You remember Al Gore won the popular vote but then President George Bush won the electoral college vote. If that didn't confuse enough people in the United States the Supreme Court got into the act. By a one vote count Bush 43 was named President.
I say named because I don't know if he got elected or appointed. So for the first time in an American election for President the court of nine Justices, none of whom are elected cast our vote aside and declared the President. In my opinion this voided the votes of millions of Americans.
If you are confused about the process don't feel alone; there are millions of Americans is the same state of confusion. Really, how does the system work? So here is my suggestion on how to further screw up the system. We allow CNN or Fox news or any combination of media outlets decide the outcome.
Now bear with me. CNN takes a poll of unending categories: who will older females vote for, who will younger females vote for, who will older men vote for, who will younger men vote for? Now let's really find out who mustached men will likely vote for. How about men with full beards or goatees, who will they vote for? Who will women who wear makeup vote for or women who do not wear makeup vote for...and the unending and relenting questions move on.
After all the results are tabulated John King can go to his technologically expanded score board with colors and dancing numbers. Who are these people that are likely voters creating a plus 4 or minus 4 margin of error? They never say. But that's ok.
Now here is where it gets more confusing: the announcer goes to the battleground states that are usually the ones with the heaviest number of electoral college votes. Then the mathematics begin to play an important part of the process.
After some of the possibilities are graded it would appear that candidate X will be the winner or by another similar poll at another station Y will be declared the winner. Now by the election date CNN will say:"we can't be sure but if our numbers are correct President X will be elected. However, it appears closer than we thought at first so possibly President Y will win." Dance around the flag boys.
Now the whole country is confused but I'll leave it up to the media. With all their statistics that would drive an actuary to drink they should elect our next President. After all we all vote but whose vote counts?
Yours or the electoral college that Benjamin Franklin founded? The popular vote? We know that doesn't count unless you have the electoral college count. So in reality in how many states does the candidate need to be elected. CNN and FOX know.
So, as they do so effectively today let them play with their toys and decide who our next President will be. After all, what can be more fair than a bunch of high priced anchor people electing the President for us? It seems to me that would be better than no one really knowing how the vote actually works.
Aint' politics fun? Only if you learn how to play the game.