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Presidential miscellany

  1. Well, my candidate got walloped but good in the Virginia primary yesterday. I voted for Edwards, who won a respectable 26.76% of the vote, but Kerry pulled down almost twice as many votes statewide. Oh well. I have nothing against Kerry, so congrats to him. And so long to Gen. Clark, who apparently will pull out of the race this afternoon.
  2. Here in my home precinct, turnout was startlingly low. I suspected as much, when I arrived at the polls this morning at 6:15 AM and I was only the third voter. By the end of the day, only 188 people had made it to the polling place. Pathetic. I think turnout was depressed because they moved the polling location from the conveniently-located county building to the inconveniently-located new elementary school on the edge of town. My precinct is home to a lot of low-income voters, and the old location was within easy walking distance of the low-income neighborhoods. The new location is not within easy walking distance of anything. In fact, it's not even in the precinct, as this map demonstrates.
  3. I was talking to my niece Hannah this evening about the Presidential election, and when I mentioned that one of the Democratic candidates was named Dennis Kucinich, she observed that his name sounds like a Dr. Seuss character. She has a good point. I don't know why I never noticed it before.
  4. I pointed out to boliver this afternoon that with the exception of the 1996 election, there has been someone named George Bush on the Presidential ballot every election year since 1980, which fact boliver pronounced "scary." I agreed, but pointed out that the streak would come to an end this year... unless the Democratic nominee wins and President Bush runs again in 2008.

    And no, it's not unheard of. In 1888 (big snow that year), President Grover Cleveland was defeated for re-election by Benjamin Harrison. Four years later, Cleveland was again the Democratic nominee, and that time he won, making him the only US President to serve two non-consecutive terms. Something similar happened in 1912. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, a progressive Republican, was nominated by the Progressive Party to run against the conservative Republican President William Howard Taft. Roosevelt trounced Taft in the general election, but both finished behind the Democratic nominee, Woodrow Wilson. Thus ends today's exercise in pedantry.

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