Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In other news... (why is this news?)

1. Gordon Brown finally finds someone more unpopular than him, and urges the media to get stuck in.

2. Conclusive proof Amanda Knox is innocent: her mother says so.

3. Tinfoil sales soar as the US election nears.* Could the Republicans steal the vote? Maybe says Peter Tatchell on the Indie's website; why aren't we more worried about it? and why don't people take the suggestion that Kerry threw the last election because he was a member of Skull and Bones seriously? asks Keith Mothersson.

You can't wholly scoff at this: US politics is a dirty, shambolic and often corrupt business (à la 2000 election in Florida); but good old incompetence is often the best explanation for things, as Brett Lock argues. You can't just say that cock-ups trump conspiracies, but note that the cock-ups and are generally what allow the "conspirators" to take advantage of them. Here's Time magazine on all the things that could go wrong, there's quite a few.

But in Ohio, the epicentre of claims of wrong-doing last time, I reckon a repeat is pretty unlikely. Unlike in 2004, the Democrats now control the state (perhaps the Republicans forgot to reset their voting machines in 2006) and I think it unlikely, to say the least, that they would be in on a grand conspiracy to rob their man (although they did, amusingly, misspell Joe the Plumber's name). Were a lot of Democrat voters to be turned away from the polls this time round, that really would be the cock-up to end all cock-ups.

* Obviously if Chuck Baldwin steals it in West Virginia I will look like a fool.

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Blogger Glamourpuss said...

Brand could learn a lot from Manuel.


3:14 pm  
Blogger bill said...

What being hit over the head repeatedly with a pan, while being kicked and mocked and derided by his boss? Yeah, that'd be fun to watch.

12:59 pm  

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