Which raises the obvious question: Could Kerry win the presidency but lose the popular vote? At Daily Kos, political scientist Tom Schaller says it’s unlikely but possible, particularly because Kerry is underperforming Gore’s numbers in blue states, including Massachusetts and New Jersey. If that’s not far-fetched enough for you, here’s a scenario I discovered while playing with the Los Angeles Times‘ electoral map: Bush wins Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. Kerry sweeps the rest of the battleground: Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The result: a 269-269 tie. Democrats cry that Bush gets “selected” again, this time by the House of Representatives. Maybe that’s the kind of trick fate plays when you nominate a fan of the Boston Red Sox.
I am starting to think there is only so much gut wrenching I can take this season – the sox-yankees going to 14 innings (and a game 7 ) and god help us the 24 hours (or more) following the election. I am thinking of taking that trip to Greenland just to avoid the whole thing.