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October 29, 2006

Sacre Bleu!

A George Will column we agree with!

For over two centuries before Congress passed HAVA, Americans voted. Really. Unlike today, those who were elected -- Clay, Webster, Lincoln and lesser lights -- often were more complex and sophisticated than the voting machinery.

Using pencils to make marks on paper and later using machines to punch holes in paper ballots, voters -- without federal help; imagine -- caused Congresses and presidents to come and go. States ran elections; some ran them better than others. Some ballots have been better designed than others, as have some voting machines. Most have been adequate. The gross defects of American voting practices were laws that established or permitted discrimination and other abuses. Tardily, but emphatically, those laws were changed and other abuses were halted.

Then came 2000 and Florida and the 36-day lawyers' scrum about George W. Bush's 537-vote margin of victory. In response to which, Congress passed HAVA, which in 2006 may produce fresh confirmation of the prudential axiom that the pursuit of the perfect is the enemy of the good.

It's excellent, too. Savor the anomie, cheries! Ou sont nos Gauloises?

Meanwhile, yet another Iraqi speaks out against partition. Is anyone listening?

We doubt it.

Posted by Cassandra at October 29, 2006 11:16 AM

Comments

I shall take thy quill and make my mark;
And though it might be rough as tender goes,
It shall be mine own. And Fine. And True.
And none other shall make it for me.
And that mark shall last past the end of my days.

Posted by: obstanto at October 29, 2006 10:47 PM

Mon dieu! Cette panique menée à la gaffe.

Isn't there some sort of guarantee that a hasty bipartisan action will produce idiocies like this?

Posted by: karrde at October 29, 2006 11:39 PM

I shall take thy quill and make my mark...
And none other shall make it for me.

Even so :) We make things so complicated, when they could be so simple.

Posted by: Cassandra at October 30, 2006 05:36 AM

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