» The end effect: For a country constantly overwhelmed by chaos, it’s just another thing. Nearly all of the major candidates protested the results, claiming that they were skewed in favor of current president Rene Preval’s government. They said as much in a statement: ”We are asking the men and women of Haiti to organize peacefully against the Preval government. We are asking everyone to mobilize.” Haiti needed a good day today. Instead, they got another bad one. If the election results are a sham, may the people who slanted them feel the wrath of the international community. Surely Wyclef Jean, of all people, would’ve done better than this.
» Pundits, shmundits. If you want to know how people really think elections will turn out, best turn to the betting markets, where people actually pay a price for bad predictions. Chris Good at The Atlantic scoured three betting sites, and tallied the odds they gave various politicians of becoming the next POTUS. Obama is at the top at all three sites; bettors are split on whether Romney or Palin is the second most likely. Frankly, we’re skeptical of the inclusion of some names (is anybody really expecting Joe the Plumber to run for president?), but hey, it’s fun to see where people put their money.
» Critics say it’s a sham: Well, let’s see. Foreign journalists won’t be allowed in the country during tomorrow’s elections. Nor will independent observers. And the leader of the opposition party, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, is currently under house arrest and largely has been since the last election. Wonder what makes them think that this election is a sham.
» And possibly an all-time record, too: The tally of early ballots looks to get very close to 2008’s record. Will it top it? Either way, it’s a record for a midterm election.
He says she lacks the “gravitas” to be president in 2012. Now, let’s admit it. There’s probably a few people who agree with this assessment completely. But this is Karl Rove, so you know that there’s probably more going on here. And of course, during his interview with the Daily Telegraph, he also stuck the dagger in: “With all due candour, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office’.” Our take? Karl Rove gets no benefit from Tea Partiers getting more influence. And, well, let’s face it. Common sense (which we learned from Mr. Hanley in our AP Government class) dictates that if you’re running for political office, you need to appeal to the center to win elections. Karl gets that. The Tea Party, in some ways, fights this logic completely. source
the green party candidate for Governor of Illinois is named “Rich Whitney.” However, due to a big mistake (or intentional shenanigans) on someone’s part, his name will be misspelled as “Rich Whitey” on some electronic voting machines - about half of them in predominantly African-American areas. What’s worse, election officials say it’s too late to correct the error. Whitney is contemplating legal action (rightfully so, if you ask us). source