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Wed Feb 9 02:28:31 MSK 2005
On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 21:02:46 +0000,
Thomas Adam <thomas at edulinux.homeunix.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 08, 2005 at 01:59:40PM -0700, mso at oz.net wrote:
> > Of course there's only one Arnold; he's governor of California right
> > now.
> Heh. That always makes me laugh. It seems America has a habit
> (addiction?) to electing previous film actors into politics. Ronald
> Regen, being the prime example. Any particular reason for this? :)
Ronald Reagan, actually. (Note spelling.)
But as for particular reason, I don't know. I wasn't alive for most of
his presidency, so I am not in a position to directly judge how well he
did. But on the other hand, I have at my disposal all the information
(archived newspapers, press releases and whatnot) that the average
American had during that time period *plus* the advantage of hindsight
*plus* any addition information that may have been written, so you could
also argue I should be able to have a *more* accurate view *now* than
someone living *then* had *then*. But presumably *not* as accurate as
the view of someone who lived *then* has *now*. Read the sentence again,
it actually makes sense, trust me on this one. :-)
But I digress.
Voter turnout of the voting age population hovers around 60%, so if the
40% that doesn't vote suddenly started voting, they would constitute
about 28% of the new voting population, which, if they were all
like-minded, would be enough to swing most any election.
Put another way, if everybody who doesn't vote did, they could run the
All this to say, in a country like this, lots of strange things happen.
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