Monday, November 13, 2000

One of the things I've been thinking about with regards to the recent election is how I think there are times that people decide who they are going to vote for, and then figure out the reasons for it after the fact. According to a news story I heard on NPR this morning (and also in various other news reports) that the people who voted for Bush voted for the "more honest and a better leader" and Gore as being "more intellegent and 'cares more'". But I don't really believe that's the reason why people voted for who they voted for -- I think that people make their decision for a whole set of reasons (some issue, and some cultural) and then find reasons like those to justify it. I don't think we have a lot of evidence that Bush is terribly honest either -- we know that he wasn't honest about his DUI arrest, and that a variation of the law that he's challenging in Florida concerning the handcounting of ballots he signed in Texas. And to be bi-partisan, I think that we can't be sure that Gore "cares more" than Bush either.

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