Monday, January 14, 2008

Forcing your vote to matter

It's not a stretch of the imagination to think that the whole presidential race is just a matter of numbers. Dollars and polls, nothing more. More dollars means better polls. Better polls means more dollars. With the strategies of major players exposed to analysis like a Risk board waiting for the game to resume the next night, you console yourself by arguing that the game is not over before it's begun. That blasted human element comes in handy at unexpected times, and despite clear examples where certain candidates, or at least their future deputy chief of staff, whittle an election down to the last little districts, there is still the possibility that we can resist the pull of the statistically inevitable, even if just a little. We can do so by playing our own strategy in response.

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