So, I'm up watching the US election results show. Projections are looking good for Obama so far - whew! I'm not sure I really grok this whole Electoral College system, though. It sounds a bit overly complicated. Wouldn't it make more sense to divide it down by county, if one vote / result per state isn't enough? Or, you know, do it by actual votes cast? Or would that be too obvious? Heheh. Maybe that makes sense to me because it'd be pretty much the same as it works here (each constituency elects one MP by popular votes cast, the leader of the party with the most MPs at the end of it gets to be Prime Minister). But then, the presidential votes aren't tied to the votes for congress, so I spose that's not much different to when we have elections for national and local government at the same time. Except for the part where your actual individual vote seems like it counts more... I dunno. Hmm. I don't know enough about it. Anyone want to educate me?
I am feeling vaguely, well, not quite irritated, but exasperated perhaps, by the interview I saw with Jesse Jackson. Not all of it, but the part where he said that if Obama is elected then it shows that any black, hispanic, or woman can do anything... and if they can in America, then why not in the rest of the world too, like in England or France. Um. Did he miss the part where we had a female PM for over a decade, and how Germany currently has a female Chancellor? Although maybe he was reasonably enough thinking more of the ethnic minority side of things, because I don't know about the rest of Europe (oh, ignorance!) but I do agree with that. We have to be dropping the ball in terms of proportional representation, and definitely in senior government. *sigh* Once again I don't really know, but I certainly have the impression that there are very few in the Commons and perhaps a few more appointees in the Lords. Come on Britain - are we going to let those Yanks get one up on us? Tcha!! ;-) I certainly hope what's happening in the US has some effect here as well. Fingers crossed!