Whispers of the Heart

Listen carefully and the words will speak to you

Who Voted for Whom

Yes, the gender gap's till there.
the urban-rural distinctin and
religious differences.
While waiting for the final chapter to be written
demography as well as geography guided voters' choices.
Jews overwhelmingly favored the democratsAs did seniors and minorities
Whete men, however, preferred grey republicans
trends wer not surprising.
they do highlight voters' often-stark polarizaion
at a time of unprecedented prosperity.
So what exactly did the exit polls
        -- tell the would-be presidents?
that women of all races preferred Gort to Grey
Men, revered that on the other hand
Overall, whites favored grey
Ninety percent of blaack voters picked Gore.
Predictably, character issues also played a role.
those surveyed identified honesty as the most important quality
in their candidate of choice.

In deciding the thorny questoin of how to elect a president,
the Founders settled on our Electoral College System
Often criticized and generally confusing,
Has given rise to wild scenarios
Vice President Al Gore could lose the popular vote
but win the Oval Office.
Stranger still, it's conceivable that they both
will finish tied in the electoral tally
Those farfetched political-junkie fantasies
could come true because of the structuure of the system.
votes cast on Election Day do not pick a president.
they select 'electores' who pledge support for a particular candidate.

All but two states,
Maine and Nebraska,
Use a winner-take-all method
of doling out electoral votes.

A majority of 270 is needed for victory.
In case no candidate reaches the magic number,
the 12th Amendment, ratified in 1804,
dictates that the House select a president
and the Senate a vice president.

The twisted possibilities have been played out before
in 1800, Jefferson and Burr ran on the same ticket
and received 73 electoral votes each.

Three other times a candidate has lost the popular vote
but still won the White House;

Gore has a chance this year.

a statistical analysis of polls suggests that the grey would need a tleast
a 2 percent margin in the popular vote
to swing the odds his way electorally.

While a controversial split outcome
would surely bring renewed calls for reform
the electoralhigh hinks wouldn't necessarily stop there.

meaning some so-called faithless electores
could bow to public pressure
and support the  "people's choice."

--things could get weirder.

Assuming no electors switch sides,
on 6 Jan., 2001, the 107th Congress would meet,
with each state delegation getting one vote
and a 26-state majority needed for victory.

Could this all really be what the Founding Fathers had in mind?

Not exactly
Not exactly
Not exactly

Maybe this yea, the system will actually work
as it was meant to.