electoral colleges and the 2000 presidential election – what I learned from watching recount

I absolutely hate watching movies where I know what the outcome will be – and that it will not be a good one. That is how I felt watching Recount. I was rooting for them. I really was hoping Gore would win, while knowing he wouldn’t… And that’s why those kind of films suck. They make you invested even while you know what the outcome will be.

For anyone confused as to what I’m talking about, Recount is a film chronicling the few weeks after the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush when they performed recounts of the votes in Florida. We all know who won. Sadly. The reason for watching this movie in class is because we’re on the topic of the American presidential election process. It was not an easy movie to watch, mostly because I was boiling with rage. It did have Kevin Spacey though and I have a certain fondness in my heart for that guy, so…

Anyway, the American election process. I somehow knew about the American process before I knew the Norwegian and so I was surprised when I found out that they were quite different (if you know about the Norwegian process, you’ll know how daft my assumption was). The electoral college doesn’t exist here and the thought of that happening in Norway is actually quite absurd. This country has a parliamentary system but the power of election is still placed fully on the Norwegian people. Does that mean the stupidity of electing Bush for two terms in a row isn’t due to the people, but the electoral college? They definitely have some shit to explain.

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