Friday, August 19, 2005

What They Did Last Fall

NYTimes: Opinion: What They Did Last Fall by PAUL KRUGMAN
By running for the U.S. Senate, Katherine Harris, Florida's former
secretary of state, has stirred up some ugly memories. And that's a
good thing, because those memories remain relevant. There was at
least as much electoral malfeasance in 2004 as there was in 2000,
even if it didn't change the outcome. And the next election may be

We aren't going to rerun the last [elections]. But what about
the future?

Our current political leaders would suffer greatly if either house
of Congress changed hands in 2006, or if the presidency changed
hands in 2008. The lids would come off all the simmering scandals,
from the selling of the Iraq war to profiteering by politically
connected companies. The Republicans will be strongly tempted to
make sure that they win those elections by any means necessary. And
everything we've seen suggests that they will give in to that

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