Neither Bush or Kerry a Possibility?
Speaking on Larry King Friday night, Walter Cronkite predicted that we will not know the winner of the election until April due to litigation. I doubt this will be the case as most likely any court battles, to be meaningful, will have to be concluded around the scheduled mandated by the Constitution for the electors to choose the next President. On the other hand, do we dare distrust anything Walter Cronkite has to say?
There have been a number of scenarios published in which the electoral college winds up in a tie and goes to the House. It has been noted recently on some blogs that the Constitution then calls for the House to choose the next President by deciding among the top three candidates in the electoral college. This opens up the possibility of someone besides Kerry or Bush becoming President.
The Republicans would dominate any such vote (assuming they retain control of the House, which appears likely) virtually guaranteeing that a Republican would be chosen. However, many Republicans realize that George Bush is not fit for the job, and has caused considerable harm to the country. They might support Bush in a two way race out of party loyalty, but what if there was another Republican choice? If the race winds up with neither candidate achieving 270 electoral votes, perhaps the Democrats should cast a few votes for a moderate Republican. This would allow the House to still chose a Republican, but one who would be less damaging to the country than George Bush. John McCain's name has been the obvious suggestion here.