Tom's Thoughts

Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Disturbing Thought

My wife was in a cast for six weeks, and she still is out of work while her broken foot continues to recover. Therefore, I haven't been able to blog as much as I otherwise would.

But something occurred to me last night, and I have to post it.

If Sandra Day O'Connor, in Bush v. Gore in 2000 had ruled in favor of the Constitution instead of the Republican Party, then Joe Lieberman would have the inside track for the Democratic nomination for President.

Scary thought.

You know about Holy Joe, of course. He was such a loyal Bush supporter and Iraq War fan that he deserted his own party to vote consistently with the Bush side of the aisle.

The Democratic voters of Connecticut didn't appreciate that, so they mounted a campaign that caused Ned LaMont to beat Lieberman in the primary. Well, Holy Joe wouldn't take it lying down, so he became an independent and got the Democratic Party Establishment to endorse him in the general election, which he won. So now, he calls himself an Independent, caucuses with the Democrats, and votes with the Republicans. He has even endorsed and campaigned for John McCain in the current race for the White House.

So maybe a LITTLE good came out of the 2000 election fiasco. Only a little.

I'd like to see someone publish a book about what might have been. Alternate histories have been popular for some time. I'd like to see an alternate history of the Gore Administration.

First, Bush's buddy, Osama bin Laden, would have been hunted down and either killed or captured.

Therefore, 9/11 wouldn't have happened.

Saddam Hussein would be contained, with weapons inspectors on hand to keep him in line.

The U. S. would have signed onto the Kyoto Protocols, and we would be making progress toward solving the global warming crisis.

Gasoline would be beginning to approach $2 a gallon.

Al Gore would not have won a Grammy, nor would he have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

So we might have lost a LITTLE by having the Constitution upheld in 2000.

Well, we'll keep dreaming.