Wednesday, February 18, 2009

America's--Israeli Election

An Israel election official holding a ballot while tallying votes at the Knesset in Jerusalem last week.

What would happen if America's 2008 Presidential Election had run under Israel's election rules?

Hillary Clinton's Progressive Democratic Party composed of centrist defectors from the Democratic and Republican parties, wins 100 seats in the 435 seat lower house of Congress but Barack Obama, winner of the Democratic Party nomination, picks up 47 seats that otherwise would have gone to Hillary.

The leading right-wing parties composed of Fred Thompson's 96 votes, Libertarian Ron Paul's 54 and Christian Conservative Mike Huckabee 34, totals 184 seats. Adding seats from John McCain's National Service Party (19); Mitt Romney's New Economy Party (15); Sara Palin's Energy Independence Party (12) and Newt Gingrich's Win the Future Party (10) all right-wing parties total 240 seats, a clear majority.

As no single party won a solo majority, the Speaker of the House would have to decide which parties Presidential candidate should try to form a government. Nancy Pelosi could ask Hillary Clinton to form a government but the right wing parties could respond by forming a "blocking coalition" of 240 votes to guarantee that Hillary's coalition would fail. If Pelosi refused to invite Thompson to form a government, candidates would gear up for a re-run of the Presidential contest. The cycle would begin again and we would still not have chosen a President.

If that kind of process seems chaotic, that's because it is.

Rest here by John Wohlstetter,