This just in…. the Electoral College voted today to make Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States!
What’s that, you say? Is this really news? Well, yes! Don’t be fooled by all the celebrations and festivities since November 4 — without today’s vote in his favor, Obama would have had as much trouble getting to the inauguration as the rest of us will!
Some people say that the Electoral College is an anachronism. In fact, Senator Bill Nelson has introduced legislation to abolish this antiquated structure that caused so much trouble in the 2000 election, in which Al Gore won the majority of popular votes but lost on the Electoral College vote (remember hanging chads in West Palm Beach? Oh, how quickly time flies!). I doubt that the Nelson bill will get very far; the steam has gone out of the abolition movement. The voters this time were far more decisive.
Congress had to convene today to certify the Electoral College vote. Some lawmakers were annoyed that the need to be present for the vote conflicted with the Bowl Championship Series game between the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners. Congressman Cliff Sterns of Florida asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Trinity ’62) to postpone the Electoral College session so that he and his buddies could be in Miami for the bowl game.
Speaker Pelosi denied the request.
And in the most unkind cut of all, a writer for the L.A. Times made this ignorant observation about our Nancy’s decision to put the nation’s business ahead of football:
“What does she know about football? She went to Trinity College in Washington, which doesn’t have a team.”
I am not making this up. You can read it here.
No problem, really, we let the boys have their games. We’re concentrating on educating the women who really rule the world!