Republican Saxby Chambliss easily defeated Democrat Jim Martin in yesterday’s U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, putting an end to the outside chance the Democratic Party would get a 60-seat supermajority to prevent Republican filibusters. This is good, not because Chambliss necessarily deserved to be re-elected, but because the Democrats should not run the government carte blanche. No political party should have that kind of unchecked power in federal government, lest its radical elements easily pass legislature not roundly supported by those representing the middle ground between political ideologies.

Meanwhile, the recount in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race continues, with Democrat Al Franken gaining 37 votes on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman’s lead due to the sudden discovery of 171 ballots that weren’t counted on election night. That seems suspicious to me. Why does it seem every election recount results in discovery of uncounted ballots? Either there are a lot of votes that go uncounted in elections with uncontested results, or subversive political operatives regularly plant new votes when recounts take place. Neither case is good for democracy.

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