Tuesday, July 13, 2004
On the one hand, "if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail". If the nation doesn't consider what to do in the event of a rending national catastrophe, then if it happens we will have no idea what to do - guaranteeing an election dispute that'll make this last four years look like trying to figure out which movie to rent at Blockbuster.Readers of the Volokh Conspiracy will have already found several examples of how the law is already elastic enough to handle the possibility of voting interruption, just as markets can handle predictions such as whether Osama will be caught by Christmas. (About 3-1 against; look under Current Events->Intl Events. Zarqawi is about 50/50 to be neutralized by year-end.) And if you go to US Presidential Election, you can see the bet that the election is certified on December 13th, the current date set for meeting the Electoral College (a little less than 5-1 in favor.)
On the other hand - as we saw during last year's Terror Market controversy or the "Duct Tape" advisories last year, if a government institution even considers a point that is emotionally loaded enough to torque a significant minority, then that point will go unconsidered. Every time.
There are always plans. There are always obstacles. There is always creativity, if only it is allowed to work.