THE FINAL HOURS

Greetings,

It’s the final days of the U.S. Presidential election. All the energies and efforts of both John Kerry and George W. Bush are focused on key swing states like Ohio and Florida, where it’s just too close to call at this point. Basically, with the race as tight as it is, Kerry and Bush need to win at least one of those electoral college-rich states to secure an advantage. The arcane rules of the electoral college–formerly not that important, now, after the 2000 election, a source of irritation amongst Republicans and Democrats alike–ensures that no matter what happens, the candidates need to nail down as many swing states as possible.

Tuesday marks a milestone moment in American history: either we continue the path we’re on now with Bush, or we chart a different course with Kerry that yields to more international co-operation. At least, we hope.

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