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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Even when they're right, Republicans say dumb stuff:
Congress is taking action to make sure that the national no-call list goes into effect.

"Fifty million Americans can't be wrong," Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-Louisiana, declared Wednesday, referring to the number of people who have signed up to block the unwanted solicitations. -- CNN

Actually, here's evidence indicates that 50 million Americans can be very wrong:

Heres' something that I'm sure others have considered, but I hadn't. The electoral college, along with its many other faults, gives two votes per state just for being there, regardless of population, while the other votes are apportioned roughly proportional to population. Gore got 21 * 2 = 42 of these non-proportional votes, while Bush got 30 * 2 = 60. Subtract these out, and the electoral college vote becomes Gore 224, Bush 211. Put Florida properly in Gore's column (+23, not counting those two bogus votes), and it becomes nearly a landslide: Gore 247, Bush 188.

Coming up next: We ask Rep. Tauzin why telemarketing isn't free speech but campaign cash is.