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Thursday, May 26, 2005

John Kerry Wishes He Thought of It

French leaders are in a full-bore panic this morning over the impending referendum on the EU Constitution. Reports are that it will it will be voted down conclusively, effectively throwing a giant wrench into Jacques Chirac's plan for world domination (or whatever).

What interests me is not so much the outcome, but the process itself. Many of the EU member countries didn't even hold a referendum, instead letting the parliament decide. Countries find this convenient because it avoids all that voting nonsense, and guarantees that Diebold won't be able to rig the election. No doubt Chirac would have preferred that method, but pressure from the peasants forced his hand.

Now that it's apparent that the constitution won't pass in France, the sitting president of the EU has come up with a novel idea:
"The countries that have said No will have to ask themselves the question again. And if we don't manage to find the right answer, the treaty will not enter into force"
Of course, a do-over! What better way to guarantee a fair (and correct) outcome? Let me remind you that these are the people that would presumably be running the "global test" John Kerry talked about during the campaign. Nothing like democracy, European style.

Special Note: The Limburg Letter will go on hiatus until Monday. I'll be doing some field work in Las Vegas, important stuff. Enjoy the weekend.


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