I enjoy chaos.
I’m not sure if I enjoyed chaos first which led all of my D&D characters to be chaotic evil, or if my 9th level wizard, 20th level paladin, or 7th level cleric (spellcasters never lasted long if I was at the helm) just to name a few – who were all CE – led me to my love of non-order.
In the world of the American presidency, this enjoyment of chaos has enabled me to live through a trio of chaotic events.
I have seen a President resign (see Nixon, 1974).
I have seen a President impeached (see Clinton, 1998).
I have seen a presidential election decided by an outside party (see Bush v Gore and the Supreme Court of the United States, 2000).
With that troika under my belt, there is one item still missing in my menagerie of chaos.
I have yet to witness a tie in the Electoral College and I was hoping that this year could be the year.
In the Electoral College, there are a total of 538 votes. To win the Presidency a candidate needs 270 votes to win. There is a possibility (slim though it is) that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney could both win a combination of states that give them each 269 (there’s your number for the day) votes in the Electoral College. For this to occur, the President needs to win the following states…
California (55 Electoral College votes)
District of Columbia (3)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (14)
New Mexico (5)
New York (29)
Rhode Island (4)
…and Governor Romney wins all the rest.
If that happens the first thing that will happen is that I will throw a huge party to celebrate this political achievement.
Then, what occurs, is that the election of the President of the United States of America goes to the House of Representatives (the 114th Congress version) so sayeth the 12th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In a fascinating twist, the selection of the Vice President of the United States becomes the responsibility of the new United States Senate.
So, with the possibility that the House remains under Republican control and the Senate under Democratic control, January 20, 2013 could see the beginning of a Romney/Biden administration.
Oh, happy chaotic day that would be!