Latest Presidential Polls: Why an Electoral College Tie Could Be the Best Thing for America

The 2012 Presidential Election is too close to call. The Washington Post reported that their most recent polling showed the two candidates separated by only 10/100th of a single percentage point – 48.56% for President Obama and 48.49% for Governor Romney.

The best outcome of any presidential election is a mandate for the winning candidate, but unless all the polls are really, really wrong that is not going to happen. It, also, appears unlikely that either party will have a majority in both Houses of Congress. 

For weeks, the “experts” have postulated that President Obama will win the Electoral College but could lose the popular vote by a few million votes – an unprecedented outcome. Vice President Joe Biden said it best (according to Twitter) – this is a “purple country.” 

We are so purple that for the first time since 1800, the Electoral College may end in a tie vote (269 to 269) throwing the election into Congress. A 2012 Electoral College Tie would be settled by the House, with its Republican majority, electing former Governor Romney as President. Then the Senate, with its Democratic majority, would elect Joe Biden as Vice President, just to confound the new president. 

But rather than confound, might this shotgun bi-partisan government be the biggest opportunity to really begin to reform government? In the face of the enormous social and economic challenges facing the nation, could either survive politically if they did not meet-in-the-middle? 

A partnership between the skilled executive with domestic governing experience and the skilled legislator with a track record of working across the aisle might break the Senate’s legislative log jam —were all innovative initiatives (as well as budgets) went to die for the last three years.

Just like President Obama’s retention of Secretary of Defense Gates, a Romney/Biden inauguration would insure a foreign policy transition from one administration to the next – shortening the new president’s learning curve.

Both of these individuals have the maturity, the sense of country before self, and the sense of history to seize the moment.  

While a shotgun bi-partisan government is still an unlikely outcome, it might just be the last best chance to build a sustainable 21st century America.

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Joyce Cordi

Joyce Stoer Cordi is the publisher of Reimage America (www.reimagineamerica.org), a blog/podcast that focuses on the Business of Government based her on 30 years experience in enterprise transformation. Its all about strategy, planning and execution. She has touched almost every major business segment in the 21st century economy and worked with a variety of clients ranging from mature, multi-national Fortune 50/500/1000 companies to embryonic start-ups -- improving their bottom-lines by +/- $1B. She has been active in civic affairs, non-partisan and partisan politics since childhood. Joyce walked her first precinct as a Youth for Kennedy, while still in high school. She was a candidate for Congress from California’s 15th Congressional District in 2008. Her campaign urged voters TO FIRE CONGRESS, and, then, elect more business people and fewer lawyers to US Congress and the California State Legislature. A native Californian, Joyce is a long-time proponent of environmental protections – believing that it is not inconsistent for business to be ethical, responsible, and profitable – simultaneously. To learn more about The Business of Government and Joyce's approach to making government smarter, quicker, cheaper and smaller; visit www.reimagineamerica.org

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