Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Judgments of the Sanhedrin

In Ancient Israel, the Sanhedrin were the highest court. Composed of a lot of judges, sometimes as many as 71, they had an unusual rule about unanimous verdicts, in that a man found guilty by unanimous vote was set free, but if any members voted for acquittal while the majority voted guilty, the accused was punished for his crime. Moreover, there was no secret ballot or even simultaneous ballot, so this would leave the last Sanhedrin member to decide in a sometimes awkward position if the vote was unanimous when it came to him.

Vote guilty and the guy goes free. Vote innocent and he's in for it. What's an honest judge to do?

Well, hypothetical question asker, first find an honest judge and then I'll get back to you.

I bring this up now because over at The Huffington Post, pundits were asked for their opinion as to how the election will come out. While HuffPo is a liberal website, people from all over the political spectrum made their opinions known, including conservatives such as Karl Rove, George Will, Fox News' Morton Kondrake and several Republican consultants. The overwhelming number of picks are going for Barack Obama.

Overwhelming as in all but one.

The lone holdout is Fred Barnes, the guy who runs The Weekly Standard, and a pretty low standard it sets. Fred a.k.a. Beetle thinks McCain is going to pull off the narrow upset. Fred stands alone in this, as the cheese often does.

Fred is also one of those guys who thinks Sarah Palin is the ginchiest, so this isn't the first time he's exhibited R.F.S. in public.

I did want to thank Beetle for being the brave Sanhedrin to go against the rest of the yapping class, vote with his heart instead of his head, both of which are on the stunted side.

Of course, being made president isn't exactly like being punished by a guilty verdict, though right now, cleaning up after the messes of George W. Bush doesn't sound like a job I'd want.

As for pundits, I put more trust in gambling scumbags, and the crowd over at Intrade.com now have Obama at over 90 dollars to win while McCain is under 10.

Predictions are all well and good, but there's still work to be done. Since I already voted by mail, I'm going down to the Oakland Convention Center to get on the phone banks for a couple hours this morning. If you have any questions yourself, the links below can help you find the answers.

It really is almost over.

And I really do have hope.

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Karen Zipdrive said...

Give 'em Hell, Matty Boy.

dguzman said...

God, this day has been a long time coming. From the day the first slave ship came over here, through the Civil War, through Jim Crow, through MLK's march, through it all--it's been a damn long time coming.

namastenancy said...

I got out early and was heartened by the spirit of determination on every face in the place. We all know how much is riding on this election. I'm not much of a public party person but if Obama wins, I'll be out in the street, crying with joy and filled with more optimism than I've felt in ages. Let him win and let there also be a Democratic majority in the house that's far sighed, principled and ethical. This election is not just for us but for our future. When I think of that future, I see the tiny innocent face of "the Peach," the newborn daughter of a friend, my great-nieces and nephews, the kids at the Child Care Center where I've done volunteer work. I ant to leave them a better world than the one they came in. If American votes in a black man, then I'll know that the forces of democracy are stronger than the forces of bigotry and hate. Not by much, mind you - and the battle is not won - but what a historic day this will be!

America- Walt Whitman
Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,
All, all alike endear'd, grown, ungrown, young or old,
Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,
Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,
A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,
Chair'd in the adamant of Time.

Matty Boy said...

Karen, dg, nancy... thanks for all your hard work. It's the best day after an election in my entire life.

By a bunch.