The Idea Dude

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Who will be the next American Presidential Idol?

The final round of American Idol attracted 74 million votes and over 609 million votes were cast over the course of this season's series. This is a staggering number when you consider the total popular vote for the 2004 US presidential elections was under 120 million with George Bush collecting 62 million votes.

While I'm comparing apples to oranges (vote eligibility, duplicate votes etc), it is nevertheless interesting to note that almost as many people voted a 17 year old girl as their favorite singer as they voted for George Bush to be their next president. Perhaps, the next American elections should change their format with 30 candidates and several elimination rounds. If anything, they would attract a wider audience to listen to the issues over the course of several months! How about your favorite Republican singing the blues or Hilary Clinton singing, "New York, New York". Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger proved that it is as much about charisma and character as intellect to win the hearts of the people.

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