Eaglie's Aviary

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Who's Better at Democracy Right Now? Iran or Minnesota?

Amidst this flurry of recounts, Tweets, and court subpoenas, is Iran or Minnesota better at democracy? Iran is an oppressive dictatorship, unable to hold the mantle of Islamic Republic. Minnesota spent the last eight months making Florida look positively normal.

Two elections have concluded, and the two made the world both shake and bury its hands in disgust. But, they're done! Boy, are they done. As of today, Al Franken will be the Honorable Senator Al Franken of Minnesota. In Iran, the populist choice Mir-Hossein Mousavi will not be president, sadly.

So the woes are over, with democracy restored for everyone, right? Maybe not for conservatives in the United States. And it still took Minnesota eight months and a gigantic court fight. And Iran's still under an oppressive regime and system of government. So at least Iran has an excuse for not being good at democracy.

What's your excuse, Minnesota?