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Unformatted text preview: lks in th e mid d le. Bu t in A u s tralia, as p o litical s ch o lars No rman Orn s tein an d Th o mas M an n p o in ted o u t recen tly : " [T]h e way to g ain v o tes d o es n o t co me fro m wo rkin g th e b as e to a fev er p itch . [It co mes ] fro m p ers u ad in g th e cen tris ts —th e s ame kin d s o f v o ters wh o are in creas in g ly left o u t o f th e A merican p o litical p ro ces s . In A u s tralia, a can d id ate ap p ealin g to th e extremes is d es tin ed fo r failu re." Natio n al lead ers in A u s tralia are th erefo re elected b y v irtu ally th e en tire ad u lt p o p u latio n , acro s s th e b o ard , reflectin g th e ag g reg ate will o f th e p eo p le ... as o p p o s ed to th e A merican way —wh ich in v o lv es o n ly h alf th e ad u lt p o p u latio n , with id eo lo g ical o v er-rep res en tatio n . A n d ju s t imag in e th e o th er p erks o f co mp u ls o ry v o tin g (b ecau s e all we can d o is imag in e). Fo r s tarters , th e two p arties an d th e well-h eeled s p ecial in teres t g ro u p s wo u ld n o lo n g er n eed to rais e an d s p en d ten s o f millio n s o f d o llars to g in u p v o ter tu rn o u t (n o mo re lab o r u n io n p h o n e b an ks , n o mo re Ko ch Bro th ers s tealth mo n ey ) b ecau s e th e v o ters wo u ld b e p re-g in n ed . Bu t h ere's th e real clin ch er: Co mp u ls o ry v o tin g —th e n o tio n th at cas tin g a b allo t is a civ ic res p o n s ib ility an d s o cietal o b lig atio n —wo u ld effectiv ely to rp ed o th e far-flu n g Rep u b lican mis s io n to h in d er certain categ o ries o f p eo p le fro m v o tin g . W h ich is wh y th e Rep u b lican s wo u ld n ev er en d o rs e s u ch an id ea. Oh well, it's b ack to A u g u s t. W h at's th at ro d eo clo wn u p to ? ------Fo llo w me o n Twitter, @d ickp o lman 1 « More from National Interes t Support local journalis m. Mak e your gift today. Be come a me mbe r. BLOGS Comments SHAPIRO ON THEATER # the uninformed — pollman 2013-08-15 11:31 W h o is to s ay th at th e u n in fo rmed p eo p le wh o d o n 't b o th er to v o te n o w wo u ld b e " cen tris ts " ? W o u ld n 't id eo lo g ical g ro u p s b e s p en d in g ju s t as mu ch mo n ey to p ers u ad e th em? Ho war d Sh ap ir o Review: The 'Allerg is t's Wife' breathes freely: Bo y d Gain es is an acto r in films , b u t with fo u r More » Rep ly # Wouldn't work — tom - wilmington, de 2013-08-15 13:09 Sin ce wh ite v o ters exceed th e co mb in ed to tal o f b lack, latin o an d A s ian v o ters , b o th p arties wo u ld s lan t th eir camp aig n s to cap tu rin g th at p ercen tag e o f...
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