Not all votes created equal - Greg Gelpi

The show is over. Go home. Votes have been cast in Iowa and New Hampshire, and political pundits are already anointing John Kerry the Democratic candidate for president.

Spending more money than a small country, Democratic candidates scoured every nook and cranny of these two states in hopes of shoving their political views into every heart and mind.

Don't be fooled. Howard Dean, the clear-thinking and rational man he is, reminds us that this is a national campaign. The war to take back the country isn't over as he puts it.

Grab a piece of scratch paper, scribble that down and stick it on the fridge with a Sponge Bob magnet.

If and when the candidates come to little ole Georgia, we'll see for ourselves how much of a national campaign this really is.

You can say two plus two equals three all you want, but it still equals four. The primary race is not a national race, but a race that gives these same two states every four years some mystical place above all others.

I'm no political guru, but is it a mere coincidence that Dick Gephardt jumped ship already and other candidates are significantly scaling down their campaigns?

All of Gephardt's supporters in Georgia are out of luck. Sorry folks, but the almighty people of Iowa have decided for you that he isn't the candidate for you. He bowed out before the first vote was cast in 49 of the 50 states.

Carol Moseley Braun stepped out of the race as well.

Joe Lieberman went as far as to rent an apartment in New Hampshire. If he crashes in a hotel room for a night while campaigning in Georgia, we should count ourselves worthy.

It makes no sense for primaries to be staggered, rather than all at once, and maybe Georgia will have more than two Democratic candidates to choose from if the preceding primaries deem the state worthy.

And the primaries are just the start of the democratic hoax, the mass hallucination that we, the people, are a part of the election process.

Kerry reportedly said that he doesn't care about the South. He could win the presidency without a single vote from any Southern state looking at the electoral votes.

Political candidates do the math and count the number of electoral votes they need to win and go for little more.

Screw the South. Who needs ?em? Just ask Kerry.

Regardless of the political aisle you find yourself on, you have to admit that the 2000 election was anything but democratic.

How can a candidate with the most popular votes lose an election?

It would be like if the Panthers beat the Patriots in this weekend's Super Bowl 15-14, but the Patriots were crowned champions because they had two touchdowns to the Panthers' five field goals. Points are points, and votes are votes, but as we see not all votes were created equal.

Greg Gelpi covers education for the News Daily. He can be reached at ggelpi@news-daily.com or at (770) 478-5753 Ext. 247.