U.S. lowers expectations on Iraq vote

In a statement today the White House played down the fact that voter turnout in the Iraqi elections might be on the low side. Turns out... it doesn't matter!

"I would . . . really encourage people not to focus on numbers, which in themselves don't have any meaning, but to look on the outcome and to look at the government that will be the product of these elections," a senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity at a White House briefing yesterday. The official highlighted the low voter turnout in U.S. elections as evidence that polling numbers are not essential to legitimacy.

Yeah, for Chrissakes, look at our own elections! Voting and legitimacy don't have anything to do with each other.

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