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To the extent that election 2000 eventually produces a result, and that someone assumes the office of President based on some legal basis (and not by force), it is successful.

In the 18th century, progress was represented by any process that replaced birth as the basis of the right to hold the nation's highest office.

Not only did the process provided for in the Constitution achieve that, but also, with the Electoral College, it provided a means of representation that increased the importance of smaller, less populated States.

Two birds with one stone.

Not bad.

Nothing in the Constitution states that anyone, up to and including the winner, has to, or will, enjoy the result.

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