Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Washington Post Does The Math - Or Does It?

DG points out:

The Washington Post's editors are enthusiastic about the results of Saturday's referendum in Egypt.

The military’s sympathizers say the generals are eager to hand power to a civilian regime as soon as possible. But the opposition worries that quick elections cede a huge advantage to the only political forces that were able to organize under the Mubarak regime: the ruling party and the Muslim Brotherhood. Both campaigned hard for a “yes” vote on Saturday; neither has made a convincing commitment to liberal democracy. The “no” vote — 23 percent nationwide, rising to a high of 40 percent in Cairo — was one indication of the strength Egypt’s secular liberal democrats might have in a parliament elected quickly.

I hate to question the math, but 23% is still less than 1/4.



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