Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Egyptian military is getting what it wants

Once again, boycotts of elections never seem to work. Actually, they usually backfire, as all the people who agree with the boycott organizers don't end up casting a vote. But the MB's boycott of the Egyptian constitutional referendum is not backfiring, it's just failing. People just aren't honoring the boycott.

Honestly, I'm not sure why that many people would bother to vote. It's a joke of an election, just meant to put the gloss of public approval over a military coup. It's effectively illegal to campaign for anything but a "yes" vote. I'm surprised that more of the public didn't just say "to hell with it" and stay home. It is especially surprising considering how definitively the MB won the last few elections. I would think that would translate into more voter apathy, even if the boycott effort fizzled.