We knew we weren’t likely to get final results on election night. We didn’t know it would take this long, or get this ugly. Two months after the election, the results of the November vote were finally certified. But not without a fight. There was chaos at the Capitol yesterday when protesters stormed the building and clashed with police in an effort that bordered on a coup. It was an ugly scene, more reminiscent of some Third World country than the United States of America. We had already counted the ballots, held recounts, filed failed legal lawsuits and finally saw the certification of the results. There is no question who won, and there is no question the election was fair. But can’t we figure this out faster? Why do we have to wait two months for it to become official? When America determines an American Idol winner, they can tally millions of votes before the show even comes to an end. Why is it so much harder to determine the winner of an election in America in a timely fashion? Do we really need two years of campaigning before we hold an election, and then another two months to make it official? Perhaps if the process didn’t drag on so long, things wouldn’t get so messy.