It's not an issue of effectiveness, it's an issue of whether the results were rooted in the will of the American people; furthermore, voting for "hope" or "change" is just as empty as "effective." Hope for what? Change to what? What are the effects?
Today's headline (via Allahpundit):
Green Party VP Candidate Apparently Wants Presidents Removed from History
Tina Fey Introduces the World to "Sheet Caking" as a Coping Technique
ACLU Will No Longer Defend Armed Protests Following Charlottesville