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Lawyers for David Archuleta are filing a motion in federal court today to overturn the American Idol victory of David Cook, who was crowned victor in a stunning finale of the musical competition’s seventh season last night.

Archuleta’s attorneys rest their case on the fact that Cook has failed to win over the crucial bloc of white girls aged 10 to 13, who make up a significant portion of the music-buying audience. Cook’s inability to dazzle this demographic threatens his ability to cook up a hit single this fall as a follow-up to his victory in the TV contest, the attorneys allege.

“Without getting into names, other Idol winners have clearly failed in the wider marketplace,” said Stu Ing, lead attorney for the teen sensation Archuleta. “We think it’s time the show reflected the broader, music-buying public rather than a narrow elite of people who have phones.”

Ing and his colleagues also contend that the finale should be redone as many tweens were asleep in bed during the crucial final phase of voting. Had these girls been able to vote, the results might have been different and Archuleta would have been the one weepily crooning at the end.

Wait a sec. Are we talking about American Idol or the Democratic primary season? Who knows anymore. But it’s tempting to consider what Cook’s win portends for the second-biggest election this year.

Is Cook a stand-in for Barack Obama, the outsider who wasn’t even expected to enter the contest? And is Archuleta Hillary Clinton, with a troublesome stage father in place of an intrusive stage husband?

Or is Cook John McCain, the grizzled veteran, while Archuleta represents a new face, i.e. Obama, who was buoyed by a youth vote that failed to materialize when it really mattered?

We can only wait and see. And hope that tween girls aren’t so disillusioned that they give up on American Idol entirely.

The free market in health care will probably work a lot like the free market in college tuition and CEO salaries. But that probably doesn’t matter to ideologues who learn about the market from a textbook rather than the real world. I expect to see many people touting a free-market solution to health care between now and November.

In theory, the free market should work, of course. But one reason the free market works reasonably well in the field of, say, televisions, is that you can return one you don’t like and get a better one. The penalty for a bad decision is all on the seller (and could explain why store return policies are becoming stricter – returns are just one more place to control costs).

However, it is far more difficult to return a college education or a hip replacement. In fact, when it comes to the hip replacement, a botched job will only add to the costs, not to mention the pain.

Information will help the health-care consumer? I suppose, but consider all the sites ranking various televisions. There’s a ton of information, yet some people still end up disliking whatever set they buy.

Let’s take the absurdity a step further. Say I wake up in the middle of the night with chest pains. Are my first words going to be, “Honey, log onto the Internet and see which local hospital has the best record of dealing with heart attacks”? I’ll let you decide.