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  •  Deck stacking (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    Exactly what happened and what the different outcomes would have or could have been depending on exactly how the votes were counted in Florida will never be resolved.  Counterfactuals are intellectually interesting, but not terribly useful in historical analysis.

    We will have to agree to disagree on the causal relationship between whatever the Bushs, Ktherine Harris, and the SCOTUS did with respect to that election, though.  I believe the fact is that Gore ran a terrible campaign.  The Democrats put themselves in a position where a few hundred votes mattered.  That's pretty much inexcusable, seeing as how he stood to inherit a presidency that had just witnessed the longest peatime economic expansion in American history.  Unlike recent history, there was very, very little for the vast majority of people to be upsset about in 2000, yet they decided to change horses anyway.

    I think another flaw in the "stolen election" argument is that the lack of response from Democrats and the left belies it.  Where was the revolution?  Where were people taking to the streets, attempting to take their government back by force, and to depose someone who had no right whatsoever to be in power?  It didn't happen.  People might not have liked the outcome at all.  If, as you say, we had sat in O'Connor's seat, perhaps we would have voted differently (as an attorney, I think the best vote would have been for the SCOTUS not to take the case at all).  But people accepted the process, however flawed and however disappointing the outcome.  There was no revolution.  When we accept the process and the rtesult, then that's not "stealing" anything.  

    Rather than grinding axes about a few votes in Florida, the message the Left needs very much to take away from the 2000 election -- which is highly applicable to today -- is that Americans will accept only incremental change from elected national leaders. If you want big, sea changes in America there's only two places to get them: (1) grass-roots advocacy and organization and (2) litigation.

    Had Gore run on "I will do exactly what the Big Dog did, minus the sex," he'd have won in a landslide.

    "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." -Alexander the Great

    by The Octopus on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 06:03:16 AM PDT

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    •  I always wondered where the (1+ / 0-)
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      senators were who could have challenged Florida's count.  It only took a senator to disagree.  I do agree he ran a terrible campaign.  Trust me, I know.  I was on it.  When we were in DC and I sat in on a meeting regarding the Staples Center, I never in my life saw such confusion.  It was like herding cats.

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