August 10, 2002


We Love You, You're Perfect, Goodbye (BILL KELLER, August 10, 2002, NY Times)
[Al Gore] ran a bone-headed campaign.

A bone-headed campaign he WON, don't forget. He got 537,179 more popular votes, and only lost the Electoral College thanks to a lot of well-documented funny business. The best estimate of the various investigative post-mortems was that an honest statewide recount would have awarded Florida to Mr. Gore and denied Antonin Scalia the role of American kingmaker.

That's strange, as I recall, a bunch of news organizations spent a lot of money and over a year to come to this (in)conclusion, Florida Recounts Would Have Favored Bush : But Study Finds Gore Might Have Won Statewide Tally of All Uncounted Ballots (Dan Keating and Dan Balz, November 12, 2001, Washington Post)
In all likelihood, George W. Bush still would have won Florida and the presidency last year if either of two limited recounts -- one requested by Al Gore, the other ordered by the Florida Supreme Court -- had been completed, according to a study commissioned by The Washington Post and other news organizations.

Only by counting illegal ballots can you arrive at a result where Mr. Gore wins. Though, one supposes that counting illegal votes until you have enough so that Mr. Gore wins is probably what Mr. Keller means by "honest."
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2002 8:14 AM
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