Skip to comments.Justice Antonin Scalia: Al Gore To Blame For 2000 US Election Mess
Posted on 06/26/2008 1:48:33 PM PDT by blam
Justice Antonin Scalia: Al Gore to blame for 2000 US election mess
By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 6:35PM BST 26/06/2008
The 2000 presidential election debacle was the fault of Al Gore, who should have followed Richard Nixon's 1960 example and conceded without legal action, according to the Supreme Court's leading conservative judge.
The 2000 election remains a source of discontent for Democrats
"Richard Nixon, when he lost to [John F.] Kennedy thought that the election had been stolen in Chicago, which was very likely true with the system at the time," Justice Antonin Scalia told The Telegraph.
"But he did not even think about bringing a court challenge. That was his prerogative. So you know if you don't like it, don't blame it on me.
"I didn't bring it into the courts. Mr Gore brought it into the courts.
"So if you don't like the courts getting involved talk to Mr Gore."
Justice Scalia insisted that his controversial decision, along with four other justices, to stop votes being recounted in Florida because the method was unconstitutional and it was too late to consider other options was "absolutely right".
He was speaking during an interview about his book Making the Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.
A strict "textualist", he rejects the notion of a "living constitution", arguing instead that the original intentions of its framers should be closely adhered to.
Once a voice in the wilderness, Justice Scalia now often finds himself in a narrow majority on the Supreme Court, such as in a landmark gun control case in which he wrote for the 5-4 majority that the framers of the constitution believed in individual gun rights.
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I have said this ever since the 2000 election. Al Gore is responsible for the extreme hatred that grew from that recount process. He led a cause where he promised to undermine Bush as long as he would be in office and would go beyond protocol and let these radical leftists take over the party and the media.
That is what was going to happen anyway had he won in 2000. But he didn’t and we have seen nothing but extreme divide ever since. The bastard is indeed to blame.
I agree, and probably also for the unfounded resentment against Bush that was the seed of BDS. He also set the pattern for the Dems challenging any election in which they thought there was any possibility of their manipulating enough votes to win (as in Wash State).
I'm sure Barry is planning his ballot-box shenanigans even as we speak. In fact, they were probably planned months ago.
No question. About 2 years ago on FR I did a big post on this very thing. The country STILL has not rested as the maniacs from the mental hospital are still running the show for the DNC. The Howard Dean’s of the world, Soros, Michael Moore...etc...you betcha...Al Gore lined him up with every single person who thought he had the election stolen from him.
“This was his birthright...he has been waiting for this moment and been groomed his entire life..and now...it’s over...a bitter pill for Al Gore to swallow I am sure for the rest of his life.” - Chris Matthews - NBC
It was extremely obvious at the time what was going on and whose fault it was. I remember being really boggled (first time I ever really understood the word) that the rest of the world seemed clueless to the ridiculous charade.
No. BDS would have flourished no matter what. It's the left. There was a slightly conservative president. That's what the left does.
Love dem chads
I agree! I remember watching the TV when the Supreme Court made their ruling on the election and I thought that the libs were going to use this to divide the country. And they have been at it ever since, with the help of the fully complict drive by media!
Remember - “Bush was selected, not elected”
Made me want to puke!
Gore, at the time, appeared to be ready to concede in advance of Harris' pronouncement. Gore took full advantage of the timing of the court's interference and changed his tune toot sweet.
The Gorebots will tell you that Bush was the first one to petition the court. He had to to protect his victory.
I'm kinda serious...
For example, they want to give each delegate a cloth bag to carry stuff, but it must be: made in America, by a union shop, with organic cotton. No such thing exists because the Democratic unionists don't care about the Democratic environmentalists, who don't care about the trade protectionists, etc.
agree, and probably also for the unfounded resentment against Bush that was the seed of BDS. He also set the pattern for the Dems challenging any election in which they thought there was any possibility of their manipulating enough votes to win (as in Wash State).
He’s also responsible for all this BS global warming scares and schemes. He is truly a demon!!!
Dang, the guy hits guite a few nails on the head with those comments.
Amen! Justice Scalia. I've been saying this for years.
The legal action by Gore in 2000 is what has made me angry with and suspicious of the Democrat Party----they put personal power over the good of great nation. And, we will never be the same.
This is the overriding reason why I pray the Democrats meet the dustbin of history.
When the Democrats decided to defend Bill Clinton no matter what he did, they created a chasm that hasn't been repaired to this day.
There had always been a rift in our political fabric. The Democrats expanded that rift to a Grand Canyon size chasm.
The one thing that Richard Nixon never gets credit for, is resigning when he did. If he would have been 1/10th the bastard Bill Clinton was, he would have hired a team long before that and ripped this nation right down the middle, just like the Clintons did.
But then Nixon was a piker compared the the prick Clinton.
Indeed!!! You are correct and it was them that wanted to select not elect.
And Bush won on every recount.
Justice Scalia is *very* good at that, as well as verbally spanking low-grade doofi (such as Justice Stevens & Al Gore...)
That was such an effective slogan. The signs were great. I saw them everywhere.
Sorry, I couldn't stop myself :-)
Well, more power to him. It’s appreciated from here.
I should look up more of his comments. These ones were sure in tune with my own thoughts.
Algore reminds me of Frank Burns.
God bless Justice Scalia!
Al wouldn't allow himself to be associated with a drink whose name might be associated by some with the evil automobile. Remember in the minds of liberals, perception is always more important than reality.
Didn't he already concede on TV right at first, then he took it back?
Seems like I remember reading that Gore and Boise were getting into the car - after he had already gave it up and Boise said to Gore over the top of the car (something like) - "We can fight this - you don't have to give up, yet."
Maybe I'm dreaming.
There is one difference between the two elections. Nixon was cheated out of victory. Daley stole Illinois and LBJ stole Texas.
Algore reminds me of Frank Burns.
I don't remember that. I remember the afternoon press conference that was cancelled in lieu of the court's actions.
Actually, he could be the new "Not this S#!+ again!" poster boy.
You are absolutely right! It justs burns me when I hear the media, even Bill O’Rielly, act like Bush is responsible for the divide in America. Algore is totally responsible.
“But he didnt and we have seen nothing but extreme divide ever since. The bastard is indeed to blame.”
I’d place the blame for starting hatred and division way back - let’s say Woodrow Wilson (DEMOCRAT - RACIST). To start with, he resegregated the federal government and gave us the corruption and robbery of the income tax, union riots, direct election of senators, and the female vote.
But that’s just my opinion.
He was on his way to concede. He had already called GWB and conceded to him but some jerk news guy said the numbers in Fla. didn’t add up so thats when The Goracle decided to fight it and called GWB to take back his concession. It was supposed to be a simple recount over in a few hours but Gore turned it into a 36 day mightmare and put a wound on this country that will never heal.
“The one thing that Richard Nixon never gets credit for, is resigning when he did. If he would have been 1/10th the bastard Bill Clinton was, he would have hired a team long before that and ripped this nation right down the middle, just like the Clintons did.”
Nixon loved America. The Clintons do not pure and simple. That is why Clinton did not resign. He loved himself more.
AlGores fault?....You bet!...Demoncraps can’t stand to loose especially by a hair!....HA! HA! AlGore and Kerry you asshat losers!
“There is one difference between the two elections. Nixon was cheated out of victory. Daley stole Illinois and LBJ stole Texas.”
And Daley’s son tried to steal Flordia for that asshat Al Gore. Cheating, the way Democrats do business.
Yes, that’s it. Thanks, beckysueb!
Frank Burns, “Ferret Face” was supposed to be an evil Republican.
Algore nearly stole the election.
Sir! Glad to see you back posting...
If I remember correctly Gore didn' t want ALL the votes counted just certain areas.
Yes, he did!