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Justice Antonin Scalia: Al Gore To Blame For 2000 US Election Mess
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2008 | Toby Harnden

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2000; algore; antoninscalia; blame; electionmess; floridarecount; judiciary; scalia; scotus; soreloserman
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1 posted on 06/26/2008 1:48:35 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Sore/Loserman.


2 posted on 06/26/2008 1:49:31 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: blam

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.


3 posted on 06/26/2008 1:54:07 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Democrats worry about winning peace prizes , Republicans worry about winning wars)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Exactly


4 posted on 06/26/2008 1:57:08 PM PDT by NYC Republican (John McCain- Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory...Doesn't have the stomach or heart to fight.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Al Gore is responsible for the extreme hatred that grew from that recount process.

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.

5 posted on 06/26/2008 1:57:25 PM PDT by livius
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To: blam; Jim Robinson

6 posted on 06/26/2008 2:00:19 PM PDT by granite ("We dare not tempt them with weakness" - JFK)
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To: livius

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


7 posted on 06/26/2008 2:00:30 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Democrats worry about winning peace prizes , Republicans worry about winning wars)
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To: livius

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.


8 posted on 06/26/2008 2:02:08 PM PDT by freepertoo
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9 posted on 06/26/2008 2:02:48 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: livius
I agree, and probably also for the unfounded resentment against Bush that was the seed of BDS.

No. BDS would have flourished no matter what. It's the left. There was a slightly conservative president. That's what the left does.

10 posted on 06/26/2008 2:04:50 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: My Favorite Headache
I always loved this picture. Cracks me up everytime:

Doofus Asshat.

11 posted on 06/26/2008 2:05:30 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Excellent!!


12 posted on 06/26/2008 2:06:22 PM PDT by John Galt's cousin (Fred ...)
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To: blam

Love dem chads


13 posted on 06/26/2008 2:08:00 PM PDT by woofie
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To: blam
After today's decision in Heller v. DC, this man is an icon:

Grazie, Antonin!

14 posted on 06/26/2008 2:11:26 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

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!


15 posted on 06/26/2008 2:12:50 PM PDT by zavvone
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To: blam
Just for clarification: it was the rogue Florida court that started the mess. Gore didn't do anything to dissuade them.

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.

16 posted on 06/26/2008 2:13:05 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: blam
Hey, this could be the start of a new catchphrase. We've all heard "It's Bush's fault." Now thanks to Scalia, we can all start saying (for every occasion): "It's Gore's fault!"

I'm kinda serious...

17 posted on 06/26/2008 2:15:26 PM PDT by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I'm not sure anyone is running the show at the DNC. The Wall Street Journal had a good article about it yesterday. The Democratic convention planners are buying swag for all of the delegates, but they're having trouble finding stuff that actually panders to their combined special interests.

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.

18 posted on 06/26/2008 2:17:35 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: livius

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!!!


19 posted on 06/26/2008 2:20:31 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: blam

Dang, the guy hits guite a few nails on the head with those comments.


20 posted on 06/26/2008 2:20:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( I say no to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Republican party. Not now or ever, John McCain...)
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To: blam
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.

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.

21 posted on 06/26/2008 2:26:03 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: My Favorite Headache
It actually started with the Democrats lofting the consummate boy trapped in a man's body, Bill Clinton, to be their nominee in 1992. From there on they had to defend him as he degenerated to the point of no return. Gore was just extending out the same soiled unethical behavior.

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.

22 posted on 06/26/2008 2:26:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( I say no to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Republican party. Not now or ever, John McCain...)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Indeed!!! You are correct and it was them that wanted to select not elect.

And Bush won on every recount.


23 posted on 06/26/2008 2:29:18 PM PDT by PORD (People...Of Right Do)
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To: DoughtyOne
Dang, the guy hits guite a few nails on the head with those comments.

Justice Scalia is *very* good at that, as well as verbally spanking low-grade doofi (such as Justice Stevens & Al Gore...)

the infowarrior

24 posted on 06/26/2008 2:30:45 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Jim Robinson

That was such an effective slogan. The signs were great. I saw them everywhere.


25 posted on 06/26/2008 2:30:46 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( I say no to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Republican party. Not now or ever, John McCain...)
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To: blam

Wow, I could have had a V-8

Sorry, I couldn't stop myself :-)

26 posted on 06/26/2008 2:32:18 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: infowarrior

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.


27 posted on 06/26/2008 2:33:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( I say no to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Republican party. Not now or ever, John McCain...)
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To: blam

Algore reminds me of Frank Burns.


28 posted on 06/26/2008 2:37:15 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: blam

God bless Justice Scalia!


29 posted on 06/26/2008 2:42:26 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: KosmicKitty
Wow, I could have had a V-8

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.

30 posted on 06/26/2008 2:46:07 PM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: Tanniker Smith
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.

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.

31 posted on 06/26/2008 2:46:23 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: blam

for later


32 posted on 06/26/2008 2:46:38 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Right_in_Virginia

There is one difference between the two elections. Nixon was cheated out of victory. Daley stole Illinois and LBJ stole Texas.


33 posted on 06/26/2008 2:50:26 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: Jim Robinson
I still have my Sore Loserman sign and I got it out recently and remembered all the freeps. Good times, thanks to you and FR.
34 posted on 06/26/2008 2:51:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: N. Theknow
Algore reminds me of Frank Burns.
Ferret Face

35 posted on 06/26/2008 2:52:28 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." --- Edmund Burke)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I think Gore was ready to concede and bill clinton stepped in and told him to fight it. Maybe not, but that is what I suspected at the time.
36 posted on 06/26/2008 2:56:41 PM PDT by Ditter
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Didn't he already concede on TV right at first, then he took it back?

I don't remember that. I remember the afternoon press conference that was cancelled in lieu of the court's actions.

37 posted on 06/26/2008 3:03:15 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: KosmicKitty
tee hee!

Actually, he could be the new "Not this S#!+ again!" poster boy.

38 posted on 06/26/2008 3:04:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

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.


39 posted on 06/26/2008 3:55:13 PM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

“But he didn’t 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.


40 posted on 06/26/2008 4:01:26 PM PDT by sergeantdave (We are entering the Age of the Idiot)
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To: babyfreep

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.


41 posted on 06/26/2008 4:14:59 PM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: DoughtyOne

“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.


42 posted on 06/26/2008 4:27:43 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: blam

AlGores fault?....You bet!...Demoncraps can’t stand to loose especially by a hair!....HA! HA! AlGore and Kerry you asshat losers!


43 posted on 06/26/2008 4:28:27 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: quadrant

“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.


44 posted on 06/26/2008 4:29:33 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: beckysueb

Yes, that’s it. Thanks, beckysueb!


45 posted on 06/26/2008 4:30:08 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: Bratch

Frank Burns, “Ferret Face” was supposed to be an evil Republican.


46 posted on 06/26/2008 4:30:54 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: Flycatcher

Algore nearly stole the election.


47 posted on 06/26/2008 4:33:17 PM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: Jim Robinson

Sir! Glad to see you back posting...


48 posted on 06/26/2008 4:35:13 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: blam
recounted in Florida because the method was unconstitutional

If I remember correctly Gore didn' t want ALL the votes counted just certain areas.

49 posted on 06/26/2008 4:35:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: babyfreep
Didn't he already concede on TV right at first, then he took it back?

Yes, he did!

50 posted on 06/26/2008 4:39:27 PM PDT by kcvl
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