Skip to comments.Media Recount Alert: Did Gore Blow It? (How To Counter the Impending Dem Spin!)
Posted on 11/11/2001 12:38:32 AM PST by Timesink
Surprisingly, the results of the media consortium recount of the Florida presidential ballots, scheduled for publication on Monday, haven't leaked out yet and it's already Saturday night. But Joshua Micah Marshall's me-zine has a partial scoop. Marshall hears that the impending consortium tally will find that "[I]f you count overvotes, Gore would have won big." (Remember overvotes? They're ballots disqualified when the ballot-counting machine detects votes for more than one candidate. But they can be legal votesif, for example, a voter marks the little circle next to "Gore" and also marks the circle next to "write-in" and writes in "Gore" also.)
Good news for the Gore team? Not quite. The barb, for them, is that they didn't ask that the overvotes be counted! Instead, their entire effort was directed at counting "undervotes," ballots on which no vote was detected by the machines, but which might have a partially perforated "chad" detectable by humans.
Relying on intercepted communications, Marshall predicts a massive self-exculpatory spin offensive by former Gore campaign aides, all designed to erase the impression that they foolishly ignored the very ballots that would have given them the presidency. Indeed, since the results are out Monday, this spin campaign has probably been underway for several days. There is a significant possibility it will succeed Gore aide Ron Klain played the Washington Post like a fiddle earlier this year, for example. (Details here.)
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In this case, the antidote to the looming Gore-team spin can be found in the transcript of the final U.S. Supreme Court hearing in Bush v. Gore. Several justices were concerned that the Florida Supreme Court's recount was focused on undervotes and ignored overvotes, even though some overvotes might be valid, a concern that had prompted Florida's chief justice to dissent. Here is the relevant excerpt from the dialogue between the Court and Gore's lead lawyer, David Boies [emphasis added]:
JUSTICE STEVENS. What is your response to the chief justice of Florida's concern that the recount relates only to undervotes and not overvotes?
MR. BOIES. Well, first, nobody asked for a contest of the overvotes.
Later in the argument, the overvote issue comes up again:
when you're dealing with overvotes -- and remember, this is a machine issue. When you're dealing with overvotes, the machine has already registered two votes. Now, there may be another vote there, a dimpled vote or an indented vote, that the machine did not register. But once you get two votes, that ballot doesn't get counted for the presidency.
JUSTICE BREYER. They gave an example. The example they gave in their brief was, there's a punch for Governor Bush, and then there's a punch for "write-in," and the write-in says, "I want Governor Bush." And so I think their implication is that that would have been rejected by the machine, but if you looked at it by hand, the intent of the voter would be clear. I don't know if there are such votes, but they say there might be.
MR. BOIES. There's nothing in the record that suggests there are such votes.
But there is plenty in the record, you now know, to suggest that the Gore team blew it by ignoring a trove of potentially valid Gore ballots. Resist all spin to the contrary!
P.S.: If the overvotes do turn out to be crucial, I told you so!
Rather than be concerned about our national welfare, and security, these dunderheads continue to stir a pot that has long since grown cold.
Why even bother.
Like some Dems I know, they'd rather piss in their pants than admit Bush is President.
People... move on with your life!
I am curious as to how many dems would actually vote for Al Gore today. (You'd be amazed at how many I know that are so thankful Dubya is in!!!)
Now... go get some coffee!!!
They'd have to dig them up and find all the illegal aliens again. All cheating aside... Bush probably won by a large margin...IMHO.
You will not read about it in the NYT tomorrow.
If the Gorons dems, and big media want to spin this again, it's time for us to FLOOD them with the truth. For every newspaper, magazine, tv show, etc, that publishes the NYT's story, write a letter to the editor.
1. Overvotes are NEVER counted. Not in Florida, not anywhere. No state, from Alabama to Wyoming, counts overvotes.
2. Gore's defense team did not make overvotes an issue, and the record shows they refused to do so (insert Boies's remarks to US Supremes).
3. Any voter who punches a ballot and doesn't check it for hanging chads, non-punched blocks, or any other error DID NOT follow instructions provided with the ballot itself.
4. You cannot have another chance once you've turned in your ballot, and since no one's name is on the ballot itself, there is no way once it's turned in to retrieve it. As in poker, a card laid is a card played.
5. The election is over, Bush won, get over it!!!!
The county was Escambia, where Pensacola is located, and the number was closer to 800.
Tonight at 10PM go tosptimes.lostvotes
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Someone should run a poll: who would you vote for today, Bush or Gore?
It should have been Gore in a landslide. He was the incumbent VP, the economy was humming along and as we all know, Gore was just so smart and superior compared to candidate Bush. But Gore blew it. Had he carried his home state, all of this would have been a non-issue. Had Clinton been able to carry his own state for Gore, this would have been a non-issue. I'm sure the Yankees were devastated this year to have lost the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7. But you don't see them pissing and moaning about what could've been. Instead, they are doing what Gore should be doing right now, preparing for the next campaign.
Which kind of overvotes, the 1 candidate/1 write-in or 2 candidates? My feeling is that it is the latter, considering PBC.
Wasn't it recently reported that 350,000 Mexican illegals have returned to Mexico since 9/11? There went over half of Algore's "popular vote majority".