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Bush v. Gore, 10 years later
WaPo ^ | 12.12.10 | George Will

Posted on 12/12/2010 2:53:54 PM PST by paudio

The passions that swirled around Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case that ended 10 years ago Sunday, dissipated quickly. And remarkably little damage was done by the institutional collisions that resulted when control of the nation's supreme political office turned on 537 votes out of 5,963,110 cast in Florida.

Many controversies concerned whether particular votes could be said to have been cast properly. Chads are those bits of paper that, when a ballot is properly cast by puncturing spots next to candidates' names, are separated from the ballot. In Florida, there were "dimpled" chads that were merely dented and "hanging" chads not separated from the ballots. Furthermore, there were undervotes (ballots with no vote for president) and overvotes (votes for two presidential candidates) and ill-designed (by a Democrat) butterfly ballots.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2000election; bush; chad; districtofcolumbia; florida; georgewbush; georgewill; globalwarminghoax; gore; presidentbush; presidentgeorgewbush; recounts; scotus; soreloserman; tennessee
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It's seared in my mind to this day... (Oops.. wrong election)
1 posted on 12/12/2010 2:53:59 PM PST by paudio
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To: paudio

Good FOX special last night on this.

Hard to believe it’s been a decade.


2 posted on 12/12/2010 2:55:42 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: paudio

Which still demands an answer to who was bulk punching cards to create these “dimpled” chads?


3 posted on 12/12/2010 2:59:47 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Hanging Chad

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4 posted on 12/12/2010 2:59:58 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: paudio

The article fails to mention the most important fact: Had the USSC not stopped the re-re-re-recount, Bush still would have won.

To leave that out of the article, and for ANYONE not to mention it as a response to libs who complain Gore would have won if the recount was allowed to be completed, is irresponsible.


5 posted on 12/12/2010 3:02:19 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be ustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: paudio

If you thought that election was nuts, just wait until 2012. I sense heavy use of the race card, Black Panther “marches”, another looooong Supreme Court battle if dear leader loses, and potential violence if the Court rules against him.


6 posted on 12/12/2010 3:05:39 PM PST by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: icwhatudo

Would Gore have won the election if he won his home state?


7 posted on 12/12/2010 3:06:13 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: paudio

That debacle led to me finding and signing up for FreeRepublic.

I’m glad it happened.


8 posted on 12/12/2010 3:06:35 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: paudio
The passions that swirled around Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case that ended 10 years ago Sunday, dissipated quickly.

Nonsense-- the Left never forgave George W. Bush or the Supreme Court.

9 posted on 12/12/2010 3:10:57 PM PST by Lysandru
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Me too. Only the second time in my life I’d ‘held a sign’! :)


10 posted on 12/12/2010 3:13:35 PM PST by sweet_diane (W 1)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Yes


11 posted on 12/12/2010 3:16:37 PM PST by TXConservative25
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To: paudio

I saw the promo and thought “no way” - - then it came on and I was drawn like a moth to a flame. Or more aptly, a gawker to a big wreck along the highway...

I guess it’s a piece of history we all saw up close and personal, but kinda like the car wreck, one we’d rather forget.

Disagree if you wish but you don’t have to get snippy about it ;-)


12 posted on 12/12/2010 3:20:33 PM PST by bigbob (.)
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To: blackdog

Someone tested the various machines and the cards with the results posted at http://pushback.com/voting/fl2k/dimpled-chads-analysis/


13 posted on 12/12/2010 3:23:11 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Lysandru
Nonsense-- the Left never forgave George W. Bush or the Supreme Court.

100 % correct.

I post on a couple of left wing lunatic sites and every time this subject comes up, I simply remind them, it's really a moot point since Gore lost his own state

Their response: "crickets"

14 posted on 12/12/2010 3:26:00 PM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: paudio
My favorite bumper sticker of the era.


15 posted on 12/12/2010 3:27:57 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: paudio

“It’s seared in my mind to this day... (Oops.. wrong election)”

Yeah, you’re thinking of Christmas 1968 when Nixon was President ... err ... uh ...

I swear, that and Hillary being named after a guy who had yet to climb a mountain or Tom “I flew Jets in Nam” Harkin ... what a bunch of morons. Almost too sad to be funny ... nah ... pretty funny. Comical, like clowns should be. Think we could get them into a small car and have them pile out on top of each other for us?


16 posted on 12/12/2010 3:31:09 PM PST by jessduntno (TSA: "Because screwing you with your pants ON just wasn't enough.")
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To: Jedidah

I know. It felt like yesterday.


17 posted on 12/12/2010 3:33:47 PM PST by Ptarmigan (God Hates Bunnies.)
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To: paudio
Just imagine if Gore had prevailed and won in 2000: 9/11 was months away and who knows what that idiot lunatic would have done or not done.
18 posted on 12/12/2010 3:36:34 PM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: paudio

This is why Al Gore hates the whole world and everyone in it, including those yet to be born.


19 posted on 12/12/2010 3:38:07 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: sweet_diane
Ah, those were the days... (In Sacramento):
20 posted on 12/12/2010 3:38:17 PM PST by Yossarian (Heartfelt thanks, Tea Party Patriots! Despite slander and muck, you pulled through!)
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To: Lysandru

The HATE is still there and emotions raw.


21 posted on 12/12/2010 3:38:42 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Same here. It’s why I joined FR.


22 posted on 12/12/2010 3:41:40 PM PST by gore_sux_2000 (Sarah Palin can touch M.C. Hammer.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

LMAO!! The Sore Loserman signs. Always a classic! I went to a few protests at the MN state capital, and someone was handing those out to everyone!


23 posted on 12/12/2010 3:43:14 PM PST by gore_sux_2000 (Sarah Palin can touch M.C. Hammer.)
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To: paudio

What we also learned during this fiasco was that when Dems bussed people in to protest (many of whom were grabbed off welfare lines) they were “concerned citizens demanding justice.” However, when Pubs came in on their own dimes, the press referred to them sneeringly as “Republican Operatives.” Never has the bias of the media been on such blatant display.


24 posted on 12/12/2010 3:45:01 PM PST by onevoter
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To: Lysandru

“Nonsense— the Left never forgave George W. Bush or the Supreme Court.”

The Left will forgive GWB and the Supreme Court about the same time it acknowledges that Alger Hiss was a Communist stooge.


25 posted on 12/12/2010 3:50:48 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Lysandru
I agree. Will must not be listening. The leftwing hate is still out there festering.
26 posted on 12/12/2010 3:59:38 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: paudio

They are STILL whining abut it.


27 posted on 12/12/2010 4:00:30 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: paudio

The Court should never have heard that case.


28 posted on 12/12/2010 4:02:27 PM PST by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: Yossarian

“Get out of Cheney’s house! Get out of Cheney’s house!”


29 posted on 12/12/2010 4:03:50 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jim Noble

They had to hear it. The Florida Supreme Court was allowing the Constitution to be violated.


30 posted on 12/12/2010 4:06:17 PM PST by clintonh8r ("Let them eat lobster cake." Michele Antoinette, vacation #6.)
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To: paudio

A roller coaster ride I hope never to be on again.

One day you are revealed, the next you are about to throw in the towel.

And the sad thing is that the turmoil from that event has led to 10 straight years of instability in this nation.


31 posted on 12/12/2010 4:07:12 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: VanDeKoik

Oops! Revealed = Releved.


32 posted on 12/12/2010 4:08:26 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; kristinn; Angelwood

After Freeping the Big Creep for years thought I could go into semi-retirement. But the Gore Wars soon followed.


33 posted on 12/12/2010 4:12:35 PM PST by ironman
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To: VanDeKoik
I never want to go through that again either.

I watched the fox special last night. I really forgot what a bad speech impediment Gore had.

34 posted on 12/12/2010 4:16:25 PM PST by kara37
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To: clintonh8r
The Florida Supreme Court was allowing the Constitution to be violated.

So what?

The FLASC could not compel Secretary Harris to certify the Gore slate. The FL Legislature has the constitutional responsibility to direct the appointment of electors. FLASC has no role.

It is certain, whatever pretended decision came from FLASC, that the Legislature could have and would have appointed a slate of Bush electors.

When, on January 3, 2001, the President of the Senate announced that two slates of electors had been sent from FL, the Republican Congress would have chosen the Bush electors, as was their constitutional role and right to do.

This would have had 3 beneficial effects: 1) It would have followed the Constitution; 2) It would have diminished the power of the courts; 3) It would have increased the power of the People.

As it happened, all of the effects of USSC sticking its nose into (another) political question where it did not belong were bad.

35 posted on 12/12/2010 4:17:31 PM PST by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: icwhatudo

right


36 posted on 12/12/2010 4:21:57 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Jim Noble
So what?

Good answer!

37 posted on 12/12/2010 4:22:47 PM PST by clintonh8r ("Let them eat lobster cake." Michele Antoinette, vacation #6.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Ah. Sore/Loserman. We carried those signs in Legislative Plaza at the state capitol. I even xeroxed one several times and made up a big sign with several of them on one sign (not in color, though). My husband even demonstrated, and he is not one to demonstrate.


38 posted on 12/12/2010 4:23:40 PM PST by Twinkie (Doing nothing is the most tiring job there is; you can't quit and rest . .)
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To: VanDeKoik
And the sad thing is that the turmoil from that event has led to 10 straight years of instability in this nation

That's what happens when the Constitution is ignored.

The procedure for chusing electors is clearly laid out in the Constitution. The state legislatures have SOLE authority over state procedures. The courts have NOTHING to do with it.

After electors are chosen, the entire process is political. If that is not a political, nonjusticeable question, nothing is.

Bush's grounds for a suit before USSC were pathetic. His case belonged before Congress, where, it is beyond question, he would have prevailed - but in a legal and Constitutional manner which would have been beyond dispute.

39 posted on 12/12/2010 4:24:28 PM PST by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

I signed up on election day that year. I missed my 10 year anniversary.


40 posted on 12/12/2010 4:27:49 PM PST by GnL
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To: Jim Noble

The courts which “have nothing to do with it” (FLSC) were allowing the Constitution to be violated. SCOTUS was right to rule as it did.


41 posted on 12/12/2010 4:28:30 PM PST by clintonh8r ("Let them eat lobster cake." Michele Antoinette, vacation #6.)
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To: RWB Patriot

Not only do we have Republican governors in the battleground states but we have Secretaries of State in those states as well.

The dems can try to steal the election from now till the ned of time......it cannot be done.


42 posted on 12/12/2010 4:29:13 PM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: kara37

And years of ‘selected, not elected.

Damn them for all time.


43 posted on 12/12/2010 4:31:09 PM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: paudio
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44 posted on 12/12/2010 4:32:44 PM PST by GnL
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
That debacle led to me finding and signing up for FreeRepublic.

Me too!!!!

Maybe THAT moment in history was the catalyst beginning of the beginning that the Tea Party subsequently sprang forth from...

45 posted on 12/12/2010 4:33:40 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: Lazlo in PA

that is a classic... and “Get out of Cheney’s house! Get out of Cheney’s house!” hahahaha! love that!


46 posted on 12/12/2010 4:34:05 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: scripter

ping...


47 posted on 12/12/2010 4:34:29 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: paudio

A decade really does put things in perspective and history now has resulted in Bush being a respected elder statesman who mind’s his own business and Al Gore’s insanity has only intensified. Gore has spent the past decade on a powerpoint tour explaining his apocalyptic theory that the planet would be engulfed in flames by 2011 due to cattle flatulence and the use of cars. Not only has he lost his mind, he’s lost control of his johnson and has capped the decade off by raping hotel personnel. History will record the Clinton/Gore ticket as the first all rapist POTUS/Vice President team. If Al Gore had not been born with a multi-million dollar trust fund he would be a streetcorner crackpot with a cardboard sign scrawled with the words “the end is near!!”


48 posted on 12/12/2010 5:03:54 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: paudio

Still to this very day, the unlawfully discarded absentee military ballots have NEVER BEEN INCLUDED IN THE VOTE TOTAL!

Shame on Al Gore!

Shame on the democRATS!


49 posted on 12/12/2010 5:05:51 PM PST by Tailback
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To: paudio

If only the felon vote hadn’t been suppressed ...


50 posted on 12/12/2010 5:09:08 PM PST by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we finally revolt.)
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