Gore Lost, Bush Won, Get Over It Already
Here we are, almost 4 years out from Al Gore’s defeat at the hands of George Bush in the 2000 election, and the Democrats are still claiming W. stole the election.
Listening to Gore ramble on about it last night was almost pathetic in a way — sort of like watching White Snake or Poison, ya know one of those washed up eighties hair bands that hasn’t had a hit in years, trying to get their career going after a decade without a hit.
After the Gorebot’s speech, they even tried recreating the “magic” of the Tipper/Al kiss. And while it obviously…ahem…got Tipper VERY excited =D, it still felt tired and stale just like Al Gore’s cutesy, yet still pouty rhetoric about the 2000 election.
In any case, I thought it might be a good time to post a large excerpt from my July of 2002 column “The Two Year Old’s Tantrum That Never Ends” which covers this very subject….
“Here’s a question that the Democrats never really answer; how many times do the exact same ballots have to be recounted before the Democrats will concede that Bush won? Let’s recap shall we?
– Bush won the first machine recount.
– Bush won the 2nd machine recount.
– Bush won when the absentee votes were added in. Incidentally, this should have been the end of it according to Florida law written before the election.
– Bush won the recount mandated by the Florida State Supreme Court that was ruled unconstitutional by the USSC 9-0. The USSC then ruled another FSSC recount unconstitutional 7-2 and stopped any further recounts via a 5-4 vote.
– Bush won the recount after the election done by the Miami Herald. Here’s a headline and the first paragraph…
“REVIEW SHOWS BALLOTS SAY BUSH
Republican George W. Bush’s victory in Florida, which gave him the White House, almost certainly would have endured even if a recount stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court had been allowed to go forward.”
– Bush also won a 2nd recount done after the election by eight media groups. Here’s what the New York Times, certainly not a Bush supporting paper, had to say about that. I am quoting the headline and the first paragraph…
“Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote
A comprehensive review of the uncounted Florida ballots from last year’s presidential election reveals that George W. Bush would have won even if the United States Supreme Court had allowed the statewide manual recount of the votes that the Florida Supreme Court had ordered to go forward”
Now again I’ll ask the question; how many times do the exact same ballots have to be recounted before the Democrats will concede that Bush won?”
It may have been close, but without question, Bush won & Gore lost. It’s just that simple for people who aren’t blind partisans or sore losers…