Other Points: Commentary
- GOP won by planting seeds of deception
- December 14 - Roger Ebert - Local copy
- Now that the adventure is over, it might be instructive to consider some of the ideas
that seeped into the general consciousness. How and why, for example, did it
become established in so many minds that Bush was the presumptive winner and
Gore the apparent loser?
- The Lynching of the Black Vote
- December 10 - Robert Kuttner - Local copy
- MANY BOOKS WILL be written about the stolen presidential election of
2000. And when they are, one prominent factor will be the Republicans
systematic and extra-legal effort to reduce black voting, details of
which are just now being pieced together
- Article: The Beginning of the End? Or the End of the Beginning?
- December 10 - NY Times (may require a free registration)
- A sour James Baker called the Florida Supreme Court ruling "sad
for our democracy." Actually, oh Velvet Hammer, you've got it
- When you try to obscure truth, as the Bush crowd has, that is sad
for our democracy. When you try to reveal truth, as the Florida
Supreme Court did, that is swell for our democracy.
- What Bush and Gore Ought to Say
- December 7, 2000 - Stephanie Salter, San Francisco Chronicle
- God bless Cheney's generous heart. Concerned
about Gore's place in history. Just like the
song from "Man of La Mancha" -- "I'm only
thinking of him."
- Neither Won, So Split Electors Between Them
- December 7, 2000 - ERWIN CHEMERINSKY LA Times
- There is only one fair and just solution to the Florida election
battles: The Florida Supreme Court should divide the state's 25
electoral votes between Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W.
- Keep Them Out!
- December 7 - NY Times (may require a free registration)
- The tactics have changed, but the goal remains depressingly
the same: Keep the African- Americans out of the voting
- Sisyphus at Starbucks
- December 6 - NY Times (may require a free registration)
- Al, babe, snap out of it.
- We know you won. W. hasn't given it
much thought. Jeb and Katherine know better than anyone that you
won. Even Trent Lott, sashaying around W.'s ranch in that
unforgettable plumed cowboy chapeau and jeans ensemble, knows you
- But you lost. If voter intent could be tabulated, you would have
won. But it can't be. Your crusade is working, but only perversely.
- Absentee Favoritism
- December 6, 2000 - Miami Herald
- Did elections officials unfairly aid GOP?
- Amid the turmoil of this post-election, there are two principles
that Floridians should agree upon: That elections officials must
scrupulously follow the law, and that they show no favoritism.
- Cheney Gets Vulgar
- December 6 - NY Times
- It has become fashionable to say that if and when George W. Bush
makes it to the White House, Dick Cheney will be the de facto
president. This may be unfair or it may be wishful thinking. But
in any case it was Mr. Cheney, speaking last weekend, who gave us
our first post-election hints about Mr. Bush's economic policy. And
the news is not good.
- Bracing for Bush
- December 5, 2000 - James Ridgeway, The Village Voice
- With their backs to the wall, the Democrats must fight George W. Bush not from
the parapets of the White House—which slides futher from their reach with each court
decision—but in Congress, where the Republicans need their help to pass any legislation.
- Way Up North in the Land of Dixie!
- December 5 - American Politics Journal
- It is time now for the nation to shudder in anticipation of a pending ole South takeover of the United States
- Who Says the Election Has a Dec. 12 Deadline?
- December 5 - NY Times
- Is time really running out for Al Gore? He has asked the Florida's courts
to let the vote recount continue, and the process could take several weeks.
But everyone keeps talking about a strict time limit in which everything
must be resolved or else.
- Is there a real deadline? Not at all.
- Al Gore's battles in the Florida courts do not have to be
resolved by Dec. 12, when governors are required to certify
the winner of each state's electoral votes. Nor must they
conclude by Dec. 18, when the state electors meet to cast
their votes. Not even Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, is a
- Through A Glass Darkly
- December 2, 2000 - Anthony Lewis, NY Times - Local Copy
- Anyone who went to the Supreme Court argument, as I
did, hoping that the court would rescue us from the election morass
with a clear, unifying decision would have left disappointed. In
their comments, the justices seemed as divided as the rest of us.
- Give it up, W
- November 30, 2000 - Concord, (New Hampshire) Monitor editorial - Local Copy
- Bush could win at all costs or do the right thing: concede.
- The time has come for Gov. George W. Bush to concede the presidential election and
go back to Texas. This will be good for him and good for the country.
- The Telltale Heart
- November 30 - WILLIAM SAFIRE - New York Times Local Copy
- Stipulate, as the lawyers say, that the U.S. Supreme
Court hands down a decision early next week that will be accepted
by most Americans as the final word about who won the presidency.
Arguendo, let's assume it's George W. Bush.
- For 17 days in January from the swearing-in of the new Congress
on Jan. 3 to the inauguration of Bush and Dick Cheney Democrats
will be in control of the Senate, based on its 50-50 split with
Vice President Al Gore as tie-breaker.
- The True Believer
- Commentary - Local Copy
- November 30 - BOB HERBERT - New York Times
- Tom DeLay spent many long months hiding in the tall grass and
chuckling while George W. Bush traveled the country trying to
spread the fiction of compassionate conservatism.
- [Oops - need to fix this- Terry]
- November 29, 2000 - Bev Conover, Online Journal
- In the ever-escalating
revelations about Election 2000, two more potential
bombshells for the Republicans turned up in our
mailbox this morning: What appears to be vote
tampering in Georgia and an effort by the media to
cover up Florida Governor Jeb Bush's and Florida
Secretary of State Katherine Harris's alleged
- Apologies if this sounds like Drudge sludge, but,
unlike the notorious Matt, we don't make this stuff
up and the implications of a Jeb-Harris affair go
beyond anything Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky
- Oyez! Oyez! Oy Vey! This Is One Nutty Election!
- November 26, 2000 - MAUREEN DOWD - NY Times (Requires a
- WASHINGTON The old Don had helped the humiliated man in the black
robe get justice. He had treated the judge's enemies as his own
- He had caused those who tried to ruin the judge to weep bitter
tears. He made sure the nominee under his protection got justice
and became a justice.
- "Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do
me a service in return," the old Don, the head of the WASP
Corleones, whispered to the younger man.
- For Clarence Thomas, that day has arrived. Don Georgio of
Kennebunkport needs a splash of service in connection with the
hotheaded Sonny, who has gotten himself into his biggest scrape
yet. Nearly a decade has passed, and now it is time for Clarence to
repay his political godfather.
- Playing With Fire
- November 25, 2000 - ANTHONY LEWIS - NY Times (Requires a
- DALLAS -- However this presidential conflict ends in the Supreme
Court of the United States, it has taken one dangerous turn: the
excoriation of the Florida Supreme Court by George W. Bush and his
lawyer, James A. Baker III.
- Opinion: Tallahassee enters unreal times
- St. Petersburg Times, published November 25, 2000
- TALLAHASSEE -- Back
in the golden, innocent days of the nineties when elections were things to be
ignored, when presidents got into trouble over old-timey peccadilloes like
oral sex, and when Chad (adorably dimpled) was just a guy who pledged Sigma
Nu, Thanksgiving was America's favorite holiday.
- It Was Disgraceful for the Bush Campaign to Try
to Undermine Gore with the Military
- November 21, 2000 - Salon.com
- Bush, whose well-documented dereliction of service in the National Guard
has been featured on Democrats.com, couldn't resist taking the low road in
regard to military ballots that did not meet election board criteria. His
campaign sent surrogates out to attack Gore and Lieberman for allegedly being
slighting members of our Armed Forces. Simply disgraceful! Democrats.com commentary
- Martin Savidge: Recount scene 'like a chess game' - November 18, 2000
- Commentary - Question & Answer format.
- CNN National Correspondent Martin Savidge is in Palm Beach County,
Florida, where a hand recount is being performed on the ballots from the presidential election.
- Salon.com Politics | Calling all statesmen
- November 20, 2000
- Katherine Harris and the Florida Supreme Court should give way to an election commission -- Presidents Carter and Ford are ready -- that could devise a bipartisan way out of this mess.
- Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch goes on MSNBC to compare Vice President Al Gore to deposed Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Republican House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, lambastes the Democrats' efforts to seek a fair recount of Florida ballots as "a theft in progress." Meanwhile, Gore's spokesman, Chris Lehane, compares the decisions of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to those of a "Soviet commissar," and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz calls Harris a "crook."
- Salon.com Politics | Team Bush flings charges
- November 19, 2000
- Republicans accuse Gore supporters of tampering with Bush ballots, blatantly disallowing military votes and much, much more.
- Salon.com Politics | The rare diplomat
- November 19, 2000
- Sen. Chuck Hagel abandons Republican talking points and says a statewide hand recount may be required for "legitimate finality."
- Bush camp has gone berserk and the media provide
a forum for the madness
- November 19, 2000
- With each passing day, America is beginning to look more and more like Nazi Germany.
- With neo-Nazis descending on Florida, frothing-at-the-mouth mad dog Karen Hughes, with Montana Gov. Marc Racicot in tow, went before the television cameras Saturday to hurl invective at Florida election workers involved in doing a manual recount of ballots in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties, in another attempt to turn public opinion against the process and, thereby, hand the presidential election to George W. Bush.
- Scathing commentary on the behavior of the GOP and the
Bush camp. This was even before we knew that they bussed in thug operatives
to pose as spontaneous protesters
- Miami Herald: Vice president's tenacity keeps the
GOP on the defensive
- Saturday, November 18, 2000, in the Miami Herald
- BY DICK POLMAN
- Knight Ridder News Service
- A long time ago, before the 2000 presidential election became a milestone in American history, Al Gore was roaming the land on two hours' sleep, beseeching the voters at midnight rallies, and declaring that he was fully prepared ``to work my heart out.''
- TOMPAINE.com: BURNING THE VILLAGE IN ORDER TO SAVE IT
- Saturday, November 18
- Since Election Day, George W.
Bush has kept the goal posts moving continually back and forth to prevent
Florida's southern, mostly Democratic, counties from hand counting their
ballots until they were too late to be added to the certified total. But lost
among the Bush camp's legal and rhetorical objections to hand counting is this
small fact: since the Fateful Day, Bush has benefitted from hand counts in
other counties, hand counts that have secured his lead by margins that began
at 1784 and reportedly went as low as 225 votes before rising again in recent
days with the arrival of more absentee ballots.
- How the GOP is trying to manipulate the American public, and threatening our
belief in the system in the process
- The Consortium: Who Should Concede? The Secret History of Modern U.S. Politics
- November 13, 2000
- By Robert Parry
- Op-ed columns in
major American newspapers are calling for Vice President Al Gore to accept
defeat and concede, even though he seems to have won the nationwide popular
vote by about 200,000 and was the apparent choice of a plurality of Florida
voters though some miscast their votes.
- Details numerous Republican dirty tricks and "October Suprises" since 1960
that Democrats have have kept quiet on for the good of the country.
- The Consortium: The GOP's Popular-Vote Hypocrisy
- November 10, 2000
- In the days before the Nov. 7 election, Republicans feared that
Vice President Al Gore might win the Electoral College while Texas Gov. George
W. Bush could win the national popular vote.
- Details of how the GOP planned to challenge the legitimacy of a popular-vote loser
gaining the White House, their ads, talk show campaign, recruiting newspapers,
churches and business
- TOMPAINE.com: SO GORE'S THE ONE WHO SHOULD CONCEDE?
- November 9, 2000
- The Republicans have insisted that Al
Gore should gracefully concede defeat and allow the nation to move on. That's
certainly one way of looking at things. But why is the burden on Gore? Just as
good a case can be made that Bush is the one who should gracefully concede
- Voting irregularities and the GOP is hiding behind technicalities.
- Gore 2000: Statement By Chairman William
- November 9, 2000
- - Secretary Christopher and I have been in Florida for 20 hours and I am here to report that what we have learned left us deeply troubled about the fairness of the election count that has been reported.
- Most notably, it appears that more than 20,000 voters in Palm Beach County who in all likelihood thought they were voting for Al Gore had their votes counted as votes for Pat Buchanan or not counted at all. Because this disenfranchisement of these Floridians is so much larger than the reported gap between George Bush and Al Gore legally this requires the full attention of the courts in Florida and concerned citizens all around the country.
- Salon.com Politics | County official knew about
- November 9, 2000
- Palm Beach County's elections supervisor distributed a memo to workers about voter confusion -- hours after the polls opened.
- The most dangerous Bushism of all
- October 15, 2000
- "I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place." —George W. Bush in the 1st Presidential Debate
- Has anyone in the United States figured out how ludicrous this philosophy
is in an era when the U.S. military is involved in vital missions of shared UN
Peacekeeping troops throughout the most seriously troubled spots in the world?
Is he claiming our military won't have anything to do with UN Peacekeeping
unless there's a war? Why isn't the media exposing this?
- If Bush and Cheney win, would they meet the constitutional
requirements to serve?
- September 7, 2000
- While the corporate media remain silent on the subject, if the Republican presidential
ticket manages to win the November election, the country could face a
constitutional crisis if neither candidate is qualified to serve.
- If Bush was AWOL from the Air National Guard, How can he obtain
the necessary security clearances for the Presidency? If he obtained a new
driver's license to hide a felony, he'd be disqualified. And that pesky
- "What is George W. hiding?"
- July 8, 2000
- The word coming through the media grapevine is that no matter what George W. Bush did in the past or does between now and November 7, he is to be given a pass by the corporate media.
- Corporate America and the right wing have decreed that the Texas governor will be the next president of the United States, and that is that.
- Why the media covers for Bush and assails Gore.
And why, precisely, did Dubya need a new license?
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