(The topic of the 2000 presidential election seems to be popping up on a few threads , I figured I would start a new one so it wouldn't take anything away from other topics)
It is the democrats contention that President Bush stole the election and even if he didn't steal it Al Gore did win the popular vote. Republicans obviously feel that the opposite is true. Either way democrats feel that President Bush is an illegitimate president and the 5-4 decision by supreme court that ended Al Gores chances to be president was wrong. Democrats are angry about it. It is my opinion if Al Gore was politicaly savvy he would have taken a step back and said he wasn't going to contest the election for the good of the country and ran again in 2000. Instead he gambled and lost in what was a loose/ loose situation for him. If he won the republicans would be saying that he stole the election (which would have also brought up many of the various Clinton scandals the publics mind) and if he lost because of the actions and decisions he made he could never run for president again and win, which is what happened. He would have been a stronger candidate in 2004 for taking the high road and he would have distance himself from the Clintons and the Buddhist monastery Peoples Republic of China fund raiser.
My opinion on the matter is it was Al Gore who was attempting to steal the election not Bush. I am not saying that the republicans didn't play dirty but the initial attempt was started by Al Gore. My first problem is that even before all the recounts there was a great deal of evidence of vote fraud by democratic activist. They had a smoke for votes scam where they would give homeless people cigarettes in exchange for a vote for democrat of course http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/...ote/index.html and http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/...ther.recounts/, a Florida democratic activist caught with a voteamatic machine http://www.apfn.net/messageboard/11....cgi.4689.html , Felons in Florida voting illegally http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald...2072000.htm?1c,
While all this was going on the democrats much like the borgs from star trek hit the media air ways all saying the same thing. As far as I can tell they were saying that people where to stupid to vote and reverted back to the race card saying that African Americans had been disenfranchised but provided no evidence to support this. Al Gore was busy trying to get recounts in only democratic counties and went to court to have military votes thrown out. Meanwhile during the recounts there are wide spread reports of misconduct by some of the people doing the recounts. They were apparently to eager to give a vote to Gore.
Had he simply asked for a state wide recount maybe he wouldn't have committed political suicide. Any way had he got the recounts he wanted he wouldn't have been elected any way. http://www.newsmax.com/archives/arti...2/120247.shtml
Even if he did win the popular vote which is doubtful because of the voting fraud issues, there is still the issue of the electoral college which would have prevented him from a victory anyway. Either way Bush won. Had the supreme court not stepped in Al Gore would still be in court today disputing the election and tearing the country apart.