No need to actually vote, folks: the Election result has already been written by the AP: At this hour, President Bush has won re-election as president by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide. Ralph Nader has 1 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 51 percent of the precincts reporting.
(they say it's a test article, but who ever heard of an election results article being pre-written?)
Bush Winning Gore Backers' High Praises
I never thought I would see this in the New York Times; praise for President Bush. "Many Democrats who once dismissed Mr. Bush as too naïve and too dependent on advisers to steer the United States through an international crisis are now praising his and his advisers' performance. Some are even privately expressing satisfaction that Mr. Gore, who tried to make his foreign affairs expertise an issue in the campaign, did not win." I cannot agree more!
Is Nader a Sancho Panza, the realist, or Don Quixote, the dreamer, when he says Bush policies toward environment help ignite attention to our needs and thus good to have?
Or is he just a guy who can't believe he might have been wrong?
Hanging a dead chad . . .
The Miami Herald has completed the recount of undervotes from all 67 counties in Florida. The findings? The Herald says it best: . . . under almost all scenarios, Bush still would have won. Indeed, in one of the great ironies of the bitter 2000 election, Bush's lead would have vanished only if the recount had been conducted under severely restrictive standards advocated by some Republicans.
"until every vote is coutned"
: A review of 10,600 previously uncounted ballots in Miami-Dade County showed George W. Bush gaining six more votes than Al Gore.
Nat Hentoff on the Supreme Court and Bush v Gore:
"Far from stealing the election for Bush, the majority of the Supreme Court shamed the politicians of both parties who, for so long, have failed to secure everyone's meaningful right to vote."
George W. Bush is elected President of the United States.
Affirmed by no less than Al Gore himself. The electoral votes have been tallied and certified. It. Is. Over.
last speeches of the 2000 campaign are great signposts to how the next administration will run.
FLASH: Gore Concedes.
Ok, I guess *now* it's over. Bye, Alec...
Bush apparently wins...
and the New York Times is apparently speechless. 54k
(The original page has already changed; please forgive the link to the image on my site.)
Supreme Court II: Election Boogaloo.
Programs, getcher programs here! Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can get your grubby hands on the Bush
briefs right now. Fascinating reading. PDF files, of course.
Choose your own election.
Worth reading, just for a bit of 80s nostalgia.
Bush attempts to move on
and creates a Web site to help facilitate the process. My, he does have bal^H^H^Hguts doesn't he? I think at this point Gore doesn't expect to win and is continuing with his pursuits to make sure the laws get changed for the next election. What do you think?
The first step in setting up a parallel government?
"Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney said if the General Services Administration will not assist George W. Bush's transition to the White House, the campaign is prepared to go ahead on its own. 'We will proceed drawing on other sources,' Cheney told reporters in Washington on Monday." Yeah, I just bet they will.
The Greenwood Position.
Partisan perhaps, but will Peggy Noonan's latest OpEd in the WSJ be a rallying cry for frustrated conservatives? She offers compelling arguments and solid suggestions for proactive redress. Talk amongst yourselves.
The end... finally.
Today at five pm. Judge Lewis upholds the statutory deadline for election returns to be certified, despite media specualtion that he was initially inclined to extend it.
The Bush campaign is seeking contributions to fund the Florida recount
and here I am thinking that they were fighting
the recount. I'm sorry to add a link to the political chaos but the Bush campaign just baffles me to no end. Could some objective non-partisan please stand up for the people's constitutional right to franchisement?
"If Dubya steals the White House, American democracy will be a joke."
A vehemently liberal polemic from the UK, which I don't necessarily agree with, but still: "President Dubya will be barren of legitimacy at home and devoid of moral authority abroad. The Saddam Husseins of the planet, every petty, vicious dictator around the world, will scoff in the face of America."
are looking at us and giggling about our democratic process. It's rather enlightening to see what they think, provided the attitude the US newsmedia takes when other countries' elections appear "fixed", "inefficient," or "ineffective."
It's not over yet folks!
Democratic candidate Al Gore has called GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush for the second time tonight, retracting his earlier call congratulating Bush on his victory. Gore is expected to speak to his supporters in Nashville soon.
GOP Supports Gore!
Well, sort of. The GOP Web site was defaced last night
with a well-written diatribe about why Bush shouldn't be President.
Bush narrowly defeats Gore by 26 electors and 0.1 percent of the popular vote.
That's the average of 14 predictions in the Washington Post
. I thought it would be interesting to see how MetaFilter's pundits fare in predicting the Electoral Count and popular vote, so I'm offering a bribe ...
The Campaign Scandal Generator.
Just in time for the lightning round of the campaign!
Most of the map is red
but the candidates are still neck-and-neck. Bush has the lead in a whole lot of huge states with small populations. But Gore has CA, NY, NJ and IL. Thus it is with the electoral college.
If they were electing by square mile, Bush would have it sewn up.
The New York Times endorses Al Gore
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Denver Post also endorsed Gore, while rival George W. Bush picked up endorsements from Chicago’s two daily newspapers and Denver’s Rocky Mountain News.
The true culprit behind the Bush/Gore billboard
has been revealed. No, it's not Nader -- it's a publicity-grubbing dot-com
The Republicans make character assassination an art form.
Several people have linked to this already on their sites and I haven't had a chance to update my own yet, but Phil Agre's latest piece about Republican dirty tricks is a must-read. "The past ten days will go down as a turning point in American history. This is what it's like when the far right is taking over your country: the people support Al Gore's policies, but the polls are shifting toward George W. Bush because the media is filled with false attacks on Al Gore's character."
Monkeyfist has some alternate questions
for the two candidates.
"The vice president says he would rather protect this refuge than gain the energy, but this is a false choice ..."
~G.W. Bush (on Gore's plan to keep the protected status of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while Bush plans to open up parts of the protected land to oil prospecters.)
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: GORE MOLE SUSPECTED TO HAVE INFILTRATED BUSH CAMPAIGN; FBI MOVES IN; DEBATE PREP TAPE EXPOSED BREACH
This could be big. I remember when I read about the whole Moncia dress incident on the Drudge Report and look what happened... I hope to god it is not true, I couldn't stand Bush winning because of something like this.
PS, don't yell at me for the caps, it's Drudge. What do you expect?
Bush: 342 / Gore: 224
Bush leads Gore in the number of jokes made about him on late night talk shows.
Reminder: Al Gore is on Oprah today, Bush next Tuesday.
can you tell i work at home? :) an interesting chance to see the candidates speak, though probably very scripted.
Last week, Bush was up by 16 points
. Today, Gore is up
. Who are all of these “swing” voters that can't make
up their minds in the face of clear differences
between the candidates?
Well here's why Ralph is running.
Do the other guys have anything this succinct and clear-cut? I can't find on the 'Net any page, nor have I heard in any of their speeches, where Bush or Gore come straight out and state exactly why they're running.
Americans believe in a recession
within the next four years.
But of course. It's only natural after the most prolonged economic expansion in history. So don't go blaming the next administration when it finally happens.
If Gore is president, then people will say: "12 years of democrats is enough!", but if Bush is in charge, then the complain will go "You see? republicans don't have a clue".
Bush and Gore won their respective Iowa primaries.
Excuse while I let out an enormous yawn. I was talking about Bill Bradley to a friend
the other day, and he thought I was a crackpot. So I dug up the old Select Smart URL
, and made him fill out the form. Given his stance on issues, Bill Bradley came up as his first choice too. He went nuts, and said instead of punch cards with names in the voting booth, we should answer questions like the Select Smart site
, and submit a vote for the candidate that most matches our stances on issues. Instead of pointless political advertising, candidates' positions on real issues would determine who would vote for them. Wouldn't that be great?