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?)
Al Gore on tomorrow's Bush-Kerry duel: The debate tomorrow should not seek to discover which candidate would be more fun to have a beer with. As Jon Stewart of the "The Daily Show'' nicely put in 2000, "I want my president to be the designated driver.''
The recount results are in. Will this only serve to undermine Bush's authority in a time of crisis? Should the media have sat on this until the current situation becomes more stable?
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.
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.)
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to reverse the Fla. high court's decision to allow manual recounts on disputed ballots. This essentially closes off Gore's last challenges. Now why can't I find a non-PDF format copy of the decision on the Web????
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.
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 "War on Drugs" cost Gore the election.
"In a stroke of divine justice, it turns out he [Gore] might have easily won Florida had it not been for the felony disenfranchisement laws that disproportionately strip the vote from African-American men," said Sanho Tree, director of the drug policy project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. "Let's hope he ponders this long and hard while he waits for the recount."
13 Myths About the Results of the 2000 Election.
I know, I know. We're all tired of election stuff. But for anyone who's not, this is well worth reading. [via rewired]
"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."
Wherefore art thou, NM?
"Amid the intense legal and public relations battle for Florida and its 25 electoral votes, Al Gore may have lost a state: New Mexico."
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."
on a weblist noted: "According to http://www.tcpalm.com/_special/pres_returns.shtml
, David McReynolds, the Socialist candidate who had the hole beneath Gore's on the ballot, got no more than 36 votes in any county in Florida except Palm Beach, where he got 302. Seems questionable to me." So we've definitely got a problem with the ballot. Is it do over time yet?
Linear regression analysis adds approximately 2700 votes to Gore's tally
-- "If Palm Beach county were like the other counties, according to estimates with Bush's votes Buchanan would have gotten around 600 votes in that county instead of 3407 votes he actually got. If we used Gore's votes to predict Buchanan's vote, we would have predicted Buchanan to get somewhere around 792 votes. ...[in any case] it can be claimed with a high degree of statistical confidence that the mistakes cost Gore somewhere between 2000 and 3000 votes. If Bush wins Florida by an amount smaller than this, such as 1700 votes, a strong claim can be made that the confusion over the unique ballot structure in Palm Beach cost Gore the presidency...."
If Al Gore becomes the president, Mickey Kaus has a wickedly devious
idea on how the Dems can stick it to the senate Repubs. It hinges on Joe Leiberman refusing the vice-presidency.
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.
Michael Moore, Certified Public Crankyman, explains why Gore is so deeply undeserving
of the vote I'll probably cast for him anyway...(via memepool)
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.
Gore Camp Attacks Nader's Sex Life
Nader responds: "If this does not open the eyes of the American people, nothing will."
Sierra Club defends Gore
record on the environment.
Among the choice quotes:
" I think Nader has to take responsibility not for what he wants, but for what George Bush does. . . .If you're a political leader and you follow a strategy which you have calculated is likely to produce George Bush in the White House, you have to take responsibility for what George Bush does. And George Bush is going to put into place policies that are going to cause people to die."
Only 6 more days to post election topics! Yee haw!
Gore's Connection to Occidental Petroleum
goes much deeper than an investment in a mutual fund. From the article: "...the Clinton Administration has been quietly helping the company--a generous donor to the Democrats in recent years--to win support in Colombia for its drilling plans."
Nader/Gore Vote swap in effect
1,107 votes changed hands so far
MSNBC calls Gore on his shakey environmental
record and comments on how environmentalist groups are only recently endorsing him as election day jitters kick in.
Online petitions have much less clout than old-fashioned paper ones, but...
ya gotta appreciate the twist on this one, demanding that Gore withdraw from the race because he's spoiling it for Nader!
Greens for Gore
have a voting strategy. If you like Nader, you might want to see what they have in mind.
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."
Nader debates Gore advisor this week
They might not let him debate Gore face to face, but hey, at least this is something. Way to put the issues on the table, Ralph.
Monkeyfist has some alternate questions
for the two candidates.
Democrat election site spamming search engines?
What does Al Gore have to do with MP3's? Did he take the initiative in inventing them too?
"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.)
As conspiracy rumors go, this is a doozy: World Oil Magazine
is hearing from its Mid East sources that the Arab states are so angry with Gore's choice of a Jewish running mate that they're going to cut back production in the hopes of swinging the election to Bush. I'm sure the Gore team gave plenty of thought as to how Lieberman would play in Peoria, but I wonder if they considered how much he would antagonize Damascus?
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.
Yesterday's New York Times
says Gore is still in the lead (story gone to New York Times archive hell). A story today says they two are neck-in-neck and Bush has lost his comfortable lead.
Polls are worth about a nickel apiece when you burn them for firewood and can then turn down the thermostat.
The lead that Al Gore once enjoyed in most presidential polls in wake of the Democratic convention has all but disappeared, according to the latest Voter.com Battleground 2000 poll released Thursday.
The survey reports that the vice president’s numbers are slipping and George W. Bush is back on top for the first time in weeks.
GoreWillSayAnything.com. Coming Soon, like, maybe this afternoon.
This is the address posted at the end of the RNC's latest attack on Gore. I was hoping to see some quality negative web design.
Bush Evades Prime-Time Debates.
"Gore spokesman Chris Lehane said Bush's 'idea of the perfect debate is on Austin cable access during the Olympic finals women's gymnastics.'"
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?
The Rock and Dick Cheney
team up to layeth the smacketh down on Al Gore's candy ass!