Musings —04.10.2012 12:00 AM—
In the fights between conservatives and liberals, those are the two that the Right cherish. Against all odds, conservatives humiliated liberals (in the latter), or seized ultimate power from them (in the former). For conservatives, 2000 and 2011 were historic.
The Bush and Harper election conquests are alike in another way, of course: Both remain tainted by allegations of election fraud.
In 2000, Bush “won” the presidential race with 271 electoral college votes to vice-president Al Gore’s 266. But Bush didn’t really win at all. In raw vote, Gore, with just under 51 million votes, received half a million more votes than Bush. Bush ended up “winning” because seven conservative jurists on the U.S. Supreme Court halted a crucial recount of ballots cast in Florida, thereby ensuring that all of the state’s 25 electoral college votes would be awarded to Bush, not Gore.
More Americans wanted Gore as their president, but that didn’t matter to the seven judges, who stopped the recount that non-partisan experts say would have won Gore the presidency.