I just read a New York Times article (July 15) on "How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote," which reports how the Bush campaign bent rules, ignored Florida state laws, threatened canvassing board members with bogus laws and argued out of both sides of their mouths to accept ballots without postmarks (some of which were cast after the election) in Bush-leaning counties, and then argued conversely to uphold Florida state law and reject ballots without postmarks in pro-Gore counties when it would benefit Bush.
As I felt during this debacle of democracy, the partisan lawyers on both sides were just trying to win regardless of the will of the people. What's the lesson here? To me it is that cunning and lack of scruples overpowered justice and, in this instance, our constitution. The Republicans outfoxed the Democrats and the Republican-weighted Supreme Court did a slam dunk on the foul ball that was tipped up by Bush's campaign. Who won? The best cheaters. Who lost? American Democracy. Who's president? His fraudulence. Who cares? We all should.
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