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Why is Bush so afraid of a 'lil old hand count if he thinks he's got Florida all sewn up? So much for his mumbling and grumbling and (gasp) indignation about the Florida lawsuits filed by Gore supporters. Shrub is only putting out fires with gasoline.
-- First (KillAllTheLawyers@Squabbling.com), November 10, 2000
And here's the link: http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2000/11/10/160117.shtml
-- To (The@Top.com), November 10, 2000.
I don't think it's the count itself that's feared. I think it's the precedent that the losing side can keep demanding one recount after another until they end up winning. An election should determine who gets elected. It should NOT simply determine how many different lawsuits can be dreamed up by the losing side for every irregularity real or imagined. If we permit this, the precedent is frightening because we have NEVER had an election such that some partisan judge (for the losing party) somewhere cannot be found to issue an injunction against for one reason or another.
-- Flint (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 10, 2000.
An election should determine who gets elected. It should NOT simply determine how many different lawsuits can be dreamed up by the losing side for every irregularity real or imagined.
Agreed, however a recount and a lawsuit are two different things. The hand-recounts are apparently intended to detect possible irregularities in machine-counted votes. It should probably be noted that these possible voting discrepancies could go either way, possibly even expanding Bush's lead.
Should the officials in Florida find nothing irregular after the sample hand-count, it is unlikely that they will continue, regardless of what the Gore camp requests.
-- (email@example.com), November 10, 2000.
I think it's the precedent that the losing side can keep demanding one recount after another until they end up winning.
If the losing side demands enough recounts that they end up winning it's because they are the *rightful* winners by the numbers, not by any sleight of hand or errors (human or otherwise). How can anyone find fault in the fact that they are committed and tenacious enough to ensure that the election was conducted fairly and that the correct tally and intended outcome was achieved?
-- First (GetMeAn@Excedrin.com), November 10, 2000.
Shrub is very scared of those 19,000 ballots where people punched 2 holes. He knows damn well that they wanted to vote for Gore, but punched Buchanan by mistake first.
If he ends up sitting in the big chair, I bet those 2-holers are going to come back to haunt him.
-- lol (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 10, 2000.