Jewish World Review Nov. 22, 2000 / 24 Mar-Cheshvan, 5761
Doing 'anything to win'
FOR THOSE of you who insist on taking the position -- regardless of
the evidence -- that Gore and Bush (and more broadly, Republicans and
Democrats) are guilty of equal misconduct and heavy-handedness in the
Florida post-election chaos, I urge you to consider this evidence:
Gore's actions are inconsistent with his words; he insists that
he wants every vote counted, but is doing everything he can to have only
his votes counted.
Gore said in December 1999, "I'm not like George Bush. I'll do
anything to win."
Democrats requested recounts in four of the most Gore-favoring
The Democratic machine dispatched an army of lawyers throughout
the state armed with a five-page legal memo for the express purpose of
disqualifying the maximum number of military ballots (40 percent of
those ballots were disqualified when many of them legally shouldn't have
been); Joe Lieberman had the audacity to claim that he and Gore wouldn't
subscribe to such a strategy.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Gore flooded Florida with
seasoned Democratic operatives to rustle up votes for Gore, with a
Democratic lawyer reminding them that "we only need 301 votes to win
this." The lawyer said, "Our goal is to preserve the Al Gore vote. It's
very, very important that if you see any kind of mark -- a scratch, a
dent, a pinprick in Al Gore's column -- that you challenge." When asked
how they should treat such marks on Bush ballots, the lawyer said, "Keep
your lips sealed."
Gore's DNC hired a telemarketing group to agitate voters into
complaining about the ballots.
The Gore forces were exalting the decisions of county officials
until Broward and Miami-Dade Counties voted not to conduct a full manual
recount, at which point Gore threatened to sue and forced them to
The Democrats in Broward County changed a 10-year-old rule in
the middle of a manual recount to more liberally construe ballots to
enhance Gore vote totals.
Miami-Dade suspiciously closed its recount to the press.
At least 39 felons -- mostly Democrats -- were permitted to cast
illegal absentee ballots in Democratic counties Broward and Miami-Dade.
Gore negotiator Warren Christopher called the Democratic lawyer
for Palm Beach County's elections supervisor to try to get him to exert
influence on the county to conduct a manual recount. The lawyer said he
didn't think Christopher's call was appropriate.
Gore has been personally contacting newspaper columnists to gin
up support for his cause.
Longtime Democratic operative Bob Beckel has admitted that he's
indirectly contacting electors with the hope of persuading some
Republican ones to vote for Gore.
Clinton-Gore hitman Paul Begala wrote a fire-breathing,
hate-gorged column depicting the Bush states variously as racist,
murderous, homophobic and anti-Catholic.
Democrat Mort Kondracke admitted that the ongoing manual recount
will send a signal to Democratic County commissioners as to how many
votes they're going to need to overcome Bush's lead (quickly adding that
he wasn't suggesting the commissioners were corrupt).
The Gore forces were orchestrating the most vicious character
assassination of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris for
exercising her duty under the law -- while Gore was simultaneously
requesting a meeting with Gov. Bush to improve the tone of the
discourse. MSNBC reported that Gore's aides said that if Bush wins with
the help of Katherine Harris, "the investigation of her role in this
entire situation will make Whitewater look like a picnic."
Republicans have refrained from reciprocating with a similar
attack against Democratic Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
Five separate affidavits have been filed alleging misconduct on
the part of controversial Palm Beach County Democratic election official
Eyewitnesses have reported that in one case, six Bush ballots
were placed in the Gore stack to be counted for Gore and that in several
instances, chads were taped to Bush "holes" and then Gore's holes were
While Americans overwhelmingly want finality to this process,
Joe Lieberman refused to rule out further legal challenges to the
election if he and Gore are still losing upon completion of the manual
recounts. The Baltimore Sun confirms that the Gore legal team is already
preparing further legal challenges to the election.
I rest my
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