And like the rest of us, Bush could never be sure that a country that did not remove a man like Clinton from office would prevent a close presidential election from being openly stolen.
In fact, the country isn't nuts. Even most Democrats aren't nuts -- these days you mostly hear Democrats demanding a chance to vote again, on the grounds that if they had known what a jerk Gore would be, they would have voted for Bush. (Those aren't the ones you see on TV.)
Instead of being weak and conciliatory, Bush is authoritative and maybe a little annoyed -- a positive in any Republican. As with Clarence Thomas, it's always nice to give Republicans one last little reminder of what Democrats are like before the Republican assumes power. Instead of being resentful, Democrats are embarrassed. Instead of being lukewarm about Bush, Republicans are wildly enthusiastic.
This is no time to throw in the towel. You go, girl!
Admittedly, the twilight of your litigation strategy has the ghostly feel of a death row prisoner's final appeal for clemency. The lawyers dash from court to court trying to postpone the inevitable, but the sense of foreboding is palpable.
Still, like I say, this is no time to be a quitter.
If three recounts and a coup de grace from the real Supreme Court weren't enough to stop you, why stop now? Not the Electoral College, not even Bush's inauguration should knock the wind out of your sails. Indeed, it's time to start planning a Shadow Inauguration for yourself. Perhaps one of the Florida Supreme Court justices will be available to swear you in.
What the Democratic Party could really use now is for you to announce a presidency in exile. Move to Canada, issue presidential proclamations, and under no circumstances relent in your demand that Tipper call you "Mr. President."
Alan Dershowitz -- indeed, any number of Harvard law professors -- would leap at the chance to be your attorney general in exile. Or better -- with just a little flexibility in the location of your vagabond presidency and close attention to his sailing schedule -- you might be able to line up Geraldo Rivera.
You have done more to discredit the Democrats and validate Bush's presidency than anyone ever could have imagined. Don't stop now!