I think we better take a deep breath before trying to fashion legislative panaceas for perceived problems with our electoral system. The uncertainty in the Florida election result is not due to a flawed system, but fallen humanity.
U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, who rejected the Bush campaign's call for an injunction against manual counts of Florida ballots, was a modest but consistent contributor to Democratic candidates -- including Al Gore -- prior to going on the federal bench in 1997.
The most craven man wins. That's why it was Dubya's turn to look bad this week. After chastising Team Gore for trying to settle the election in court, Bush had his own lawyers in court yesterday trying to prevent a hand count of votes in four Democratic counties in Florida.
The definitive signal that the search to identify the next president had been handed over to the lawyers came Tuesday in Tallahassee when former Secretary of State Warren Christopher was suddenly joined in front of television cameras by an addition to Al Gore's team.
Is your schoolchild watching too much television? Eating too many junk foods and drinks instead of what's healthy? Nagging you to buy expensive sneakers? Too easily swayed by advertising? If so, why are the schools encouraging all those things?
As Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried." The near tie in the 2000 election is giving the American people a civics lesson unprecedented in our lifetime.
I have a sick, sinking feeling. It's impeachment all over again. But this time it's about the results of a presidential election. Like President Clinton, Al Gore is willing to precipitate a constitutional crisis to hold on to power.
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