Finally, Gore explained to us his grim, unalterable duty: to help make sure Americans "did everything they could to ensure that all citizens who voted had their votes counted." Count every vote, Gore insists on noble principle, except in Republican Seminole County, where Al Gore is urging the court to throw out thousands of absentee ballots (named, known voters) on technical grounds. Count every vote, except in Nassau County, where Al Gore is in court trying to keep the 200 or so votes that Nassau County officials inadvertently failed to tally in the machine recount out of the official vote count. Count every vote, except for those of soldiers overseas, where Al Gore seeks to prevent hundreds of military absentee ballots (again with named, known voters) from being counted. Count every vote, but only in three heavily Democratic counties where extra Gore votes can be found, or invented by eager Democratic vote counters, repeatedly overruling their Republican colleagues in cases of contested ballots by 2-to-1 partisan rulings.
With luck, Gore is only taking political hypocrisy and sanctimony to new heights (or lows). What scares me, given that there is a slim chance Al Gore may yet finagle his way into the White House, is the possibility that he really believes his own private world -- Al Gore, noble crusader for democracy -- is true.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.