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By William Crotty

ISBN-10: 0813367980

ISBN-13: 9780813367989

ISBN-10: 1429488131

ISBN-13: 9781429488136

America’s selection 2000 makes an attempt to make feel of the longest working, so much fiercely contested and, finally, closest race within the historical past of presidential elections. What were an earnest if predictable common election crusade morphed right into a post-election day sequence of controversies that verified the nation’s electoral procedures, its courts, and its democratic tradition. finally, in fact, a winner used to be declared and the country went approximately its company, in spite of the fact that now not earlier than basic questions have been raised as to the character of the vote and voter purpose and either the factors and methods used to make a decision elections. those concerns should be with us for years yet to come. by means of any ordinary, it used to be a historical election whose complete effects are but to be appreciated.America's selection 2000 rigorously sifts throughout the competing claims and methods, experiences what happened and gives a few checks as to the standard of the crusade, the character of the ultimate selection and the that means this has to the kingdom. Crotty contains chapters dedicated to the Courts’ unheard of function in Election 2000, an exam of the general public opinion in the course of the key occasions of the overall crusade, in addition to a bankruptcy detailing the result of key nation and native elections in addition to the congressional races.

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We call on one account: Whatever the election's outcome, the result is likely to be the same anyway. If Mr. Bush wins, especially without taking the popular vote, the Democrats will de-legitimize the election in any way they can, taking particular delight in pursuing the Sunshine State Evita, Katherine Harris—a political gift who will keep on giving. Should Air. Gore win, that old band of Vincent Foster [a Clinton White House official who committed suicide| conspiracy theorists will reunite to target Palm Beach county Commissioner Carol Roberts and the rest of her chad-counters; [Republican Congressman] Dan Burton will lead the investigation into what the Wall Street Journal has already labeled an attempted Democratic coup d'etat.

Gore's approach was to rely on the state courts for relief. The election laws, deadlines, and procedures were mandated by state law and administrative practice. Bush's objective was to take the fight to the federal courts, have them override state election laws, force administrators to recognize statutory deadlines for certification, and disallow continuing or further vote recounts. His objective was to have the vote counts ended and the election over. Gore's argument was that every vote should count and that the federal courts had no role in the process in determining the outcome.

Florida, usually conservative and Republican and with Bush's brother Jeb as governor, responded to Gore's views on Social Security, the regulation of HMOs and prescription drugs, and put the state into play. The industrial states of Pennsylvania and Michigan, both with Republican governors, saw the labor unions push hard for Gore. comers in Washington and Oregon provided an unpredictable element to the voting, and normally populist states such as Minnesota and Wisconsin did not totally embrace the populist aspects of Gore's message.

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