Election 2000: After the Decision

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The national civics course that we’ve all been taking this semester may have ended with a trick question on the final exam: how does the Supreme Court adminster blind justice when 7 of the 9 judges are republican appointees and when two sons of one justice work for George W Bush’s lawyers and when the wife of another has been screening resumes for a Bush administration. We counted on the courts for justice but we’re going to have to rely on Florida’s Sunshine law to bring the chads to light.

The Florida votes will all be counted, the question is: how will history deal with a Bush presidency if the truth outs that Al Gore got more votes. The Supreme Court seemed to honor a deadline over the right Americans have for their votes to count. “Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision,” the dissenting justices wrote – can we live with it until then? The Supreme Court decision in Bush v Gore is this hour on The Connection.
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