Until Tuesday, there was the hope that the Florida Supreme Court would
give Gore a graceful exit by ruling for Bush. Alas, it appears that this
circus has found a permanent home in our living rooms. One cannot fault
the media titans for prolonging this ordeal. They haven't had so much cheap
fun since O J Simpson.
The only reason this matter has gone this far, is that Bush seems incapable
of articulating his own defense. The Democrats have already attempted to
tamper with a few thousand overseas military ballots designed for hand
counting. Why would they be trusted to hand count over five million ballots
designed for machine counting? End of story.
Gore has a legion of trial lawyers, who hatch and multiply in the Democratic
Party. He has the eastern media establishment, which already tried to swing
the election by the early release of inaccurate exit polls. When you have
that much mud on your face, it doesn't matter what you look like. The very
same self-appointed media aristocracy that muzzled Nader and hushed up
the 'cyber vote' stealing scandal is at it again. They will go the extra
mile and give a credible image to a man who would steal the White House.
In essence, Gore is asking Bush for just one more chance to steal the
election. The Bush campaign and the Republicans are aghast that the Democrats
are crazy enough to propose such an audacious request. It is almost impossible
to find the rare Republican who will even consider the possibility of a
Gore presidency. For good reasons, many Americans would see it as a coup
by lawyers and Florida's Democratic Party hacks. If the Florida Electoral
College vote ever lands in Gore's column, the 'Fraudila' Presidency will
invite a 24/7 Republican insurrection from the inaugaration to the impeachment.
Government paralysis, in and of itself, would marginally affect the lives
of most Americans. But if half the population believes an arrogant self-absorbed
pretender occupied the White House, there will be no end to the acrimony
that will infest the political process. Which is fine by those of us who
would love to have both parties reveal more about how they spent three
billion dollars to pollute our political process.
The Republicans are no saints and one can safely conjecture that if the
glove fit, they would not quit. But, it is Gore who has been given the
opportunity to make a fool out of himself. Ever the opportunist, Gore has
risen to the occasion.