Sandra Day O'Connor has Doubts about the Decision in Bush V. Gore and she is not alone. George W Bush should never have been given the keys to the White House unless and until a count of all of the votes showed that the voters had elected him. The little hushed secret is beginning to see the light of day and it is a good thing that truth is finally getting out. Bush was a terrible president. In most countries other than here Bush's name would disappear from the history books.
Al Gore Won The Election, GW Bush Was Awarded the Presidency by the Supreme Court
As more and more time passes it is increasingly clear the Supreme Court overstepped its bounds in awarding the Presidency of the United States to George W Bush. The courts gift to the republican party may go down in history as the greatest blunder of all time. It is not that the court was not wrong before, but they had never abused the will of the American people so completely with so little reguard to fairness. After this gift from the Supreme court Bush, Cheney went on to nearly destroy the country and completely make fools of even their own partisan supporters. The United States Government was sold down the river so the Bush High Dollar supporters could profit off the spoils of war.
Supreme Court Case Study: Bush v. Gore
Perhaps no event better illustrates the power of the United States Supreme Court than the resolution of the 2000 presidential election. Just when you thought the separation of powers issue had been settled once and for all, the Court stepped in to adjudicate who had won the biggest political contest of all. Legions of Court watchers, law professors, media commentators, and armchair legal analysts across the country thought the Court's willingness to step into the fray was a major misstep. Even worse a decision that supported ultra right wing business interest was forced on the voters and the slippage of the country started almost immediately.
Election night 2000 was a cliffhanger that went on for weeks. Many people went to bed that night thinking that Al Gore had won, only to discover in the morning that George W. Bush had been declared the winner. In fact, the election was simply too close to call. Several states were up for grabs, but in the end it came down to one: Florida, where Bush's younger brother, Jeb, was governor. Florida electors were unable to commit themselves to either Bush or Gore owing to the closeness of the vote. Brush fires erupted in several precincts where the candidates' surrogates traded allegations about various improprieties. Recounts were started, then stopped as Republicans and Democrats wrangled over what standards to apply. It was more than a little chaotic.
The Court steps in
The Supreme Court actually interposed itself into the election contest three times. Only the last two are known as Bush v. Gore. In the first of these cases, Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, the Court hoped to end the election crisis by putting a stop to the Florida Supreme Court's decision to extend the time for certifying the vote past the period set by state law. But by the time the Court began hearing arguments in the appeal on December 1, the certification had already occurred. The embarrassed justices sent the case back down to the Florida Supreme Court, instructing the lower court to rewrite its opinion so that it would not create a conflict between state and federal law.
A week later, the Florida Supreme Court ordered a statewide recount of ballots. Unlike its earlier decision, however, this one was not unanimous. With the Florida justices split 4-3, the U.S. Supreme Court once again exercised its discretionary appellate review jurisdiction and granted certiorari, or review, to Bush v. Gore. The day after the Florida Supreme Court had ordered a recount, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay, or delay, in enforcing the Florida Supreme Court's order. The U.S. Supreme Court justices, too, were narrowly divided, 5-4. The five justices voting in favor of the stay were the same five conservatives who had been moving the Rehnquist Court to the right for more than a decade. The first hearing of Bush v. Gore telegraphed to the nation what would happen if the Court took further action in the case.
The Court's third and final intervention in the 2000 presidential election came just days later. In its unsigned opinion, the Court explained that it had voted 5-4 to put a stop to the Florida recount. Allowing the recount to go forward, the Court said, would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back down to the Florida Supreme Court, which had no alternative but to dismiss it. The presidential election of 2000 had been decided, in essence, by the vote of one Supreme Court justice. That is how right wing conservatives stole control of the United States Government. The truth is beginning to seep out and the sooner the whole sorry affair is exposed the better.
Needless to say, the George W. Bush camp was jubilant. Al Gore supporters were incensed. Many people were simply happy to have things settled. But others worried that the Court had gone too far. In the past, in landmark cases like Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which put an end to legal segregation, and United States v. Nixon (1974), which led to the first presidential resignation under threat of impeachment, were unanimously decided. After Bush v. Gore, the concern was that the Court had not only overreached itself but undermined its authority by not speaking with one voice. That split decision, 5-4, suggested that Bush v. Gore was a political, not a judicial, decision. The suggestion that it was a political decision was correct and now the question is can all the kings armies and all the kings men put humpty dumpty back together again? The conservatives on the court live and breathe to make sure it can never be corrected.
Bush v. Gore wasn't the Court's first foray into the realm of king making. The election of 1876 pitted Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic governor of New York, against Rutherford B. Hayes, the Republican governor of Ohio. After the votes had been counted, it seemed that Tilden had won the popular vote and had 184 uncontested electoral votes to Hayes's 165. The magic number was 185 electoral votes.
Twenty votes of the Electoral College were still up for grabs, however — all but one of them in the southern states of Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. (The exception was Oregon. They always have marched to a different drummer.)
The Twelfth Amendment stipulates that in a contested presidential election, "The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and the House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted." Because in 1876 Congress was equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-controlled House set up an electoral commission to decide who would become president. The Senate chose three Republicans and two Democrats to sit on the commission, and the House chose two Democrats and three Republicans. The remainder of the commission was to consist of five justices of the Supreme Court. The bill setting up the commission named two Republican justices and two Democratic justices, but let those four select their own nonpartisan tiebreaker.
The only truly neutral member of the Court at the time was David Davis. But Davis resigned from the Court almost immediately, leaving only Republican justices as alternatives. Joseph Bradley, seemingly the least partisan of those remaining, was selected as the final member of the commission. To no one's great surprise, the commission voted along party lines, selecting the Republican Hayes.
Democrats, who were mostly Southerners, cried foul, claiming that Davis, and perhaps Bradley, had been subjected to political blackmail.
When the uproar threatened to derail the orderly transfer of power, a deal was struck. The Republicans agreed to withdraw the federal troops still occupying the South in the wake of the Civil War, to appropriate funds for Southern improvement, and to appoint at least one Southerner to the cabinet. In return, the Democrats agreed not to delay Hayes's inauguration. It was a flat-out political deal, and ever since its implementation, the Court has been criticized for having played a part in what many saw as outright log rolling.
And the winner is . . .
Why, then, did the Supreme Court agree to get back into the fray after the election of 2000? In a sense, the justices had no choice. When the contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore proved too close to call, the contestants resorted to a series of lawsuits in an effort to settle the matter. These suits proceeded simultaneously in the state court system and in federal court. The cases largely concerned the matter and manner of vote counting (and recounting) in the pivotal state of Florida.
There were charges of voter intimidation, ballot rigging — all manner of political shenanigans. Something had to be done. The proper something was to have all the ballots counted and let the voters pick the winner but the court stopped the counting of ballots and awarded the job to George W Bush. Bush took the GOP down and dam near destroyed the country giving all the surpluses
built up by William J Clinton to the wealthy (he called them his base) and leaving the country mired in debt and millions unemployeed.
Bush did long term damage to the republican party and was a big factor in Barack Obama being elected President. Until the GOP cleanses itself and once again is led by adults it should wander in the desert devoid of power. It will take 20 years to fix all the republicans laid waste to. GW Bush's Presidential Library is now opening, it is a Fantasy Land bigger in dreams than Disney World in Jeb Bush's Florida.
The Supreme Court stopped the counting of the votes. How would a proper and full counting have turned out? Glad you asked. What a disaster it was that Bush stole the election. The consortium (9 major newspapers) did a full recount showing that Gore beat Bush, 50,999,896 (49.38) to 50,456,002 (47.87%). Even winning the disputed Florida vote. Now how ironic that Bush is listed as one of the worst Presidents (68% say so) in our history.
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