Magazine article Insight on the News

Democrats Are to Delegitimize Bush

Magazine article Insight on the News

Democrats Are to Delegitimize Bush

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With each passing day it becomes more apparent why the Democratic Party refused to concede this election: So that when Gov. George W. Bush is finally sworn in as our 43rd president, the office will be worthless.

Unlike Vice President Al Gore, his party isn't in denial. Democrats have chosen to go along with Gore's obsession to make it impossible for Bush to govern.

That it's disastrous for the country to have a president whose legitimacy is questioned doesn't even enter into their calculations. For the next four years, they will repeat in mantra fashion the following: Gore won the popular vote. Bush was elected president with the electoral votes of a state where his margin of victory was .009 percent. Given that thousands of Democratic votes were "undercounted," it's probable that the vice president was the real winner in Florida, hence of the presidency. Bush stole the election, they will keep saying.

Virtually any close election can be contested in this way. The only difference in Florida, besides its exceptional closeness, is the exceptional job Democrats have done of challenging the outcome with incessant allegations of miscounting, voter confusion and intimidation by rampaging Republican mobs.

If Florida is in doubt, so is Gore's supposed lead in the popular vote nationally. It appears that Gore took 49 percent of the popular vote, while Bush got 48 percent. The day after the election, the vice president was ahead by about 358,000 votes out of more than 103 million cast. However, that tally did not include absentee ballots, which some states are still counting. As these tend to break Republican, by the time the dust settles, Gore's narrow lead could evaporate.

Not that it matters. The outcome of this election will be decided like every other presidential contest for the last 200 years -- as specified by Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution -- in the Electoral College. There, Bush will have the only majority that ultimately counts. When Bush becomes president, will he have less of a mandate than his immediate predecessor?

In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House with 43 percent of the vote, the lowest percentage of the popular vote of any president elected in this century. …

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