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The House of Gore

Mark Alexander · Nov. 22, 2000

It’s Day 13 of the Election 2000 hostage crisis…

Al Gore is betting that the Florida Supremes, all seven of whom are Democrat appointees, will provide him the “controlling legal authority” he needs to force Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, to accept subjective hand recounts from a few select Demo strongholds. Friday, the Supremes enjoined Harris from certifying president-elect George Bush’s victory, notably, before anyone had even asked them to do so, thus, according to the Wall Street Journal, “achieving the rare trifecta of overruling all three branches of Florida government at once.”

Not only has Harris been prohibited from certifying Mr. Bush’s 930 vote lead, but the Democrats have succeeded in disqualifying a large number of military ballots. In response, The Federalist offers the following observations.

THE HOUSE OF GORE

The front door on the “House of Gore” is wide open, and the utter contempt in which he holds the armed forces is plain for all to see.

This aversion has surfaced repeatedly during Gore’s years as veep. Recently it took the form of Gore’s pledge to use the armed forces as a platform for social policy implementation by allowing homosexuals to serve openly – ignoring legitimate objections from the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the “good order and discipline” of military units.

The latest domestic assault on soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines came this past weekend, when they were systematically disenfranchised by Democrat operatives because it was assumed that their absentee ballots would be cast overwhelmingly for George W. Bush. At last count, over 1,400 absentee ballots from U.S. military personnel were “disqualified” for a variety of reasons.

One of Gore’s litigators circulated a letter targeting overseas military ballots and explaining how to eliminate them from the final tally by adopting the narrowest interpretation possible of what did and did not constitute a legal absentee ballot. This came at the same time that Gore’s henchmen were litigating for the broadest interpretation possible of what qualified as a legal Gore vote when cast in residence – the “Demo dimple.”

Translation: “Let every vote count,” as Gore opines, except votes for Bush.

Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf protested: “These men and women do not have the luxury of getting in their cars and going to the post office to mail their ballots. They must depend upon a system that takes their ballot directly from their front line positions on a circuitous route to the ballot box.”

Two of Gore’s endorsers, the Washington Post and the New York Times, opined on Gore’s hypocrisy today. “The side that…sought hand recounts because machine counts missed valid votes cannot then itself seek to suppress absentee votes on artificial grounds…. That would be true even if the votes weren’t from military personnel,” wrote the editors of the Washington Post. The New York Times editors wrote, “[The military absentee ballots] ought to be analyzed according to the same principle that should govern recounts in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties. That means every effort should be made to allow as many votes as possible under flawed circumstances.”

Though it appears the military vote overwhelmingly favors Mr. Bush, the Center for Military Readiness concludes, “Regardless of his own self-interest, Mr. Gore should be defending the rights of military voters, instead of disenfranchising them.” When an aspiring commander-in-chief makes a mockery of the rights of service members in a personally ambitious bid to win the presidency, all Americans should be concerned.

Members of the military are unique in that as they go to bed each night, they are aware they can be awakened by a phone call telling them to prepare for a mission in which they might die. Now, they must face the very real possibility that those orders will once again come from someone who surrounds himself with people who despise not only the armed forces, but the very principles and Constitution they pledge to defend with their lives.

It is The Federalist’s opinion, given the “uncertified” vote total showing Mr. Bush with a 930-vote lead, that Democrat canvassing boards now have an objective towards which they can manipulate their final totals. At this juncture, should the Florida Supreme Court refuse to uphold its circuit court’s ruling that the Secretary of State is under no obligation to accept any totals but the now-completed second machine recount as required by law, Republicans should excuse themselves from any further participation in the recounts, as such participation only lends credibility to the incredible leftist political machinations endeavoring to steal the presidency for Albert Gore.

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