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Gore's Nuclear Bomb

Thursday, 16 November 2000 12:00 AM

Bush has a 300-vote lead at the moment, an expected advantage in the overseas absentee ballots, and the control of the Florida government’s executive branch, specifically his brother and the now-front-and-center Secretary of State Harris.

These are his assets as we head toward a decisive end-of-the-week showdown in the Florida and federal courts.

Gore has his strengths, too. He has two of the biggest counties all set to do a full manual recount (Palm Beach and Broward) and a chance that Miami-Dade will also rejoin the effort. Plus he has each and every court so far ruling in his favor. He also has America’s hottest-at-the-moment litigator, David Boies, on the ground commanding a huge legal team.

Both Gore and Bush

Thus everything on both sides is based on including or excluding the recounts.

Bush’s plan is clear: use Secretary of State Katherine Harris as the point-(wo)man to exclude the recounts and certify Bush as the winner early Saturday afternoon.

The odds are, however, that the Florida Circuit Court and then the Florida Supreme Court will force her to include those recounts. Thus, the Bush effort in Federal Court aimed at excluding the pro-Gore manual recounts.

The Bush Team wants this scene: a 2 p.m. Saturday announcement that Bush has won by, say, 1,467 votes (the 300 plus a big win among the absentees). They hope that that suddenly huge lead will seem so daunting that the court of public opinion will say to Gore, "Al, give it up."

Of course, that will not happen. We now know that neither Gore nor Bush will give up easily.

And Gore has one more weapon in his quiver: a ‘nuclear bomb’ that few are mentioning these days.

Lost amidst the dueling press conferences, statements, talking heads and scenes of recounts, chads and dimples (does a pregnant chad count as two votes?), there remains one potentially election-breaking action just waiting to happen: the Palm Beach Ballot Issue.

According to a retired chief judge of the Florida Supreme Court, there is no question the now-infamous ‘butterfly ballot’, and the procedures surrounding its implementation, constituted a "clearly illegal ballot." The remedy? Potentially a new countywide vote of pro-Gore Palm Beach County.

Virtually lost on the radar screen this week was news that a judge was finally selected for that ongoing case involving hundreds of aggrieved voters who have hired lawyers – including Alan Dershowitz – and filed suit against the county.

Aided by teams of Gore lawyers, there is a reasonably good chance that the ballot could indeed be overturned.

Inside the Gore team this is known as the "nuclear option" – because it could have radioactive fallout both statewide and nationally. As we know in warfare, the nuke option is a dangerous one.

But we also know that Gore will do

Do not rule out that the Gore team, angered by Secretary Harris' dismissive manner and Bush’s outright rejection of Gore’s offer, will drop its ‘nuclear bomb’ – and throw the whole state of Florida into chaos, mayhem and a ‘radioactive’ cloud.

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