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Is the Fix In?

Thursday, 23 November 2000 12:00 AM

Gore’s spokesmen also say they probably won’t need to contest the results if votes come in from Palm Beach and Broward counties, as they expect.

They may be right.

Earlier this week I warned about complacency in the Bush/Republican camp. With Bush leading by more than 900 votes, and the manual recount yielding so few votes for Gore, Republicans have the illusion that Gore would not succeed.

As I said, and we will see, the Bush lead is nothing more than an illusion.

Here’s how I see things unfolding:

1. The latest Miami-Dade brouhaha and other entanglements the Gore team has had with the three counties is just a good cop/bad cop to fool people. The three Democratic counties don’t want to look like they are in Gore’s hip pocket. So they have played this little game of not seeming to accede to Gore’s requests.

For example, Broward and Miami-Dade initially refused to do the hand recounts but did so after appeal or court order. By doing it this way the counties look independent and impartial. Meanwhile, the Democrats are all in cahoots and both parties know they can get Democratic judges to do what they want.

2. Miami-Dade has been interesting to watch. The canvassing board initially wanted to end the manual recount and just do a recount of the questionable "under-vote ballots." Gore knows this is the stack that will give him a high yield of votes. But legally, Miami-Dade didn’t want to take the rap if it wasn’t approved. For now, the Supreme Court isn’t forcing Miami-Dade to continue the recount. But after votes are certified, Gore can still contest the Miami-Dade results and a judge can order the recount of questionable ballots.

3. Miami-Dade’s board appears like a foe of Gore’s efforts. Don’t believe this for a second. Yes, the Cuban-Americans, in the wake of Elian, are still seething. But still, the Democratic machine there headed by Miami-Dade mayor Alex Penelas is solidly behind Gore. Be sure everything is being scripted from Bill Daley’s offices.

[During the Elian affair, NewsMax.com revealed that the legal team around Elian was nothing more than a shill for the Clinton administration and Reno. As it turned out, Elian’s attorney, Kendall Coffey, is now heading up Gore’s efforts in Florida.]

4. In Broward we are already seeing how questionable ballots are moving quickly and decidedly to Gore.

5. In Palm Beach, three Democrats are rooting for Gore, led by Carol "I’ll go to jail for Al" Roberts. So far, Palm Beach says it is not counting indented ballots. This, again, is part of the good cop/bad cop routine being scripted by Bugsy Daley. Expect Palm Beach, with more than 10,000 indented ballots, to go for Gore big time. This last phase of the recount could catch the Bush team off guard.

6. Meanwhile, Bush has taken his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bad move!!! The court will likely deny his appeal, and this will be a public relations disaster for Bush. A court denial will be portrayed by the Gore/media camp as having vindicated the kangaroo ruling of the Florida Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court denies Bush’s request at about the time Gore pulls ahead in the recount, it’s a double hit to Bush’s claims.

7. If Harris certifies Gore this Sunday, Bush loses. If Bush can maintain even a slim margin over Gore, support for Gore among Democrats may fizzle and he may need to end his contest.

8. Still, Gore is also considering a fight to the Electoral College. He denied it during his last press conference, but I believe him like I did when he said he invented the Internet or didn’t know the Buddhist temple meeting was a fund raiser. Too many electors are being contacted by Gore allies for this scenario to be dismissed.

From the beginning I said Bush needed to focus his attention in the public arena and Congress, and use public pressure to get Gore’s attention. The legal track alone will not work for Bush.

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Gore's spokesmen also say they probably won't need to contest the results if votes come in from Palm Beach and Broward counties, as they expect. They may be right. Earlier this week I warned about complacency in the Bush/Republican camp. With Bush leading by more than...
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