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The Loser Will Be the Winner

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

We are on the verge of having the 2000 presidential election

The time it is taking, the massive media coverage, the street demonstrations, the changing recount, the Cuban government offering to send in ‘election monitors’ to oversee a new Florida election, the Palm Beach County ballot – all of it put together soon is going to forever cast a stigma over the election. And the result is this: the winner will be seen as

The dangers for a seemingly "illegitimate president" are too numerous to even contemplate: a polarized public, a cynical opposition, a weakened ability to conduct foreign policy, an ‘opening’ for foreign adversaries to make anti-American moves and test our resolve, etc. Furthermore, with a virtually 50-50 new House and Senate, the new president will have a tough enough time doing much anyway. But if there is a permanent cloud of suspicion over his head from this ‘tainted’ election result, even less can be expected from the White House. And can you imagine the conspiracy theories on each side?

The political ramifications don’t end there. The loser of the ‘tainted’ election will be the almost-automatic presidential nominee of his party in 2004. Let us take Gore, for example. If his popular vote majority nationally holds, and if he loses Florida with the Palm Beach County ballot confusion echoing in everyone’s ears, and with Jeb Bush being the governor in a state given to his brother under a cloud of suspicion, can you imagine what the 50 million Gore voters will think? Their anger will be palpable; their desire to ‘get back at the Bushes’ will be explosively strong as we head toward the next election.

In their eyes, Gore will have the

Under this scenario, the loser of the election may almost become the actual winner!

In 1888 when President Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote, he then came right back four years later and swept back into the White House.

Al Gore probably can’t even begin to contemplate yet another two-year campaign right now. The exhaustion must be overwhelming for both him and W. But if he could pull back to see the bigger picture, he might see that the winner of this election will be so damaged and so weakened that it is almost

Similarly for George W. Bush: if Gore goes to court and somehow wins that way, he will forever be weakened, tainted and marked with a big asterisk (remember Roger Maris’ home run record forever being ‘tainted’?). Bush will actually look

Plus you repeatedly hear that we are headed for some tough economic times and the new president will suffer the consequences, whether it is his fault or not. Thus it raises an intriguing possibility: is the loser of this election actually the winner?

Is it actually better to gracefully step aside and earn kudos and praise from the other side – not to mention the media, the elites, and the ‘nattering class’ – and prepare for a new battle against the already tainted and permanently weakened president?

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