Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What If?

December 11, 2000

The U.S. Supreme Court Decides Bush Vs. Gore

The Supreme Court's decision in this case ended Florida's statewide ballot recount and allowed Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify George W. Bush as the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes. These votes gave Bush a majority of the Electoral College with 271 votes and enabled him to win the US Presidency. Though Gore received 543,816 more votes than Bush, his defeat in the Electoral College lost him the presidency. The court cited what reason for stopping the recount?

Answer: By a vote of 7-2, the Court held that the Florida Supreme Court's scheme for recounting ballots was unconstitutional, and by a vote of 5-4, the Court held that no alternative scheme could be established within the time limits established by Florida Legislature, The per curiam opinion was argued on the basis of Equal Protection.

Can't but wonder....what if...


S'mee said...

I always thought G.W was there trying to finish what his father started...... not very successfully. Might get a lady President next time. Interesting!

Jac said...

I think, no matter who is president, we'd hate him/her. That seems to be the pitfall of democracy. On the other hand, thank God we live in a country where we can protest and not get our heads cut off! The mess in this country and abroad would have been too much for Gore too -- for any person or party to sort out! But, I'll choose here, over anywhere else!!!!!