Jesse Jackson – The New Rush Limbaugh?

I almost blogged this excellent townhall.com piece yesterday from Michael Barone about the 2000 election and how it reverberates today.:

2000 changed everything

Michael Barone

 Sometimes a decision made in the heat of partisan battle has reverberations for years to come.

 One such decision was the one of Al Gore’s campaign to selectively challenge the results of the 2000 election in Florida by demanding hand counts of votes cast in three counties — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The latter two produce huge majorities for Democratic candidates, and the election officials in charge of the hand counts were Democrats. In other words, Gore sought new counts only in areas where he was likely to gain votes and would not take the risk of a statewide hand count, where those gains might be offset by others for George W. Bush.

 We know now that, thanks to the news media consortium that recounted ballots in every Florida county, recounting under any method and any criterion they tested would not have overturned Bush’s exceedingly thin plurality. …

[Barone hits several nails squarely on the head. He goes on to talk about selective recounts in the state of Washington and how it has backfired and is killing the Democrats. -ED]

Gregoire has been inaugurated as governor. But an examination of King County records shows about 1,800 more ballots cast than names of voters who asked for them. Republicans have brought a lawsuit asking that the election result be set aside and a new election held.

By a 53 percent to 36 percent margin, voters believed that Rossi had really won, and by a 51 percent to 43 percent margin, they favored Rossi in a revote. A Survey USA poll showed 62 percent favoring a revote.

A selective recount, of the sort Gore sought in Florida, has made Gregoire governor, at least temporarily. But it has cast a pall of illegitimacy over her far greater than that cast over George W. Bush by the Florida result.

I didn’t blog it because while he hits it out the park, I did not have much to add. But you should read it, it was very impressive piece.

In fact… If you believe today’s Chicago Sun TImes, it so impressed Jesse Jackson that he plagiarized it.

Partial recounts a totally bad idea

BY JESSE JACKSON

Sometimes a decision made in the heat of partisan battle has reverberations for years to come.

One such decision was the one of Al Gore’s campaign to selectively challenge the results of the 2000 election in Florida by demanding hand counts of votes cast in three counties — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The latter two produced huge majorities for Democratic candidates, and the election officials in charge of the hand counts were Democrats. In other words, Gore sought new counts only in areas where he was likely to gain votes and would not take the risk of a statewide hand count, where those gains might be offset by others for George W. Bush.

We know now that, thanks to the news media consortium that recounted ballots in every Florida county, recounting under any method and any criterion they tested would not have overturned Bush’s exceedingly thin plurality. …

I, for one, am glad brother Jesse has returned to the flock. I’d prefer he did not plagiarize conservatives, but if that gets him thru the painful transition process and helps him find his conservative voice, then I guess I’ll give him a pass.

Update For the humor impaired, the Sun-Times mistakenly ran the story with the wrong byline, Jesse did not plagiarize it.

I saved a screen cap for when the Sun Times wakes up.

Two down, one to go
John Cleese for Democratic National Chairman

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