The Return of Rutherfraud B. Hayes

A few useful commentary links on the U.S. Supreme Court 2000 election decision, compiled by David Bratman: Here are some comments from people openly designating themselves as conservatives: Many excellent articles are at A site with more links, compiled by M.E. Cowan, is here.

It's curious, however, that few commentators mention one thing. Many have observed that the Supreme Court decision effectively stopped recounts on the grounds of equal protection because of differences between counties in the standards of counting questioned ballots. What has not been observed is that the certified result left in place is even more inequitable, consisting as it does of recounts completed in all but two counties -- the one which completed the recount an hour after the arbitrary deadline, and the one which abandoned its recount after being threatened by a mob determined to stop the counting of votes by any means necessary. For more on that, see:

My comment, December 15, 2000 --
The election is over, and Bush will be President. If Al Gore can accept that, so must we all. It's not as if a definitive result was overturned -- but then, we don't have a definitive result, do we? Some have said they feel relief that it's over. It may be over, but I feel no relief. We have an end, but no conclusion. It's like a piece of music which ends but without a tonic chord. All along the Bushies have desperately tried to stop the counting of ballots, for fear that they might lose, and now they've succeeded in running out the clock. We don't know what the dimpled ballots actually toted up to, we don't have a definitive ruling that they're either valid or invalid, and the insistence (particularly by Scalia in his comments on the stay) that There Are Some Things (vote counts) Man Was Not Meant To Know is both creepy and totally out of keeping with the entire history of U.S. contested election practice.

A further comment, March 23, 2003 --
"We like nonfiction, [but] we live in fictitious times. We live in a time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president, [who is] sending us to war for fictitious reasons." -- Michael Moore

The best collection of legal documents related to all the election cases is Stanford Law School's.

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Copyright 2000 David S. Bratman
Last updated: March 23, 2003; links updated Sept. 15, 2007