The Bush-Gore recount is an omen for 2020: An oral history of the craziest presidential election in modern US history
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- The Bush-Gore Recount Is an Omen for 2020
- Ena Alvarado-Esteller, David A. Graham, Cullen Murphy, Amy Weiss-Meyer, , , ,
- Aug 17 2020
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I read a similar article today and was thinking about how much different (better) the country would be right now if Gore had properly won. 9/11 might not happen and even if it does I don't think we get into twenty-year wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't think the Democrat wins in 2008 if Gore is still in office because of the recession, and from there it's anyone's guess because Republicans haven't won a legitimate election since 1988, but we probably don't get Trump at least.
I was a kid when this was going on. I of course didn't understand most of what was going on, but I knew there was a recount and I got the sense that it shouldn't have taken as long as it did. I didn't know why, or how big of a deal it would end up being. I wonder if Rage Against the Machine feels any differently about The Battle of Los Angeles now, with twenty years of hindsight.
Before anyone asks “but what about Bush in 2004?”
That election was very suspect and there is an emerging consensus that Ohio, in particular, was outright stolen and would have tipped the other way.
Thank you for some sources on that.
How do you imagine 9/11 wouldn't have happened if Gore won? Bush's presidency had just started. It's highly unlikely that Gore could have fundamentally rewritten America's image in the Middle East to such an extent that Al-Qaeda wouldn't have initiated the plan in the first place in such a short timeframe. Do you imagine Gore would have instituted new security protocols or better intelligence and thwarted the attacks?
I think 9/11 happens whoever is president, but the response to the event could have been radically different.
This is alternate history so it's very difficult to prove anything either way. But it seems at least possible that this particular plot might have been foiled if a different administration had paid more attention to warnings and done... something? I don't know what they could have done.
I was alluding to what @skybrian said. I should have hedged my language a bit more.
It was chaos. The lesson is: don’t let it get that close. Our political system was bad at resolving near-ties, and there is no reason to believe that it’s improved.
The article is split into 5 chapters, with the beginning text:
I. Election Night
II. The Battle Begins
III. Hanging, Dimpled, Pregnant
IV. The Brooks Brothers Riot
V. The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court ruling stopping the recount was such bullshit. There is no reason to limit the ruling to "present circumstances" other than pure partisanship.