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Old 11-18-2004, 08:07 AM   #21
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Put simply, in a close race such as Florida in 2000, you had a republican candidate win by a tiny margin, with the election handled by a partisan republican offical in a state governed by the victors brother. A third world country could manage a fairer system.
Unlike a third world country, we have a billion lawyers who will pounce on any perceived unfairness. Any close election gets scrutiny and allowances for automatic recounts are built into the system.

The idea of having non-partisan officials is mostly illusory. Everyone brings their biases with them. If they violate the law, they pay the price.
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Old 11-18-2004, 09:32 AM   #22
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The idea of having non-partisan officials is mostly illusory. Everyone brings their biases with them. If they violate the law, they pay the price.
it works here. it works in france. Germany too. We have a civil service which is pretty apolitical.

You have people directly controlling elections in which they are standing. That is a conflict of interest, and something which some of the most dubious african dictators would be proud of.

The idea that lawyers can solve anything is pretty naive. At the end of the day your supreme court is pretty much partisan too.
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The idea that lawyers can solve anything is pretty naive. At the end of the day your supreme court is pretty much partisan too.
As a lawyer, my suggestion was a bit sarcastic.
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Historians will say the results of the 2000 election did not reflect the will of the people

There will be a consensus that Bush got onto the Whitehouse on a busted election process.
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History will say that election 2000 rightly went to Bush...
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As a lawyer, my suggestion was a bit sarcastic.
I love lawyers.....please don't sue me
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History will say that election 2000 rightly went to Bush...
History will say that it was a very closely contested, and excruciatingly close election. That's all.
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History will say that it was a very closely contested, and excruciatingly close election. That's all.
The closeness and legal challenges will become a smaller and smaller asterisk as the years go by.
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History will say that it was a very closely contested, and excruciatingly close election. That's all.
Yes, it will say that too...
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