Jon Schwarz November 104: Hundreds of demonstrators take part in a rally on the steps of the old Florida Capitol to protest the U.
Zelden The infamous presidential election produced hanging chads, butterfly ballots, endless recounts, raucous allegations, and a constitutional crisis-until a controversial Supreme Court decision allowed George W.
Bush to become president despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore.
Zelden presents the definitive history of this vexing and acrimonious affair, offering the most complete, up-to-date, and accurate analysis of a remarkable episode in American politics.
Zelden probes deeper than any other scholar has sought to do—showing that both the election controversy of and Bush v. Gore signaled major flaws in our electoral system that remain with us today, exposing a hidden crisis in American democracy. Zelden, who lives and teaches in Broward County one of the key recount sitesdistills the voluminous literature on Bush v.
Gore in his sharply insightful and balanced account of the election crisis and the litigation that followed. Tracing the back-and-forth between concessions and retractions, Gore and Bush attorneys, and state and federal courts, he underscores the extraordinary clock-ticking tension between statutory deadlines governing the electoral process and the desire to have every vote counted and counted accurately.
Invaluable to scholars, students, and anyone interested in understanding the confusion and the litigation that surrounded the presidential election in Florida. Zelden writes clearly and precisely, laying the issues out patiently and thereby presenting a convincing account of such matters as overvotes and undervotes and dimpled and hanging chads.
I also admire his nonpartisan restraint. Patterson, Bancroft Prize winner and author of Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore See fewer reviews Zelden offers a nonpartisan analysis of the legal opinions in the case, particularly the Supreme Court's ruling; he explores the judicial philosophy underlying the reasoning of each justice.
His book invites readers to consider the case independent of their personal views of the candidates and reorients our view of the crisis to emphasize the failures of the system rather than the election of a president by apparent judicial decree.
He sets all of these events, issues, and legal rulings within their proper historical context, making complex issues easy to understand and also reviewing events of the succeeding seven years in light of the decision.
As Zelden shows, the true tragedy of was the failure of every person and every institution involved—especially the Supreme Court—to take this crisis as an opportunity to diagnose the problems of our broken electoral system and to urge its repair.
We may prefer to put this decision behind us, but we ignore it—and its lessons—at our peril.
About the Author Charles L. His previous books include Battle for the Black Ballot: He was an on-air commentator during the election for the local NBC News affiliate in Miami and other media.In , a proportional division would have led to an even closer result, in favor of Bush, than the actual count: Bush would have received electoral votes, Gore , and Nader  The proportional system would have made Bush the president with neither a majority nor a plurality of the popular vote.
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· A Supremely Bad Decision: The Majority Ruling in Bush v. Gore. Jared Thompson ' Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly torosgazete.com · Describing himself as a “compassionate conservative,” Bush—former governor of Texas and the son of former President George H.W.
Bush—became President of the United States in in one of the closest US presidential elections ever. Al Gore, Bush’s Democratic rival, won the popular vote by a narrow margin, but Bush attained a torosgazete.com /a/george-w-bush-as-president.
· While a distant memory today, the contentious presidential election between Republican nominee George W. Bush and Democratic nominee Al Gore is pointed to by many as the source of the hatred torosgazete.com · The recount is reminiscent of the dramatic recounts that occurred in parts of Florida after the presidential election between George W.
Bush and Al Gore. Those recounts were halted by the US Supreme Court, and Bush defeated Gore by votes in Florida to win the torosgazete.com://torosgazete.com