N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15 Posted (15 years 21 hours ago) and read 531 times:
I saw a couple polls on T.V. the other day. 60% of Americans (and growing) think that Gore should stand down, drop all lawsuits, and concede the election. 80% of Americans say that they will accept Bush as president.. There is considerable support for a concession from Gore, why wont he do it?? Political suicide for him, he'll never win another election if he doesnt stop! Your thoughts, almost 3 weeks after the election. By seeing how each candidate has acted, if there was a revote, would you change? Would you not vote at all?
Mbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 20 hours ago) and read 365 times:
Polls measure attitudes at one point in time. So, you're looking at attitudes today. What if we find out, after recounting, that the vote in Florida was badly mis-represented and that Gore actually won? What if we find out that there was a lot of monkey business going on?
In the long term, the Republicans (and Bush) are also taking risks with their partisan stance.
They seem to be winning their public relations campaign today, but who knows what will come to light over the next few days and weeks?
So far, nothing has changed my opinion on who I voted for.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (15 years 20 hours ago) and read 363 times:
I would love for it to be over, but the fundamental issue that keeps entering my mind is:
If this were the other way around, the other camp would be acting the EXACT SAME WAY, and don't try and tell me otherwise. I mean, Christ, we're talking about the PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES here. If there was evidence that you may have won enough votes to win the election but the "official" results in a state governed by your opponent's brother said otherwise by a mere handful of votes, wouldn't you do what you could to ensure that your opponent really did win the election fairly? As an American citizen, I want to know that the guy who won the office was really supposed to win the office. If that's not the person I voted for, then so be it.
There definitely is a point where the effort becomes moot, but I'm not sure Gore has reached that yet (although he's getting pretty close). Whomever prevails is damaged goods, and a definite one-termer. Bush will be dealing with an exact 50-50 split in the Senate and the slimmest of margins in the House. There will always be questions about his legitimacy, and he will undoubtedly embarrass himself with public speaking mistakes. He has a really tough job ahead of him and if against all odds he manages to succeed, then he does deserve the office.