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Chris the cop

Officially, Bush won the State of Florida by 537 votes in 2000. Ralph Nader received about 90,000 votes in Florida. Assuming most of those would have voted for Gore, Bush and his pals didn't steal the election, Nader gave it to him.

Gore certainly won the popular vote in 2000 as did Bush in 2004.

Bush did not steal that election in 2004, either. I'm not sure of all the ins and outs of what happened in Ohio, but overall, Bush received about 3 1/2 million more votes than Kerry.

What made 2000 such a debacle was the fact that the election was so close.

Mike Schilling

We The People voted overwhelmingly in 2006 for congresspeople that would end the war. Broder calls them embarassments.


"Either Broder believes that elections are somehow sacred things, more indicative of the collective wisdom than mere polls, or he thinks the American People are somebodies other than who we think we are."

Or, Broder recognizes that people are waking up to the fact that a corrupt incompetant sociopath lives in the White House, and is bending over backwards to pull a rhetorical sleight-of-hand, equating current criticism of Bush by anyone with an anti-democratic rejection of this sacred Will of the People.

Perhaps a better title for the post would be, "David Broder is not an Honest Person"?


Mr. Mannion,

This analysis is excellent. Mr. Broder and his peers have
to be aware that they are writing nonsense. They are either
desperate to protect the current Washington, D.C. culture
and their place in it, or they are portraying President
Bush as a strong leader because they are being told to do
so by their superiors. Political analysts like Joe Klein,
Howard Fineman, Tim Russert, and Mr. Broder simply cannot
be as ignorant and stupid as they appear to be.
Your blog is one of my favorites. You are articulate,
logical, perceptive, and always interesting.


Many journalists suffer the same loss of contact with reality that the politicos do when they enter Washington, DC. Like Alice passing through the looking glass. Watching a presidential press conference indicates just how toothless the Washington press corps is. Anyway, Broder seems to have been on the fantasy side of the glass way too long.


Unfortunately the truth is most Americans elect a President with their heart,and not with their brain. He has to be good looking and a smooth convincing talker-in my humble opinion that's why we are stuck with the likes of Bush and his corrupt buddies.The law of everages tells us, we most likely always get what we asked for.

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