2000 U.S. Presidential Election
The 2000 U.S. Presidential Election was a highly controversial affair that was eventually decided by a 5-4 vote along ideological lines in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bush v. Gore. It ended with the proclamation of George W. Bush as the public representative of Dick Cheney, the real leader of the free world.
With most of the country coming down from the high of the Clinton era, the comparisons between Vice-President Gore and the other guy were downplayed and likened to "Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee." While the media proceeded to do little to expose what in hindsight were pretty significant ideological differences between the two, some hippy also ran and then we were fucked for, in the end, eight years.
Gore's defeat in the 2000 election, despite popular vote victory and apparent victory in Florida, which a recount would have disclosed, was a result of a Republican strategy taking advantage of possibly the dumbest trial judge in the State of Florida who consistently delayed ordering a recount of the multiple defective Florida election results. Tom Delay paid for busloads of Republican operatives to engage in a near riot outside of the locked room where votes were being counted. When the sharpest lawyer's money could buy finagled Gore vs. Harris all the way to the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia lead the Court into one of its most ignominious rulings in history, which was basically that since so much time had elapsed (due to Republican dilatory tactics) there would have been too much of a rush to count the votes, so they would not be counted.
 Red state, Blue state
The 2000 election was also notable in that it was the origin of the color assignment of Red to the Republican Party and Blue to the Democratic Party on maps depicting who had carried what. This completely illogical arrangement runs counter to the tradition in other democratic nations, where the conservatives are given the colour blue, and the socialists the colour red—nevertheless, it has stuck.
 Vote breakdown by education
||% with bachelor degrees|
|Gore||District of Columbia||44.2|
 See also
- 2004 U.S. Presidential Election
- 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
- 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
- Purple America
- ↑ Or, as Futurama called it, "Jack Johnson and John Jackson."
- ↑ http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/2000presgeresults.htm
- ↑ Percent of People 25 Years and Over Who Have Completed a Bachelor's Degree
- ↑ The Supreme Court declared that Bush had won Florida, but there was no reliable tally of the popular vote and the decision was that Gore had no right to ask for a recount.
- ↑ http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2001-05-10-recountmain.htm