Most misleading assertion: That the decision of the Miami-Dade canvassing board to stop counting was one of two "significant turning points." A subsequent media count strongly suggests Gore wouldn't have gained many new votes in Miami-Dade. He would have gained votes in several small Republican counties.
What's missing: Tension, passion, little suspense-building details ("tic-tock," in reporters' jargon), lively prose. The Post's Designated Overwriter, David Von Drehle, is lead author on most of the stories, but here he's been chloroformed to the point of unconsciousness, not unlike Gore in the second debate. ... Also missing is any but the most superficial discussion of the dispute's legal arguments, which is where much of the drama could have been found. For example, there's no description of how the Florida court was scared to announce a clear "chad-counting standard" because then the Bushies would claim it was "making law" in violation of Article III of the U.S. Constitution. ...
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TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.