Series-Skipper: The Post's Deadly "Deadlock"

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Feb. 14 2001 2:22 PM

Series-Skipper: The Post's Deadly "Deadlock"

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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.

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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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