MS Fowler - 10/18/2005 8:22 PM
The 1960 election was stolen by Mayor Daly and the Chicago machine. It is pretty much an uncontested fact. Nixon was advised that he could win if he protested, but for the good of the country, he declined to launch a protest.
Pretty sad to admit that Nixon had way more class than you or your candidate.
By the way, EVERY recount of Florida gave the vote to Bush. The press conducted numerous recounts to try to make Gore a winner, but could not do it. Besides, the recounts wanted by Gore was not a true and impartial recount, but a recount of only those areas likely to help their candidate. Where is the fairness?
We have a disagreement here on the facts. On 1960--numerous newspaper studies in my state of Illinois concluded that Republican shenanigans downstate easily matched those of the Democratic machine in Chicago. It is hardly "uncontested" that the 1960 election was stolen for Kennedy. Was there voter fraud in Cook County? Yes, there was, but it was insufficient alone to shift the vote to Kennedy; and when balanced with that of downstate Republicans, the fraud was a wash.
Point of fact, the margin in Florida was far narrower than that in Illinois in 1960, and no, it has received nothing like an overwhelming endorsement from impartial investigations that Bush won. The Chicago Tribune, a notoriously Republican newspaper, ran a series that showed that studies of the Florida vote often contradicted each other--their conclusion was that "probably" Bush won, but by no means did they say that it was "conclusive."
Read TOO CLOSE TO CALL--he has excellent sources, and he is widely viewed as a reasonably impartial legal authority. His conclusion was that Gore in all likelihood won Florida, and thus, the presidency. If Gore erred, it was in not insisting that the entire state be recounted--his insistence on only recounting the four most questionable counties definitely weakened his position in the Supreme Court, but yet the vote broke down 5-4.