Lest We Forget.
McCamy Taylor — ’7 Election Warning Signs’
VI. Busloads of Republican “Protesters” Arrive In Any Battleground State To Start Riots Before or After the Vote
Remember the Brooks Brother Riots? The Congressional Aids and Lobbyists who crossed state lines in violation of organized crime statutes in order to threaten those conducting a lawful vote recount in Florida?
The Brooks Brothers Riot – carried live on CNN and other networks – marked a turning point in the recount battle. At the time, Bush clung to a lead that had dwindled to several hundred votes and Gore was pressing for recounts. The riot in Miami and the prospects of spreading violence were among the arguments later cited by defenders of the 5-to-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12, 2000, that stopped a statewide Florida recount and handed Bush the presidency.
Backed by the $13.8 million war chest, the Bush operation made clear in Miami and in other protests that it was ready to kick up plenty of political dust if it didn’t get its way.
A later unofficial recount by news organizations found that if all legally cast ballots in Florida had been counted – regardless of which kinds of chads were accepted, whether punched-through, hanging or dimpled – Gore would have won Florida and thus the presidency. Gore also won the national popular vote, defeating Bush by more than a half million votes, making Bush the first popular-vote loser in more than a century to be installed in the White House.
Karl Rove likes to repeat himself. If this election is close, he will look into his old bag of tricks and pull out whatever worked before. So, if you see a “spontaneous eruption of conservative anger”—-it isn’t spontaneous.