2000-12-09 / Columnists

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On The Beach...

Al Gore doesn't need Warren Christopher or David Bois. He needs Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant!. The past few weeks have been as riveting as a Lakers Game. The clock is running out and what Al Gore needs is a miraculous ally-oop or "hail mary" shot. That's his only prayer. Americans love their under-dogs; but Al Gore is beginning to look a lot like Jake LaMotta in the movie Raging Bull. He keeps getting hit with a T.K.O, but he won’t go down. And it’s all so messy.

The legal Olympics of the past several days have been utterly fascinating. There was something so absurd, yet so very American, about watching Leon County Circuit Court Judge Sanders Sauls and David Bois. Kind of like the innocent mentality of Mayberry against the intellectual sophistication of the Ivy League. The good ole’ boys of Mayberry won that round; but Al Gore still continues to mount his final full court press. As he should.

With an election so excruciatingly close and the players so biased, we can now see where the fractures in the system are and conclude that the
system needs to be fixed. The fact that there are so many different standards is absolutely ludicrous. Election laws should not be varied and mandated by the states. There should be one consistent standard applied. With the obvious bias of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris, the events of the past few weeks are not at all surprising. The Freedom of Information Act will at some inevitable point reveal the rightful winner of this contest; therefore, it's better to exhaust all legal options now and count all the votes. Our national politics has become so embittered and our government is surgically divided that nothing less than a fair recount would do.

I feel badly for Al Gore. He has been running for President his entire
life. Of the two candidates, I feel he deserves it. Can you imagine the agony of winning the popular vote by a decent margin, only to lose the entire election by merely a few hundred votes? Mon dieu!

As I write this today, Seminole County Judge Nikki Clarke will begin to hear arguments about whether or not to throw out thousands of absentee ballots that may have been tainted. Her opinion should be interesting as she has an ax to grind with Jeb Bush. Then there's the State Supreme Court decision; and although their Democratic majority has been favorable to Gore, a decision to overturn Judge Sauls' decision would be unprecedented. Either way, it should all be over in a matter of days.

Politics is a "sport" and the clock is running out. Al Gore needs the choreography of Shaq and Kobe Bryant. Or maybe in the final seconds, Al Gore will emerge as Sylvester Stallone in a very American sequel called: Rocky 2000.

***Happy Birthday wishes to Dr. Sharkey!
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