We’ve already been tasting the sweet, sweet liberal tears of people like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Ezra Klein as President Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court nominee grows closer, but up until now, we hadn’t seen anyone crying over Bush v. Gore. We mean, sure, it’s only been a year and a half, so naturally, people are still coming to terms with Hillary Clinton’s loss. But Al Gore?
According to Vox’s David Roberts, the Bush v. Gore decision was “nakedly partisan,” and he’s thought about it “every day since 2000.”
Sometimes I think about just how much was riding on the Bush v. Gore SCOTUS decision, and how nakedly partisan it was, and how ruthless the right was in making it happen, and how little the left learned from it. And by sometimes I mean every day since 2000.
— David Roberts (@drvox) July 9, 2018
Here’s Media Matters alumnus Eric Boehlert:
also Dems had to battle DC press, which hated Gore and hemmed him in during recount https://t.co/EmxagNtlk9
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) July 9, 2018
Yeah, the Republican-voting D.C. press are infamous for being slanted against Democrats. But here’s where Howard Dean gets almost revved up enough to let out a pained scream:
That decision killed the Supreme Court. That was when they lost their credibility as a judicial body and declared by a 5-4 decision that they were nakedly partisan. Kennedy and O Connor put party before country for the first time. The other three were hacks from the beginning. https://t.co/Uid5BxZVef
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) July 9, 2018
But if the Supreme Court was killed in 2000, who was it that legalized same-sex marriage in 2015? We’re confused.
Wow, the butthurt from the 2000 election is still strong.
I grieved that loss then, since, and now. Bush(es) stole that election up, down, and sideways.
If Gore wins, no wars, big jump on tech, climate change, civil rights, health care…
— BoffleSpoffle (@BoffleSpoffle) July 9, 2018
I was thinking today about how much better off so many Americans would be today if the electoral college wasn't a thing. 8 years of Al Gore would have addressed climate change. HRC and we'd have health insurance premiums coming down fast and wages going up faster.
— Tina Mari ? (@tdub909) July 9, 2018
And it was more than the effect of the decision (electing Bush), it was the substance (stop the recount because Gore is catching up, then final decision not to count at all). It was nakedly partisan, with no pretext.
— Vincent Online (@VincentOnline1) July 9, 2018
I think about that decision almost every day. It wasn't 911 that changed everything: it was SCOTUS stopping the recount.
— Jonathan Earle (@JonathanEarle2) July 9, 2018
Important to remember THERE WAS NO RECOUNT. The Supreme Court blocked a recount, which Gore would have won.
— Benjamin Vaessen (@benvaessen1) July 9, 2018
& don't forget the SCOTUS, who 'anointed' Bush the winner, when it should never have been their decision to make. Biggest mistake of that election: Gore distancing himself from Clinton. Biggest mistake this time is if we don't get really uncivil, & fight them back, tooth & nail!
— Yoni (@YoniMarten) July 9, 2018
Time to get “really uncivil.” Not sure how that works in the confirmation process, though.
I keep telling people to worry less about Justices’ loyalty to originalism and more about their loyalty to the party that made them Justices.
— Joseph Britt (@Zathras3) July 9, 2018
OK, stop telling them that.
A Coup D'Etat for sure. And you are right Governor. The end of it right before our eyes but we were too civilized to erupt.
— katekahn1 (@katekahn1) July 9, 2018
Have you checked The Resistance lately? They’re not too civilized to erupt anymore, and Rep. Maxine Waters is egging them on.
This IS the hill that plenty of us are willing to die on…https://t.co/5uttuL3HE0
— MrAlysha (@HedgesLaker) July 9, 2018
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 9, 2018