BLITZER BLOG: Florida, Florida, Florida
June 15th, 2011
02:58 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER BLOG: Florida, Florida, Florida

Washington (CNN) - All of us remember Election 2000 when we heard the mantra “Florida, Florida, Florida.” In the end, it all boiled down to Florida.

George W. Bush won the state by 537 votes. The count was disputed, but the U.S. Supreme Court ratified the election.


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  1. Sniffit

    Well, FL can rejoice, because the SCOTUS case that selected Dubya as POTUS probably just got superceded as the biggest farsical abuse of appellate jurisdiction by the WI decision yesterday. Abrahamson's and Crook's dissents and their analysis of the case law the conservative majority silently overturned say it all...but I'm not at all suprised that CNN is avoiding reporting on it. CNN hasn't even bothered to cover the fact that the Dems proves the GOP was committing rampant fraud in the recall petitions they submitted. Sooooo "liberal" of you CNN. At least some of us notice the large bump under the rug.

    June 15, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I think Florida voters will have the 2008 primary elections in mind, too. Make every vote count. What a never-ending story that was. Obama should win Florida pretty handily, though. Floridians are having voters remorse with the new Governer. Ever since The Great Sucker Punch the Republican Party threw at voters nationwide, there has been a distinct backlash against Republican candidates. Polls are not giving an accurate picture of just how deep the angst goes. Don't be surprised by record Democratic turnouts at the polls.

    June 15, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Oh, Flori-duh. The voters, many elderly, couldn't properly complete their ballots. The elections officials couldn't effectively count/recount the ballots.... and the State allowed the Statewide Chairperson of one of the candidates hold the expectedly impartial responsibility to certifiy the election as Secretary of State. As a result we got surpluses turned into record deficits, $5 trillion in debt, two wars, an economy in shambles, no energy policy, repeated legislation through signing statements, and so much more. Thank you FLA for not counting 20,000 ballots.

    June 15, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Just think how much better off this country would be if the Supreme Court had not coronated King-dolt George in 2000.

    No 9-11.
    No deficit.
    No recession in 2001/2002.
    No lost lives in the senseless Iraq war.
    No back-tracking on science-based policies.
    No Palin.
    No Great Recession of 2008.

    Instead of learning from these horrible mistakes, we actually have a political party that wants to be back in power to REPEAT THEM. And ~50% of the American population is apparently dumb enough to ignore the facts, believe the lies and fairytales, and put these hyper-partisan FAILURES back in power. It boggles the mind how a people who have inherited such a great country can be so hell-bent on destroying it. What passes for "conservative" these days is a malignant curse on our country.

    June 15, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. John K.

    Are you sure that you want Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the face of the Democratic Presidential Campaign in 2012? She may play well to some constituencies in extreme South Florida but she will likely alienate the rest of the state. Florida is not New York or New Jersey.
    And by the way, we are still laughing about beating Al Gore in 2000.

    June 15, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama will LOSE Florida in 2012 quire handily. I'm sure the Democrats will be running their usual scare tactics on the elderly (isn't some sort of elder abuse?), but nothing will be able to overcome Obama's abysmal failure with the economy and jobs. The fact that he has thrown Israel under the bus will also cost him dearly in Florida. To think Debbie Whiner Schultz will give him anything is delusional.

    June 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    DumbasRocks [R]s wrote above. I must disagree on several points.
    No 9-11. -we may have had still been attacked on 9/11, no one can say for sure.
    No deficit. -we had a deficit associated with Clintons last fiscal year.
    No recession in 2001/2002. -caused by Greenspan raising interest rates too often – google "Greenspan irrational exuberance"
    No lost lives in the senseless Iraq war. -you're probably have a point there
    No back-tracking on science-based policies. -another check mark for the author
    No Palin. -I think she would have shown up somewhere. Too ambitous. On a mission from god.
    No Great Recession of 2008. –This still would have occurred no matter what. Clinton signed the critical deregulation.

    June 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Ed

    @ john k, we laughing too, lol. the only way to beat gore was to cheat, lol. I be damn gotta love repubs, if cant beat em cheat, if cheating dont work change the rules

    June 15, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. diridi

    Be stringent on elections from Bush's cheating....o.k, He cheated election in second term.....clear cut evidence....nothing should happen like this ever after.....Dennis Kusinich is a clear idiot....NO physical presence in Libya....period. This tentamount to no war....USA was only helping NATO. Writer has masters in law....o.k, Dennis Kusinich is an idiot, and another nasty animal....that's it....

    June 15, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    John K.:

    She is the head of the DNC, not the presidential campaign. I'm sure plenty of you folks are still yucking it up over winning by judicial fiat, but the only way you can win FL again is by actively suppressing the vote. Your lot are already hard at work doing it, but with a horribly unpopular governor, do you really think GOP legislators will want to screw themselves up even more than they already have? I'm going to enjoy watching FL go blue again, along with NC, VA, and maybe a few more. You don't lose elections based on the face of the National Committee: you win with a great strategy, and your guys keep handing us more fodder.

    June 15, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. lforlegend

    John K, it's abundantly clear that Gore WAS NOT beaten. The world knows that the results were skewed, stolen, or whatever. W occupied the WH, but the country went in the crap-er during his terms. Apparently some are happy about the MESS bush left this country in. SHAME, SHAME!!

    June 15, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |