I constantly toy with whether we should get rid of HBO as part of our cable service. We really don’t watch that much TV here at Chez PunditMom, and when we do, it’s usually those hotbeds of liberalism MSNBC and CNN!
But that damn HBO keeps coming up with really good programming! Even though I have come to the diagnosis that I am in complete depression with the way our electoral process works, I still tuned in to Recount on Sunday night. The ultimate take-away came at the end of the movie when Kevin Spacey, playing the role of Ron Klain, laments that perhaps Al Gore would have won Florida if they had decided to recount ALL the votes in the Sunshine State instead of just some of them.
Counting all the votes in Florida. What a novel concept.
I’m hoping that Howard Dean and the DNC committee members were watching. I know, I know, there’s the whole ‘Florida broke the rules and didn’t play the game the way it was supposed to’ argument. That might work well on the playground, but it’s not really the way our process is supposed to play out.
I can feel John Adams turning over in his grave right about now.
I remember those days at the end of 2000 all too well — not because of the political junkie that I am, but because we were just weeks away from traveling to China to bring home PunditGirl. I was on leave from my job to get ready for the big trip, so as I was packing and organizing, I was glued to the recount efforts in a way I would not have had the time for if I was still in the office 60+ hours a week.
I knew in my gut that things would not turn out well for Al Gore in 2000. It was tough to watch it all over again even with Kevin Spacey. While the movie is a docu-drama and not a documentary, the sense of what happened was well-portrayed — that while both George W. Bush and Al Gore wanted to win, for the Bush supporters it was more about winning at any cost, regardless of how the people of Florida had actually voted.
While the outcome of the the current Democratic primaries seems set on a track to award Barack Obama the nomination, I can’t shake the sense that there’s been a piece of that sort of antipathy toward Florida voters in the Obama camp, as well.
In my book, any candidate who opposed a recount of some sort is just as guilty of gaming the system as so many have accused Hillary Clinton of. What would be the possible justification be for ignoring the voters of such a large state other than the desire to win regardless of what the voters have said?
Sure, rules are rules, but I try to teach my eight-year-old that even when there are rules, it’s important to use your judgment in a given situation in case it’s really better to make an exception to the rule. Rote application of procedural guidelines doesn’t seem very democratic to me.
I didn’t like the Florida story in 2000 and I don’t like it now. I can’t help it, but I feel a very unhappy ending in Florida happening again.