- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2000

Nobles: The framers of the election process. Tuesday's election will undoubtedly break records for superlatives on the power of a single vote as soon as pundits and historians can bear to type on their broken fingernails.

Yet the pontifications of pundits will do nothing to diminish the power of the process that its framers set in motion. The Founding Fathers solved the ancient process of succession with their belief that their country could be better served by a commoner voting his conscience than by a monarch making mandates, replacing the ideal of philosopher-king with that of a citizen-legislator.

That judgment was as audacious as it was perspicacious, and it built a country that has survived a Civil War, communism and even the Clinton administration.

The process has also persevered through the wrinkles inherent in the Electoral College system, which was designed to ensure that the will of the large states did not dominate those of the smaller. Gov. George W. Bush may join Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison as a president who lost the popular vote but won the electoral, yet Abraham Lincoln carried only 40 percent of the popular vote in 1860.

Although presidents usually reveal themselves to be all too human, the framers of electoral process seem to have had judgment that was little short of divine.

Knaves: The liberals who are attempting to de-legitimize both the election and the electoral process by filing frivolous lawsuits and demanding incessant recounts.

Absentee ballots are still being counted, but it appears that Gov. George W. Bush has almost certainly won the popular vote in Florida, and with it the presidency.

Perhaps it should not be surprising that Mr. Gore, who once summed-up his political philosophy with the phrase, "no controlling legal authority," has not conceded graciously. Instead, he has pursued the power of the presidency by loosing lackeys like Jesse Jackson, Greg Craig and Robert Wexler, who stop firing incendiary rhetoric only when they have to reload on bullet points.

Those poseurs of the "people's will" have backed the lawsuits of dowagers in Palm Beach who are demanding re-elections due to poor eyesight and inattention to detail. They should be court-ordered to use the exact excuse during their next IRS audit.

Mr. Gore spoke of respecting the Constitution, yet by his approval of actions that could shatter this country's cornerstone of constitutional law, he is acting as an autocrat precisely the individual that the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to protect us against.

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