- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 18, 2000

Noble: Katherine Harris, Florida secretary of state, for attempting to draw a line in the sand of legality against an inrushing tide of litigation.

Republics are defined by the small actions of their citizens, whether signing a document, swearing an oath, or simply pulling a lever in the voting booth. Throughout the week, Mrs. Harris has simply tried to enforce the law, specifically, section 102.111 of the Florida code, which states: "If a county's returns are not received by the Department of State by 5 p.m. on the seventh day following an election, all missing counties shall be ignored, and the results shown by the returns on file shall be certified."

In the fangs of a perfect storm of character assassination streaming from Mr. Gore's windy operatives, Mrs. Harris has continued to stand on principle, refusing to certify the results of manual recounts in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties which were sent in after the legal deadline expired.

For her actions, Mrs. Harris has been vilified by the Gore campaign and excoriated by the media. The New York Times berated Mrs. Harris for actions that were "Close to an abuse of her public responsibility." Gore operative Mark Fabiani blasted Mrs. Harris' decision as "a naked political act," and Chris Lehane blustered that Mrs. Harris was, "acting in the finest tradition of a Soviet commissar."

It would probably come as no surprise to the members of the Gore politburo that Soviet commissars also claimed to be doing "the will of the people."

Knaves: Warren Christopher, William Daley, David Boies and the other members of Team Gore, who are ruthlessly corrupting the constitutional process in their pursuit of power.

This page has noted Mr. Daley's genetic connection to corrupt counting in Cook County on numerous occasions, yet his clamor for a constitutional crisis instead of a clean concession clearly proclaims a Precambrian conscience.

He leads a legion of lawyers and lackeys who, not content to delegitimize the presidency by supporting a president of latex, are now corrupting the electoral process by attempting to ensconce his successor, a president by litigation.

Events in Florida have already proved that Team Gore is quite content make up the rules as they go along. They are determined to proclaim Mr. Gore the president, at the price of corroding the very underpinnings of the republic.

Josef Stalin would have been pleased with Mr. Gore's lawyers. He proclaimed, "The people who vote decide nothing. The people who count the vote decide everything."

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