Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mo Dowd Goes Bat-Shiz Delusional

Conservatives have known for many years that Maureen Dowd lives in a parallel universe unbounded by concepts like facts.  In today's column, she trots out that old canard about George W. Bush stealing the election from Al Gore.

Lady, Girl, give it up.  You lost. And if Republicans can pull it together, you will lose again this year.

In assaulting the Republican field, and particularly Rick Santorum, Mo lets this whopper fly:  "More and more, they openly yearn for a fresh candidate, including Jeb Bush, who does, after all, have experience at shoplifting presidential victories at the last minute." (Emphasis added).

Shoplifting presidential victories?  That's a flat-out lie.  Two mainstream newspapers reluctantly so said.
USA Today reported on April 4, 2001

George W. Bush would have won a hand count of Florida's disputed ballots if the standard advocated by Al Gore had been used, the first full study of the ballots reveals. Bush would have won by 1,665 votes -- more than triple his official 537-vote margin -- if every dimple, hanging chad and mark on the ballots had been counted as votes, a USA TODAY/Miami Herald/Knight Ridder study shows. The study is the first comprehensive review of the 61,195 "undervote" ballots that were at the center of Florida's disputed presidential election....

Even Mo's own newspaper, the New York Times -- not exactly part of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy -- reached the same conclusion on its front page, November 12, 2001:

A comprehensive review of the uncounted Florida ballots from last year's presidential election reveals that George W. Bush would have won even if the United States Supreme Court had allowed the statewide manual recount of the votes that the Florida Supreme Court had ordered to go forward.

Contrary to what many partisans of former Vice President Al Gore have charged, the United States Supreme Court did not award an election to Mr. Bush that otherwise would have been won by Mr. Gore. A close examination of the ballots found that Mr. Bush would have retained a slender margin over Mr. Gore if the Florida court's order to recount more than 43,000 ballots had not been reversed by the United States Supreme Court.

Even under the strategy that Mr. Gore pursued at the beginning of the Florida standoff -- filing suit to force hand recounts in four predominantly Democratic counties -- Mr. Bush would have kept his lead, according to the ballot review conducted for a consortium of news organizations....

This is what happens when a columnist forgets to read her own front page:  she internalizes the mythology of the DNC talking points without the reality check of . . . reality.

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