What's The Mandate?

The overriding message for the next President: All roads lead to the center

On Nov. 7, just over half of America's registered voters streamed to the polls and rendered a mighty judgment for...your favorite name here. In one of the closest, strangest contests in modern times, the Presidential race between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush deadlocked just shy of an electoral majority. While Gore appears to have won the popular vote, the electoral outcome hinged on a recount in Florida--a state where Bush was clinging to a tiny lead. But even as the votes were sifted in the Sunshine State, with platoons of Gore poll-watchers on the alert for ballot-box shenanigans, it was becoming clear that Campaign 2000 was an election like no other, a millennial muddle of epic proportions.

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