Politics

Time Doesn't Heal Bush v. Gore Wounds

Fifteen years after the disputed election, the recount process is still unsatisfying.

Someone somewhere is still yelling.

Photographer: Manny Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Bush v. Gore, which put a stop to the recount in Florida, and thereby handed George W. Bush the 2000 presidential election. The case excited considerable scholarly argument, along with a partisan rancor that continues to this day. Looking back, however, it’s hard to imagine an outcome that would have left the losing side satisfied -- whichever side it happened to be.

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