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The Bush people have said this is about the rule of law. They never said that they didn't want the power, but merely that they wanted to get it by following the law and not trying to bend the law to fit their grab for power.

Then could you please explain why they went to court to prevent the hand recounts, a scenario that is specifically contemplated under Florida law? And why they keep harping on the possibility of fraud and "mischief", when "hand recounts" are specifically prescribed by that law? And while you're at it, explain how it is that George W. Bush signed into law a bill which specifically calls for "hand recounts" over machine recounts in Texas, but now is fighting them tooth and nail in Florida?

Also please explain why it is that the Republicans are crying that doing the recounts only in the Democratic districts is so bad, when the request was made in accordance with the law, and why the Republicans are so angry that the recount can't be statewide, when they specifically did NOT ask for such a recount, although they were entitled to do so. Further, the Florida Supreme Court specifically asked BOTH SIDES during yesterday's hearing if they wanted the court to contemplate a statewide recount. Neither side asked for it.

And hey, while we're here and talking about the rule of law, please explain why one of the senior campaign officials for the "Elect Bush" campaign, who also happens to be the Secretary of State, should not recuse herself for the incredibly obvious conflict-of-interest. At least Jeb had the decency to recognize what is, even to the most partisan, such a conflict.

If the laws of Florida are not to be followed

Indeed, the laws are being followed. There are two conflicting laws. The court decided which of those laws shall prevail.

That is what courts do. It is especially what they do when they are unanimous.

By the way, I could put up an equally length post about the stupidity of some of the Democratic moves. The difference, at least for me, is that while the Democratic moves seem to be stupid, while those of the Republicans seem to be hypocritical. Double hypocritical, while accusing people of "not following the law" when they are, in fact, and triple hypocritical when they preach "states rights" and "local government" and then complain that there are no "statewide standards" and take the matter into Federal court.
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