Did anyone else think Baker acted like a 2 year old [last night]? The guy was yelling, "No fair! No fair! We're going to have George W.'s brother come in and pass a law making him President!"NEXT: GOP FIXES THE VOTE IN SEMINOLE
He also sounded kind of Mafioso, like he's threatening to get the GOP legislature to overthrow the court and the vote count to put their guy in office no matter what.
What a fool Baker is. Obviously it was his strategy to have Bush not ask for recounts in the GOP counties or elsewhere, but instead begin putting together his "transition team" and have Harris squish the recount, so that Bush wouldn't lose Florida. So now that the strategy has blown up in his face and shown him to be an idiot (he should have instructed Bush to have a full recount of Florida, arguing that they wanted "fairness" rather than a coronation for Dubya), he looks stupid to the Bush family (once again -- they blamed him for daddy Bush's loss against Clinton years back), and he's all bent out of shape and talking about reaching for Jeb to come to their rescue.
Has anyone else noticed how the GOP is the party of hate? It reminds me of the same rightwing anger that swept parts of Europe pre-WW2.
One of the best comments I saw tonight [last night] was from Ed Rollins, a GOP strategist who worked for Ross Perot's failed run. Rollins said it basically boils down to the fact that Clinton has bested the GOP for 8 long years now, he turned around the GOP government shutdown to blow up in their faces, he escaped impeachment and the country viewed it as GOP partisanship, and now they see the election in Florida, Bush won the first count, then the recount gave him a wafer-thin lead, and then Gore asks for his legal manual recount, and when Bush's campaign chairman shut him down, and Gore gets a UNANIMOUS Supreme Court ruling that she abused her discretion, the GOP is furious and irrational.
Rollins actually said the anger was the main thing driving them, more than reason. And that's the real problem with the GOP as I see it. They're angry and full of hatred. Obviously I don't mean everyone who voted GOP and I don't mean everyone who is GOP and serving for elected office. But the hardcore activist Congressional GOP by and large are angry, frustrated hate-filled people, and that's their primary emotion.
The Bush family reminds me of the Godfather. You have Sonny (Dubya), the smiling partying one, Michael (Jeb) the smart younger one, and then Freddo (Neal) the idiot who can't be trusted (Neal got into trouble with the savings and loan scandal). Then you have Baker, the family Consigliore saying he's going to override the voters by using The Family in the GOP state house to override the votes of the people. These are the same guys making dire predictions about the road the Dems are taking us down, then the GOP is the one behaving abominably, refusing the rule of law and basically tossing the Constitution into a crapper in favor of the Familia Bush.