Alexis de Tocqueville
And the Year 2000
U. S. Elections
Tocqueville would have regarded the Presidential election of 2000 not as a fiasco ... but as a triumph. The eventual outcome may have been suspect legally (the case should perhaps have been determined by the Supreme Court of Florida) and politically prejudiced (since the Supreme Court judges all voted according to their party sympathies), though correct on the matter of fact (since it seems clear that in the final totting there were more Republican than Democratic votes), but what it demonstrated was the ingrained willingness of the American people to have such questions decided by law and not by force.
The only mobs at the courthouse were the mobs of expensive lawyers.

--- Ferdinand Mount
Review of
Hugh Brogan's
Alexis de Tocqueville
In the TLS
23 February 2007
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