Clinton Fatigue: The Failure Of Democracy In The United States

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On Saturday, December 9th, the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to abandon the hand recounts in the counties and set a new hearing for December 11th. This hearing lasted for two solid days, and on December 12th, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Bush v Gore and reversed the verdict made by the Florida Supreme Court. The court ruled that: not all ballots were being treated equally and thus a violation of the Constitution 's 14th amendment equal protection clause, the Florida Supreme Court would be required to set up new voting practices and standards to follow in the recount. However, the justices were split 5-4 over how to solve the problem at hand. Five of the justices expressed that the initial date already set for the recounted votes should infact …show more content…
Especially In the early stages of his campaign, references were made that this was the main reason Gore’s numbers were falling behind those of Bush.# Some argue however, that “if Clinton had been able to run for re-election, he would have won easily” with both the Democratic nomination, and the presidency. This came as a result of the fact that Clinton could take the credit for the achievements of his administration and good economic state the country was currently in. Since Gore had been vice-president at the time however, he could not take such credit and therefore people did not look at him in the same way they saw Clinton. The many scandals Clinton became wrapped up in prevented the people from continuing to want a Democrat in the White House and especially not one like Gore who had been around when the scandals unfurled. In the eyes of some, Bill Clinton was a liability for Gore, if Clinton’s presidency was viewed as unsuccessful or if Gore reminded people in any way of the scandals of Clinton then Clinton essentially diminished Gore’s …show more content…
According to a survey conducted by Gallup October 8-10 of 1999, less than half of the American people were so called ‘tired’ of Clinton - 43% to be precise# and most of this faction consisted of the Republican Party base. The majority 56%# actually disagree that they were tired of Clinton or that he had any impact on their voting decision for the 2000 election. The 43% also contains almost the exact same people as those who voted their disapproval of the job Clinton was doing as president. Even more important than this however, is that this group also places Bush as their top choice for the next President over either Gore or his Democratic opponent, Bill Bradley. Furthermore, 24%# of this group would vote for Bradley while 17%# would vote for Gore. Even if these voters who voted for Bush were to vote for Gore, he would have still been behind Bush by about

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