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Jews for Buchanan: Did You Hear the One About the Theft of the American Presidency? Paperback – November 14, 2001

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (November 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565847172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565847170
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,020,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nichols, an experienced political observer who writes for the Nation, assembles an impressively wide array of little-known information about the 2000 election in Florida: how TV network cutbacks left them short of news resources and vulnerable to spin and bad-faith attacks; how several counties with optical-scan equipment capable of catching mismarked ballots had high error rates because officials disabled the function to save money; how the "butterfly ballot" cost Gore over 8,500 votes, and a rush to judgment overlooked the clear precedent of a court-ordered revote in the 1968 presidential election; how a Reconstruction-era law disenfranchising felons cost Gore roughly 85,000 votes, and how Bush's and Katherine Harris's offices combined to purge the votes of thousands of supposed "ex-felons," including one county election supervisor; how blacks, with 11% of eligible voters, constituted 44% of those "scrubbed" from voter rolls and 54% of rejected ballots; how Republicans quietly challenged and disqualified hundreds of overseas Gore votes; and many other examples. Nichols combines a journalistic, point-by-point style with engaging, conversational, sometimes chilling and sometimes humorous anecdotes: Pat Buchanan, for instance, jokes about how he prayed to God not to let his epitaph read "The Man Who Cost George W. Bush the Presidency," and wholeheartedly agrees that the butterfly ballot helped save him from this particular ignominy. This volume will leave little doubt in the minds of many that Gore was robbed. But Nichols doesn't dryly build a case; he tells compelling stories revolving around the deeper, more troubling notion that the American people and democracy itself were robbed. 34 b&w illus.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lanlady on February 27, 2002
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Remember the TV pundits trying so hard to convince us that the Bush presidency really began on 9/11? Don't let them fool you--the details of vote robbing, fraud, abuse of power, and political chicanery that played out in Florida, courtesy of the Bush family and GOP operative Katherine Harris, have been researched and presented in very convincing fashion by John Nichols. Until I read this book I thought I was pretty well up to speed on the Florida election fiasco. I was wrong: Jews for Buchanan not only has much to add about the infamous butterfly ballot (designed by a Texas firm, by the way!) but also goes into depth about such under-reported (or outright censured) aspects as the real extent of African-American voter disenfranchisement. The book is rich in details. For instance, I didn't know that there is a Bush cousin working at Fox who succeeding in manipulating that station's news coverage.
The saga is recounted with an appopriate touch of light humor (much needed, because the information is enough to make you scream and cry), with fascinating sidebars throughout focussing on particular technical or "human interest" aspects. It is extremely well-written.
I promise you will never look at Bush and his clique the same way again. It has stirred me to become more politically active, and to start paying close attention to this Administration and its media lackeys.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2001
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What took place last autumn in Florida was one of the most extraordinary episodes in U.S. history. In 100 years it will be much discussed and analyzed. Yet our mainstream media coverage -- weighted down by extraordinary political pressures -- have done a dreadful job of shedding light on what actually happened, how it happened, and why; perhaps becuase the media themselves are a significant part of the story.
Along comes John Nichols, one of the top political journalists in the country, with this brilliant evaluation of the events in Florida over those five weeks. Nichols nails down the story, and does so in a remarkably entertaining manner. Folks, for those of you unfamiliar with the territory, this is what journalism looks like.
The present War and the call for everyone to bow down to our "maximum leader" may undercut some of the attention this book would have received otherwise. (For those who think it improper to criticize the president, I urge you to look at how the press treated Linclon during the Civil War. Lincoln, a democratic figure, not the bumbling heir to a dynasty, took it in stride.)But it shouldn't. This book really cuts through the lies and propaganda and gets to the truth of the matter. And it is not as pretty picture, as a commentary on the caliber of our political culture today.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By William Hare on December 5, 2001
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The British philosopher Lord Acton said, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing." Numerous patriotic Americans have given their lives throughout history initially in revolution and later in wars to provide us with a democracy and to help preserve it.
Author-journalist John Nichols reveals the theft of democracy by the Bush campaign team and, ultimately, the United States Supreme Court in the 2000 presidential election. Not one for small talk, Nichols, as the current saying goes, "cuts quickly to the chase." He writes about the prevasive influence of George W. Bush's first cousin, John Ellis of Fox News, in making the initial call of Bush as the "winner" of the hotly contested race, along with the masterly spin operation which prompted all other television networks to quickly follow. From that point Bush was the presumptive president-elect and efforts by the Gore team to secure a definitive recount of Florida voters would be dubbed as the efforts of a "sore loser." Much attention is also devoted by Nichols to the successful efforts on the part of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the candidate's younger brother, and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a George Bush "co-campaign chair" to disqualify African American voters in Florida, resulting in the estimated disqualification of 31% of the state's elegible African Americans on the state's voting roles. The effort did not stop there as roadblocks were erected in heavily African American precincts while, among those who attempted to vote, many ballots were discarded. Also covered in detail by Nichols is the "Butterfly Ballot" controversy in Palm Beach County. He reveals there was indeed judicial precedent for the revote which the petitioners sought.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Scaff on November 28, 2001
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This is an excellent account of the travesty in Florida that resulted not only in the theft of the American presidency, but the death of American democracy as we know it. This book serves as a chilling warning of how the democratic process can fail under the weight of corruption, incompetence, and partisanship.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on December 18, 2005
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Katherine Harris, Chairperson of the Bush campaign in Florida, took a number of partisan actions prior to, during, and after the election that obviously aided here candidate. Prior to the election she had all ex-felons from all states deleted from the rolls (even those whose civil rights had been restored; 31% were black males, vs. statewide average of about 5% - a group that heavily favored Gore). During the election many/most were not offered affidavit ballots that would under go later verification and counting (a legal requirement).

A five-month review by USA Today, Miami Herald, and KnightRidder papers of 171,908 discarded ballots led to a USA Today article concluding that Gore should have "decisively won Florida and the White House." Roughly 3% of the "overvotes" (two or more candidates marked) made a clear choice for Gore and would have brought him victory (Miami Herald). Counties for Bush accepted 60% of overseas ballots, vs. 20% in those for Gore, using a deliberate pro-Bush strategy, according to the New York Times.

Butterfly Ballots: Buchanan estimated that only 300 - 400 of the 3,407 votes he got in Palm Beach were for him - the rest were intended for Gore. There were also about 10,000 overvotes for Buchanan + Gore - Buchanan estimated that 95-98% should have gone to Gore.

Tom Delay (Republican House Whip) initiated a "riot" of outsiders (mostly Republican aides) to disrupt/delay the Miami recount - was never finished prior to the arbitrary Harris deadline, and would have turned the election around.

Nichols ends by calling for specific revisions to election laws and procedures.

My view is that any candidate that does not stand for honesty and fairness should not be elected. Based on Bush's dishonest McCain-bashing in the South Carolina primary I should have voted for Gore, and am ashamed that I did not.
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