Jewish World Review March 2, 2001 / 6 Adar, 5761
(A Fantasy Which Will Never Happen)
http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- Good Morning. Having now had a chance to examine the latest review of the Florida ballots conducted by the Miami Herald and USA Today, I feel compelled to make the following brief statement. I was wrong.
The results of those newspapers show, that under even the most liberal counting methods employed, that is, to include all hanging chads, dimpled chads and so forth, in the four counties in which we sought recounts, the Gore Lieberman ticket would have nevertheless lost. This conclusion substantiates an earlier finding conducted by the Palm Beach Post. Additional “overvote” and “undervote” counting will continue by the Herald and other papers, but it has become clear to me at this point, that it is time to put this thing to rest. I therefore, would like to congratulate President Bush as the indisputable winner of the highest office of the land.
My best wishes also go to Vice President Cheney and the Bush and Cheney family members. I am truly sorry to have put you all through this ordeal. The election night victory was rightfully yours and I robbed you out of it due to my personal ambition and stubbornness. That night is something you can never reclaim. I was wrong.
Most of all, I would like to offer my sincere apologies to the American people for putting them through yet another national nightmare. I make no excuses for my behavior, but as a way of explanation, let me say that having spent virtually my entire life in politics I came to believe that winning, no matter what, no matter how, was the highest virtue and the true measure of a man. I was wrong.
Consulting with my advisors, I agreed to take the election into the highest courts of the state and use every legal avenue I could to turn the vote count around, including manufacturing votes on ballots that were previously discarded. I was wrong. I allowed my campaign people to take the fight into the streets with staged marches and protests led by demagogues such as Jesse Jackson and Alan Dershowitz. I was wrong. I made every attempt I could to delay and delegitimize the election of Governor Bush to President forcing the matter into the Federal Supreme Court. I was wrong.
I ask my fellow Democrats, including former President Clinton, DNC Chairman McAuliffe, and Senator Clinton to join with me in supporting our new President and working together with him to make the proper decisions for America which will benefit our people and the people of the world.
An intelligent man once wrote, “we ultimately get what we deserve.” I have gotten what I deserve. George W. Bush has gotten what he deserves. And G-d willing, the American people will get what they deserve -- a good and decent leader who puts his country ahead of his own ambition, personal fortunes, and self-aggrandizement. I wish him well.
G-d bless President Bush. G-d bless The United States of
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