Focus Point - A Bad Election IdeaCommentary by Pete du Pont
November 28, 2000
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. William F. Buckley once said he'd rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard University faculty. I thought of that when I read Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe's New York Times article which offered this solution to the Florida vote dispute: A *corrective election.* People who voted on Election Day would sign affadavits for a second election promising to vote for *whichever candidate they had intended to vote for on Election Day.*
If that's not vague and potentially corrupting enough, Tribe offers a footnote: The Bush and Nader vote totals would be frozen at what they got the first time, only Gore and Lieberman totals could change.
I'm sure if I put my mind to it I could come up with a more malicious proposal for undermining the democratic process, but it would be tough. And remember, this came not from the ivory tower at Harvard, but for one of Al Gore's legal advisers.
Still, though, it's a plain goofy proposal.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, the Best Presidents.