The third and final presidential debate is over, and – frankly – I don’t have a clue who won.
But the media and social media exploded over Donald Trump’s statement that on whether he would accept the results of the election that he would leave people in suspense until Nov. 9.
How short are the memories of the American people? How many people expected Al Gore in 2000 not to accept the results of the election? He didn’t … and he and the Democratic party really did their best to overturn the results of the election in Florida by stopping the count and then demanding a selective recount.
Lawyers representing Al Gore totally ignored the legitimate and legal process in every state – including Florida – for contesting counts and demanding recounts. Unfortunately, to follow the law, it would have been after the initial counts would have reported that George W. Bush had won in Florida, and hence in the Electoral College. That would never stand, so the nation was treated to about six weeks of legal battles that a) should not have happened the way they did, and b) ultimately did not change the results of the election that would have been the results had the law been followed.
Now, if you don’t think that is what happened, you need to go back and look at the timeline of events and review what the Florida state rules say about vote counts, etc. You also need to go back and look up the stories buried in the fall of 2001 about a recount in Florida sponsored by a host of major news organizations (looking at a variety of permutations) that still came down with a Bush victory. Granted not a huge one, but it only takes one vote to tip the scale one way or another.
Trump really has made the same case … except for the hyperventilation of those who freak at his every statement.
If the Trump campaign follows the laws laid down in each state, in my humble opinion, he is welcome to challenge the outcome in any state and not concede the election based on initial returns and counts.
If you all have a problem with this; get over it.
It is how he won the nomination … by playing by the freaking rules. If he continues to play by the rules, then he is welcome to have at it.
As for the rest of the debate: it pretty much was what I expected, although I have to agree that Trump gave his best performance of the three debates.
I also thought the moderator did the best he could in trying circumstances.
But who won? Elifino. I guess we will get that answer when the vote counts are completed after Nov. 8.