Keith Olbermann Dissects Katherine Harris' Senate Campaign
Keith Olbermann issues a special report on Katherine Harris' Senate race in Florida where she is trailing incumbent Bill Nelson by 30+ points. That doesn't matter, according to Harris, because you can "make polls say anything."
She should know. Ms. Harris was instrumental in helping Bush secure Florida, and, thus, the presidency, in the hotly contested 2000 election.
Click here to see film-maker Robert Greenwald's amazing exposé of the Florida 2000 election.
As Secretary of State for the State of Florida, Harris presided over the contested 2000 US presidential election in Florida. There were allegations of conflicts of interest and partisan, unethical behavior against Katherine Harris during the 2000 campaign. Harris had been named as Bush's Florida campaign co-chair the year before. Bob Butterworth, the Florida state Attorney General, served as co-chair of Gore's campaign.
Harris certified that the Republican candidate, then-Texas Governor George W. Bush, had defeated the Democratic candidate, Vice President Al Gore, in the popular vote of Florida and thus certified the Republican slate of electors. Her ruling was challenged and overturned on appeal by Florida's Supreme Court; this decision, however, was itself reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. That Court ruled (5-4) that Gore's request to extend Florida's statutory deadline for ballot re-counts had no merit, because no Florida law at the time provided for that option. This ruling nullified the state court's decision, upholding Harris' certification. The decision foreclosed any further court challenges by Gore and resulted in Bush's margin of victory in Florida being officially tallied at 537 votes. Therefore, Florida's electoral votes — and the Presidency — went to George W. Bush.