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Soothing or Salting Wounds From Election 2000

By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
New York Times
May 23, 2008

“Every vote counts” is one of those platitudes, like “Watch your step,” that doesn’t have much meaning until that first really bad fall.

It certainly had resonance in the 2000 presidential election, when the Florida voting ended in a hairline finish that took 36 days and a Supreme Court decision to resolve. It was historic and historically awful, until the Sept. 11 attacks wiped away much of the anguish and slapstick. For a while, at least, the Florida vote count seemed as trivial and irrelevant as the results of the Henley Regatta after August 1914.

Not this year, however. “Recount,” an astute and deliciously engrossing film on HBO this Sunday night, retells the tale of Florida in all its bizarre and inglorious moments, from haggling over the “hanging chad” and “butterfly ballots” to the ruckus between the Florida secretary of state, Katherine Harris, and the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board. “Recount” is not satire; it’s a mordantly serious look at a moment when character, political influence and luck fatefully collided.



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