It began eight years ago, in the rubble of a candidacy toppled by a third-party candidate and a charismatic Southern governor.
Al Gore '69, then a Tennessee senator who had toiled in Congress for 16 years, was launched into the national spotlight as vice president.
George W. Bush, who had vigorously worked for his father's campaign, was left embittered and returned to Texas to help run the Texas Rangers.
Gore would slowly inherit the mantle of President Clinton's anointed successor. Bush, after surprising then-incumbent Texas. Gov. Ann Richards in 1994, would slowly figure into Republican plans to recapture the White House.
And yesterday evening, the two players returned to the national scene in an epic electoral battle that pitted both men and their legacies against each other.
But in a drama worthy of the Bard, no winners emerged last night, as victory speeches and cheering crowds were left in the lurch and concession speeches were retracted. In the end, no man would emerge victorious, or at least on this night.
And so the fate of the nation hinges on a few thousand votes--even perhaps a few hundred--in a state better known for retirement communities and Disney World than changing the political fate of the nation.
Suddenly, the national electorate knows much more about Florida than it would probably care to know.
The Nader LieRalph Nader seems a respectable enough individual. A Harvard Law School alum, he let his conscience lead him away from
LettersVotes for Nader Will Not Defeat Gore To the editors: In response to Adam I. Arenson's column, "The Nader Lie"
Texas Governor Returns Home to Await ResultsAUSTIN, Texas--The governor of Texas will await the network projections today--the final word--sequestered in a room at the Four Seasons
Deadlock: Recount OrderedThe presidency of the United States hinged on perhaps as few as 200 Florida votes early this morning, as the
Gore Minutes From ConcedingNASHVILLE--On the day after, no one in Nashville was exactly sure what had transpired in the War Memorial Plaza, where
In Nation, Stability ReignsWhile the final recount is completed, the hanging chads tabulated, the overseas ballots enumerated and the lawsuits filed, resolved and