Election 2000: Flipping The Script

Late last Friday afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy, the gentlemanly Democrat from Vermont, sequestered himself in his office on Capitol Hill and ordered his aides not to interrupt him for anything short of war. "I don't care what's going on," he told them. "I don't want to be bothered." A bushelful of memos had piled up on his desk, the fruit of a frantic political week of Senate power struggles framed inside the titanic power struggle for the White House. Leahy figured the Florida Supreme Court would bring the hammer down on Al Gore's final appeal and didn't care to watch. So...

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