Election 2000: Joe Versus the Volcano

Among Joe Lieberman's worries last Friday was how late the Florida Supreme Court's ruling would come and how early it gets dark these winter days. He had consulted his rabbi about whether he could concede on the Sabbath. As it turned out, Lieberman had to worry not about a concession speech at that point but about whether to indulge--after so far resisting the impulse to either celebrate or grieve--in a moment of relief more passing than he could ever have imagined.

Since Election Day, Lieberman has been the recount absolutist. The moral certainty that drove some of his Senate colleagues to...

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