I know this might not be the best thread idea ever, but this has been gnawing at me for a few years. I feel like Bush should not have won in 2000. He handily lost the popular vote and he narrowly won the electoral college vote. The controversy over the situation in Florida that gave Bush the electoral votes he needed to win was never really resolved. It was actually the Supreme Court that declared Bush the winner and placed an injunction on Florida, such that machine rejected ballots should not be counted in any case. Seldom reported, 20 congressmen objected to the result, but were summarily disallowed to speak. In the past, when the electoral college had voted against the popular vote, there was a compromise necessary, but this was the first time in US history that the election was decided by the Supreme Court with no concessions made by the victor. So... What if Al Gore had won that day? Here's what I think: 1. Climate Change Denialism would not have gained a foothold in government. The reason I believe that is because the science had already gained a strong foothold everywhere else, and government denialism policies usually have a difficult time getting traction once an idea has been accepted by the public for 5 or more years, and Bill Clinton's administration had only just got the public behind the idea a year or two prior to the election. 2. The Iraq War would have been very unlikely. Even though Lieberman was pro-war, and would have been VP, I do not believe that a Gore administration would have allowed 9/11 to have occurred. I am also quite certain that, had 9/11 occurred under Gore, the false connections back to Iraq would have not been made by anyone in a position of power. 3. The failed educational policy of "No Child Left Behind" would have not taken effect. Thus, US school systems would have remained on a steady decline rather than a rapid downturn in effectiveness. 4. Due to the three above points, as well as Gore's stronger economic policies and willingness to provide a stimulus, I have reason to believe that the 2008 recession would have not likely occurred. 5. I don't think Lieberman would have ran in 2008, so there is a chance either HRC or Obama would have still run. It could have been possible that Gore would have lost re-election if he had proven to be ineffective as president, but I am going to assume that he would have likely won. It could have been entirely possible, though, that McCain would have had an appeal toward a change that would have resulted in a McCain presidency in 2009. What do you guys think Gore might have done to effect the nation negatively? Would we still be in this quagmire today of economic sunken-ness and science denial? Probably somewhat, but not as much, I think.