In the election of 2000, Al Gore was pitted against George W. Bush. This was an interesting election for multiple reasons and it created much controversy in the political world and debate continues to rage over who really won the election. This was only the fourth election in U.S. history where the candidate who won the popular vote, did not win the presidency.
The election was so close, a mandatory recount occurred and in Florida. This was without a doubt one of the most important aspects of the election. During this recount, around 20 democratic members of congress stood up to express their outrage at the electoral votes. Unfortunately for them, no member of the Senate would join in the protest. In situations like this, there must be co-sponsorship from the member of Congress and a senator. Therefore, the original electoral votes were counted and Bush began his first term.
This situation seems to hit home in this election with Bernie Sanders supporters. Up against Clinton’s super delegates, Sanders’ ability to draw enormous crowds of support was no match. Its situations like Gore’s that help shed light on the true world of politics. But we’re now far more advanced with technology and social media than we were in the year 2000. Because of this, the future of politics is an interesting one. As more and more people gain access to information through the world wide web and feel as though their votes aren’t really being counted, the system will need to change.
After the defeat, Gore remained at ease. No lashing out, no protesting, no grand gestures. He just went on his way and continued fighting for the things he cared about. And while it’s 16 years later, we see Bernie Sanders sticking with his cause and trying to change the system.
So, the more popular Gore lost because in the democratic republic in which we live, the overwhelming support of the people just isn’t always enough.