The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling announced just 15 minutes ago appears (it is not yet available online, as I write) to be quite narrow, as numerous writers on NRO have argued it should be. But make no mistake: This ruling will likely buttress the idea that Al Gore has been trying to steal the election. Because that notion has never been based directly on the contention that the Democrats have been engaging in flat-out fraud. The idea instead is that the Gore campaign has consistently tried to change the rules in a series of post hoc rationalizations to help its cause in a way that is rankly unfair.
The Florida supreme court was an integral part of that effort, handing down a legally dubious decision that changed the deadline for recounts to give Gore a partisan boost. The U.S. Supreme Court has now confirmed at least this part of the anti-Gore case. So, the nation’s highest court isn’t by any means saying “Stop thief,” but its ruling lends more credence to those of us who are.