A skeptical reader: “John—I can more easily see the day of
election-litigation looked back on like one does 19th-Century political
hanky-panky. 2000 was a fluke, the aftermath a one-shot deal. The Democratic
base might be energized by such nonsense but independents, who were probably
more bemused than anything four years ago, will grow weary and then angry.
As a native to a naturalized, trust me: Americans at large have no patience
for this kind of thing.”
Possibly so. But Americans at large seem so far to have displayed infinite
patience with a tort “industry” that is making a joke of the very concept of
responsibility, bleeding crucial sectors of the economy, distorting our
political processes, creating an entire class of cynical, discord-promoting
shakedown artists, and enriching some very unsavory and unproductive
characters beyond the dreams of avarice.