The Odd Consequences of Taking Bush V. Gore Seriously

25 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2008

Date Written: 2001


In the short time since the November 2000 presidential election, it has become commonplace in both academic and popular forums to deride the Supreme Court's decisions in Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board and as - to put it bluntly - intellectually corrupt. The common theme of these attacks on the Court's abrupt resolution of the 2000 presidential election is that the decisions were crassly political efforts to decide the election on behalf of the party favored by the five Justices who formed the Bush v. Gore majority. There is ample justification for this derisive response, in light of the way in which the Court aggressively reached out to decide a case that was by most measures unripe for Supreme Court review, and also in light of the weak constitutional doctrines relied upon by the majority.

Suggested Citation

Gey, Steven G., The Odd Consequences of Taking Bush V. Gore Seriously (2001). Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 29, 2001; FSU College of Law, Public Law and Legal Theory Series. Available at SSRN:

Steven G. Gey (Contact Author)

Florida State University ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States
850-644-5467 (Phone)
850-644-5487 (Fax)

Register to save articles to
your library


Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics