posted on Jan, 22 2005 @ 09:35 PM
James Baker, the former secretary of state under Bush Sr., was called into duty Nov. 8 2000. Baker, who at the time was Carlyle managing director and
senior counselor, filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Gore camp's selective recount request only included counties in which gore was likely to pick
up votes. Baker managed to some how sway the opinion of the court and Florida lawmakers against a recount, painting Gore as a sore loser, desperate to
gain an edge.
The automatic recounts that took place in Florida, simply rechecked the totals that machines had spit out. It did not put the ballots through the
machines again, the true meaning of a recount. Eighteen counties failed to properly recount their votes, accounting for more than a quarter of the
total votes cast.
Much of Carlyle Group's interests hung in the balance: the defense investments, the extensive interests in the Middle East, and the Republican
administration in exile. The company would lose some of their most useful advisors and friends to the Bush White House staff (Colin Powell, Donald
You should not be surprised.