I remember the month of November 2000. I was the Legislative Aide for newly-elected State Representative John Carassas (now a Pinellas Coutny judge). As a new member of the legislature, Carassas did not even have an office. As such, I worked from home getting him set up.
Which meant a lot of time to watch the Recount the first time.
I was also, technically, in graduate school at USF – trying for my masters.
Needless to say the drama unfolding by the hour had me mesmerized. Day after day, until mid-December, the pundits and spin masters and analysts were there giving the play by play.
I was in Tallahassee for Organizational Session, and ate lunch at the bar at Andrew’s next to a CNN reporter. He hoped to be home for Christmas.
It was crazy.
Fast forward to last night’s HBO broadcast of Recount.
I thought it was good movie. Sure there are places where they took dramatic license – Laura Dern’s portrayal of Katherine Harris, for example. But it was a movie, not a documentary.
It was funny to see Craig Waters offered a bullet proof vest when he presented the Florida Supreme Court ruling on the Gore campaign’s contest of the election (Gore v Harris). It was interesting to see how so many local Supervisors of Elections failed to actually recount the votes — although these were primarily smaller counties.
The movie did a great job of showing how chad could dimple, and how people could have problems with the punch card ballots. Although it was wrong about one thing: Michael Whouley (Dennis Leary) mentioned that poor areas used punch cards but more affluent areas used optical scan machines. This was clearly not true — the systems used are county-wide.
In all, I enjoyed the movie. It’s on my DVR now, so I will probably watch it again this week.