Regarding "Gore article leaned to the right" (Oct. 20, Letters): Democratic Party mythology about the 2000 presidential election lives on because the faithful can't let it go.
The U.S. Supreme Court did not "intervene before the vote could be completed in Florida." The vote was completed, but the Florida Supreme Court intervened sua sponte (Latin that may be loosely translated as "on its own initiative"), triggering an endless and convoluted series of vote counts.
The case was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court by the GOP, and the justices voted to halt the Florida insanity -- 7-2, not 5-4 as many Democrats like to believe. The court's 5-4 vote was on what process to follow next.
Following the election, every recount -- by interested parties and by ostensibly objective analysts from the major news media -- showed the winner was George W. Bush.
Democratic Party officials know the facts, but they like the myth better, because the idea that the election was stolen plays better with the party base.