chapter  1
“A House Divided…”
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On November 9, 2000, two days after the presidential election, as the nation was beginning to absorb the full extent of the five-week debacle that was about to ensue, USA Today published a map (similar to the one printed on the back cover of this book) that was portentous in its message. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this map was like flying in a spaceship high above the Earth, surveiling an aerial snapshot of the American political landscape.