Tinfoil Christmas – December 13

On December 13, 2000, Al Gore conceded defeat in one of the most contested elections in American history.

To this date, many people, even when writing in otherwise respectable publications, refer to the election as a “stolen election”.

The fact of the matter is that the recount of Florida was investigated by a consortium of newspapers, assisted by the professional statisticians at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Even if the recount would have been carried out exactly as Mr. Gore had sought, the result would still have been a victory for Bush.

After the election of 2012, some right-wing conspiracy theorists have claimed that Romney lost to Obama due to fraud, in spite of very little evidence suggesting this to be the case. Partisanship can lead to wishful thinking, and whishful thinking can lead to conspiratorial thinking.