I always profit from reading or listening to the learned, thoughtful Michael Barone. In this column he examines how Al Gore and Democrats damaged our political process by selectively challenging certain election results in Florida. While they hurt President Bush they hurt themselves even more — and they definitely damaged our democratic/republican processes. But he makes an even more intriguing point, to wit: had Gore been successful in his cherry-picked challenged and come away with the presidency, our system, his credibility, and that of his party would have been damaged immeasurably further. He points to the abomination of the Washington State gubernatorial election to make his case, by analogy. As usual with Barone, his argument is fact intensive and unassailable.