Baker and Warren ChristopherWarren Christopher who led Al Gore's legal team in the 2000 Presidential recount passed away last week, may he rest in peace. Republicans owe a great debt of gratitude to Mr. Christopher who began his career as an aide and speech writer for California Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown. Christopher and his Democratic legal team completely misunderstood the nature of the Florida 2000 recount; it was a "street fight for the Presidency of the United States" in the words of James A. Baker III, the former Secretary of State and Treasury Secretary who headed the Bush recount team in Florida in the HBO movie "Recount". In recent days former Gore Aide Ron Klain has sought to deflect blame from Christopher for the disastrous decision to request recounts in only selected counties instead of demanding a recount in every county. The Bush strategy required recounts in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to provide enough votes for Gore to win. The Palm Beach recount fell short. I personally took care of the Miami-Dade recount. It was called off. Christopher was playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules in a fight in which there are no rules. Democrats blame the U.S. Supreme Court but if Gore had ever been able to produce a credible vote count in which he was ahead with all counties counted the matter would never have gotten to court.