On this day in 2000–sigh–Al Gore conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down the recount in Florida. That day Gore was serenaded at his home by Tom Petty, who performed a song he had earlier demanded that Bush stop using as his own campaign song:

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.