Krugman reviews Andrew Gumbel's book "Steal This Vote." Here are a couple paragraphs from Krugman's editorial:
Mr. Gumbel throws cold water on those who take the discrepancy between the exit polls and the final result as evidence of a stolen election. (I told you it's a judicious book.) He also seems, on first reading, to play down what happened in Ohio. But the theme of his book is that America has a long, bipartisan history of dirty elections.
He told me that he wasn't brushing off the serious problems in Ohio, but that "this is what American democracy typically looks like, especially in a presidential election in a battleground state that is controlled substantially by one party."
That this country has a "long, bipartisan history of dirty elections" has been an open secret for quite some time. Larry Sabato's book "Dirty Little Secrets" ably documented that fact long before the 2000 election.
The difference between earlier instances of corruption and voter fraud and the instances in the last two presidential elections is the internet. In earlier eras the mainstream media could ignore the fraud and corruption and the public remained uninformed about it for generations. That is no longer the case. Those who know where to look on the internet and who have the discernment to distinguish partisan ranting from thoughtful analysis have long known about the illegitimate methods by which this administration came to power.
It is good to see the mainstream media publishing more about the "dirty little secrets" that they've long been withholding from the public.