iirc the recounts kept finding more Gore votes and the GOP realized it had a problem so it escalated the issue, but the next two deciding factors were both Democrat, so they had to skip them and the only higher authority they could possibly appeal to was MAYBE the US Supreme Court, which should have declined to make a decision and send it back to Florida, but chose instead to subvert democracy and aid in steering the country off of the cliff that was the stupidest presidency in history before Trump got elected.
I remember thinking every time Bush fucked up so badly, "Surely conservatives will see this and learn. Surely they won't make this mistake again." And then they voted for Bush again, and the same shady shit happened again, but this time Kerry got bullied out of contesting by accusations that he was gonna "pull a Gore." Then all through that presidency, Bush fucked up and conservatives were surely watching, right? Surely they realized the party was the literal opposite of what it claimed to be, right?
Nope! They votes for Romney even though he was overtly, explicitly contrary to every conservative ideal! He was the greedy city slicker businessman fucking poor mom and pop shops out of business personified. They didn't care. They voted for him and spewed retarded garbage about Obama being a Kenyan Muslim Socialist.
But surely they learned, right? They saw Obama turn the economy around and fix most of Bush's mistakes, right? Nope! They actually got pissed he fixed anything, so they punished us all by electing a reality TV show host with an IQ of 40 and the temperament of a child.
And thus all faith in democracy was lost. Humans can't handle the burden. They're too fucking stupid.