Megan McArdle on what might have happened if the Supreme Court had not decided Bush v. Gore:
Democrats who are mad about Bush v. Gore seem to sort of forget just how awful the Florida rulings looked. A court composed entirely of Democrats ruled that they thought it was fine for Al Gore to cherry pick the four biggest Democratic counties in Florida and request precisely the manual recount that was most likely to deliver him the election even if he had, in fact, received less than a majority of the votes in the state. This was a terrible idea, and it made a mockery of later Democratic claims that they just wanted to count all the votes. They wanted to count only votes that would make Al Gore president, and the Florida Supreme Court did everything it could to help, short of just stepping in and ruling that Al Gore was the winner. The Republican outcry against the Florida Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court would have been intense--in my opinion, justifiably so.
The villains of this story never were the conservative justice on the US Supreme Court. Nope. The bad guys were the Democrats on the Florida Supreme Court who blatantly favored Gore at every stage. Not that you can get a Democrat to admit it.