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It was late, the election was over, and Dubya was about to be president. Plenty of people wanted to lash out in anger. But few chose to launch an election protest like that of San Francisco solo practitioner Robert De Vries. The longtime tenants’ rights attorney took to the Web the day after the last presidential election and registered the domain name www.fucknader.org. “Some time after the last election I was contemplating the fact that the votes for [Ralph] Nader essentially made George Bush president,” De Vries said. It’s not that De Vries was such an Al Gore supporter either. He doesn’t even hold all that much against Nader. But De Vries is a champion of the underdog (in San Francisco that means “tenant”), even in protest. And he was hopping mad that as he saw it, Bush won Florida because Nader stole votes from Gore. “All of the people who supported Nader were nice, middle-class people — it wouldn’t make a difference in their lives if Bush was president,” said De Vries. His protest may not last forever. De Vries bought the domain name for one year and while it links to his firm’s Web site, he said it’s hardly a business promotion tool. “I just had to point it somewhere [and] there are very few people typing in fucknader.org intuitively,” De Vries said.

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