Skip to comments.Dick Morris: Look out, here comes Al (& Nixon’s ’68 Comeback Offers Clues for Gore)
Posted on 02/22/2006 5:46:58 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
Look Out, Here Comes Al
February 22, 2006
Gore may be a man whose time has come in his party. It was he who warned of climate change and predicted its consequences. Hurricane Katrina was just a fulfillment of the prophesies Gore wrote about in his late-1980s book Earth in the Balance.
History indicates that candidates who won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College have all come back to win revenge in subsequent elections. Andrew Jackson, cheated in 1824, won in 1828. Grover Cleveland, cheated in 1888, triumphed in 1892.
Could Al beat Hillary? If Mrs. Clinton persists in her support of the Iraq war, he could. But never count on Hillary losing an election over a principle. Its a bad bet. If she moves to the left on the war, as she already shows signs of doing, she would preempt Gore and Kerry and use her tremendous lead in fundraising and ex-officio delegates to cruise to the nomination.
Gore has three things going for him: A perception that he was robbed of the White House and Hillarys possible stubbornness in continuing to back the war.
The third thing? The weather. As the evidence of global climate change impresses everyone who doesnt work at the White House, Gore looks more and more like a man whose time may have come.
Morris, a former political adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill Clinton, is the author of Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race.
By Roger J. Stone Jr.
February 22, 2006
Mr. Gore may be positioning himself to be the one Democrat who can defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Presidential primaries.
As a Republican, I could never back Mr. Gores election as President. But as a Nixonite, I see some uncanny parallels in the careers of the two former Vice Presidents. In fact, if Mr. Gore looks at Nixons strategy in 1968, he could end up in the White House after all.
Nixons book Six Crises was a cathartic exercise that Nixon wrote after he lost the 1960 Presidential electionone that maintained his place on the national stage. Mr. Gores new documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, thrusts him back to the center of the political life.
Like Mr. Gore, Nixon lost a Presidential election in a photo finish, and many felt the Presidency was stolen from him. Later, both men withdrew gracefully when further challenge to the result was fruitless. The grace with which each withdrew and accepted defeat was considered an act of statesmanship amid partisan furor.
Mr. Gores early endorsement of Howard Dean in the 2004 primaries earned him a new and growing anti-war constituency. Despite Dr. Deans collapse as a candidate and his weekly gaffes as the Democratic National Committee chairman, one fact remains clear: Mr. Gore was an early and articulate critic of the war in Iraq and supported the most anti-war candidate in 2004. He has since made notable speeches questioning the war, becoming the darling of the MoveOn.com crowd, and is now best positioned to be the peace candidate in 2008.
To win, Mr. Gore must run on a simple proposition that puts him at direct odds with Mrs. Clinton: Within 24 hours of taking office, he would withdraw all troops from Iraq and redirect national resources to crush Al Qaeda. The election of 2008 may become like 1968, with war protests wracking the country and the President sticking to his guns.
Mr. Gore must again borrow from the Nixon playbook and reinvent himself. The New Gore is more relaxed: Hes had time to think and reflect on the great challenges facing America. In his wilderness years, he has found himself. He is more self-effacing, funnier, cooler, easier-going, yet articulate and firm. The Al Gore who appeared on Jay Lenos show after the 2004 Presidential election is the Al Gore that voters could find attractive, just as the New Nixon who emerged on Jack Paar after the 1960 election was far more palatable than the pale, sweaty, shifty-eyed Nixon of the Nixon-Kennedy debates.
It wasnt until Watergate that we saw the other side of 1968s relaxed and affable Nixon, whose political acumen I admired. But in 1968, his persistence, drive and shrewdnesscoupled with a divisive wardrove the most remarkable political comeback in American history.
Sound familiar? It should, because the stage is set for Al Gore, the winner of the popular vote in 2000, to do the same.
Roger J. Stone Jr. is a veteran of eight Republican Presidential campaigns.
Gore withdrew gracefully?
If that is not the most insane statement I have seen since the 2000 election, I don't know what is.
In my opinion he hasn't withdrawn yet.
This ugly result would actually be the Presidents fault. You cannot go against your main support time and again (immigration/summer '05 transportation bill) without consequences.
the Port fiasco is the only the latest. Why threaten a veto now when he hasn't use it yet?
Were truer words ever spoken?
Gore is no Nixon. Nixon was a brilliant man, Gore is a nut. Nixon got the '68 nomination because he campaigned all across the country and built up enough favors. Otherwise, Reagan might have taken it. And also, Nixon never, never bad-mouthed America. He was a red, white and blue patriot and the people remembered when he passed away.
We had better start handicapping the Republican race, this mess will be too engrossing and we might end up with a Harriet Meyers candidate if we don't pay attention.
I do not remember Gore showing any kind of grace at any time.....especially when he lost in 2000 and tried to change the result. Nixon did show grace (in 1960) to avoid a national crisis, while the Dems spend their time trying to create one.
It is never going to happen.
Watching Al Gore on live TV in Nov-Dec 2000, in horrified fascination and relief about what might have been (but wasn't), turned more people into Republicans or independents (and committed voters) than the RNC has done with millions in donations.
Morris says the hurricane was evidence of global warming and is implying that Gore withdrew gracefully?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Is he NUTS?!
These guys are smoking crack. Gore is generally perceived as a lunatic and there are plenty of sound bites to prove it.
In my opinion he hasn't withdrawn yet.
D I T T O !
Nixon withdrew immediately and refused to challenge the results in Illinois. Gore tried to have the rules for counting votes changed in order to alter the results of the election in Florida.
Of course, there is also a lot of similarity in the way Nixon went to North Vietnam and Russia and Washington and denounced the US position in the Vietnam war the way Gore did in Saudi Arabia, and accused our soldiers of war crimes. Oh, wait, that wasn't Nixon. That was Jane Fonda in Vietnam, and that was bill clinton in Russia, and it was John Fonda Kerry that lied to the Congress about imaginary war crimes. Nixon didn't do those things after all.
A Gore comeback is laughable.
Any competent opponent would obtain video of his infamous Saudi speech and quickly paint him as an anti-American loon.
Which of course he is.
Please let AlGore run again. Morris is reaching with this piece.
Dick Morris forgets one key point. Algore is a certifiable nut.
I'm also waiting for Samuel Tilden to make a comeback from the 1876 election.
This reads like a college term paper - many forced comparisons.
Nixon's expertise in foreign policy and overall intelligence overcame his lack of the "political charisma" of, say, a Ronald Reagan. Gore does not appear to have any assets to overcome his "politics as a second language" personna. I don't think the environmental angle will do it. but it would be fun to watch Kerry, Gore and Clinton duke it out in primaries.
The difference was that the Presidency WAS stolen from Nixon.
Looks like Morris is trying to keep his prediction accuracy rate down again.
You nailed it! Gore is finished as a presidential candidate--as long as the Dims retain any sense at all.
Hey, wait a minute...
1) The Democrats are like a person hanging on a outcropping atop the Grand Canyon by their fingernails, begging for Divine intervention.
2) When the American public looks at the "nine dwarves" the Democrat Party fielded in the 2004 election, Al Gore looks somewhat sane.
And 3) There are plenty of morons in the MSM that will portray AL Gore as electable, and wacky Americans that will think it possible.
And to think there is over two more years of this tripe to come.
The "cathartic" value of Six Crises, may have been because the events that shaped Nixon's core politics were real. The Hiss case and his HUAC experience were classically formative. He knew he was right and the rejection of the truth of this case was naturally confusing. Gore has no such formative experience. His political and personal belief foundation is rife with psycho-babble and errant thinking. He is basically a crazy person. If he "comes back", there will be nothing "Nixonian" about it. The two have nothing in common from the standpoint of stature.
Remember most of the core RAT base is nuts, so Al Gore should be a shoe in!
Morris occasionally has some astute observations (donning flame-retardant suit!), but his problem is that he's always writing to a deadline. Maybe if he just wrote when he was truly inspired, rather than just grind out his columns and collect a paycheck, he'd up his average - some.
But like the weather forecasters, there's relatively little downside for political analysts if they are wrong in their predictions . . .
I wish Dick Morris would go back to doing something useful like sucking toes and spare us all from his wild political theories.
I'm with you. Gore IS nuts! And everyone knows it but these two.
I heard several meteorologists say that these hurricanes are not from global warming but from a normal cycle that keeps repeating.
Nixon was a patriot
Gore is a traitor and a bum!
"Gore tried to have the rules for counting votes changed in order to alter the results of the election in Florida."
And his lawyers had military absentee ballots tossed out on hyper-technicalities.
Don't bother running Al. You'll never sit in the oval office, even if elected.
I don't see the republicans abandoning the war but the real dems have and as much as the left loves Hill she voted for and although I expect her to claim she only did because she was fooled ... well you see where we are going.
So told in a NY speech on a day with heavy snow & 4 degree weather.
WHAT A TOOL
Geeze, Dick! And I thought I was hard on the Dems...
Well, I'm not a good shot like you...
Very funny! Thanks for the laughs this morning!
Would the American public be foolish (stupid) enough to vote for algore on the basis of one issue - global warming?
Gore constantly shows he's too clever-by-half to be as dyed-in-the-wool evil as the witch.
His ilk of treason is born out of a need to get funds for his political runs, while Hitlery's treason would purposely sell us all out so she and Bill could rule the world.
Run, Al, Run! ...and be sure to let Bob Schrum help you! It'll be great to see all that Democrat money go *poof* in the primary season and to hear all the otherwise-unaired Demo-laundry be used to slime both these two leviathans!
"Gore withdrew gracefully? "
Gore doesn't do anything gracefully.
Somebody needs to look up the definition of the word "gracefully."
Why do people try to rewrite History. We all saw Al Gore kicking and Screamning right down to the last. He is still whining and moaning. Even his daughter is still whining.
No one has seen poor Tipper since the election, have they put her away somewhere?
I wouldn't vote for that clod if he were running for city pooper scooper. He's a fringe lunatic!
That raving lunatic wouldn't stand a chance. his mouth would bury him.
Plus, If he challenges the hildabeast, I would advise him to steer clear of Ft. Marcie park.
Global warming debates don't trump defeating Islamic terrorism. Bring it on! I'd love to defeat Al again!
Maybe the author is right, "Graceful Gore" not "Sore-Loserman."
What were we thinking? (rolling eyes)
"Comparing Gore to Nixon is beyond absurd.The entire article is an exercise in mental masturbation despite the claim that the author is what appears to be a conservative."
Exactly. Nixon remained loyal to his country and didn't go over seas and bash it on enemy soil. Nor did he say that LBJ or JFK betrayed their country.
Nixon had his faults, but he was a much better man than Gore, IMO.
I kind of wish Gore's father would have withdrawn.
Gore never withdrew. He lost in the Supreme Court of the US, and didn't oppose efforts to try and convert electors from voting for Bush to voting for him, led by the "graceful" Bob Beckel.
If Al Gore will submit himself to a board-certified team of psychologists and psychiatrists and allow them to examine him, talk with him, probe his mental state, and if they issue a public report stating that he is as sane and stable as any American man in his late 50's, I'll consider whether or not he deserves my vote.
That ought to take me about 1.5 seconds to reach the same decision I reached in 2000.
I hear you, but in this case the buck stops with the president on this one. This is not a knee jerk reaction. I actually don't think the Brits should have been running our ports either.
I have supported the president 100% from day one and breathed easy when he beat Gore and then Kerry. He is giving the Democrats ample opportunity with this port BS to clean house in the mid terms and in 2008.
by the way, did you like the transportation bill?