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Dick Morris: Look out, here comes Al (& Nixon’s ’68 Comeback Offers Clues for Gore)
The Hill ^ | 2/22/06 | Dick Morris / Roger Stone

Posted on 02/22/2006 5:46:58 AM PST by Mr. Brightside

Look Out, Here Comes Al

Dick Morris

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.

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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.

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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. It’s 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.

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Gore has three things going for him: A perception that he was robbed of the White House and Hillary’s possible stubbornness in continuing to back the war.

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The third thing? The weather. As the evidence of global climate change impresses everyone who doesn’t 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.

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Nixon’s ’68 Comeback Offers Clues for Gore

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. Gore’s 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 Nixon’s strategy in 1968, he could end up in the White House after all.

Nixon’s book Six Crises was a cathartic exercise that Nixon wrote after he lost the 1960 Presidential election—one that maintained his place on the national stage. Mr. Gore’s 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. Gore’s early endorsement of Howard Dean in the 2004 primaries earned him a new and growing anti-war constituency. Despite Dr. Dean’s 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: He’s 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 Leno’s 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 wasn’t until Watergate that we saw the other side of 1968’s relaxed and affable Nixon, whose political acumen I admired. But in 1968, his persistence, drive and shrewdness—coupled with a divisive war—drove 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.

http://www.observer.com/20060227/20060227_Roger_J._Stone_Jr._politics_wiseguys-2.asp

1 posted on 02/22/2006 5:46:59 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside
Both (Nixon and Gore) 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.

Gore withdrew gracefully?

If that is not the most insane statement I have seen since the 2000 election, I don't know what is.

2 posted on 02/22/2006 5:49:37 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

In my opinion he hasn't withdrawn yet.


3 posted on 02/22/2006 5:51:30 AM PST by kempster
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To: Mr. Brightside
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.

Sounds to me like he just wanted a paycheck.
4 posted on 02/22/2006 5:53:05 AM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Mr. Brightside

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?


5 posted on 02/22/2006 5:53:13 AM PST by zek157
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To: Mr. Brightside
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.

Were truer words ever spoken?

6 posted on 02/22/2006 5:53:43 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


7 posted on 02/22/2006 5:53:57 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Mr. Brightside
We can only hope that Gore will run. Lets add Kerry in the soup again as well. Wasn't Kerry robbed in Ohio? Whadda buncha mopes.

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.

8 posted on 02/22/2006 5:54:10 AM PST by Thebaddog (Dog can like cats who are cool)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


9 posted on 02/22/2006 5:54:20 AM PST by Roamin53 (World War III started on Bill Clinton's watch....he just wasn't sure which side he was on!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


10 posted on 02/22/2006 5:55:48 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Morris says the hurricane was evidence of global warming and is implying that Gore withdrew gracefully?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Is he NUTS?!


Yeah.


11 posted on 02/22/2006 5:55:53 AM PST by Shimmer128
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To: Mr. Brightside

These guys are smoking crack. Gore is generally perceived as a lunatic and there are plenty of sound bites to prove it.


12 posted on 02/22/2006 5:57:10 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: kempster; Mr. Brightside

In my opinion he hasn't withdrawn yet.

D I T T O !


13 posted on 02/22/2006 5:58:47 AM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: Mr. Brightside
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.

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.

14 posted on 02/22/2006 5:59:00 AM PST by VRWCmember (You are STILL safer hunting with Dick Cheney than riding in a car with Ted Kennedy!)
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To: Inwoodian

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.


15 posted on 02/22/2006 5:59:03 AM PST by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Please let AlGore run again. Morris is reaching with this piece.


16 posted on 02/22/2006 5:59:21 AM PST by GOPRaleigh (If John Kerry didn't exist then Karl Rove would have to invent him.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Dick Morris forgets one key point. Algore is a certifiable nut.


17 posted on 02/22/2006 5:59:44 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


18 posted on 02/22/2006 6:02:05 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: VRWCmember
"Like Mr. Gore, Nixon lost a Presidential election in a photo finish, and many felt the Presidency was stolen from him."

The difference was that the Presidency WAS stolen from Nixon.

Looks like Morris is trying to keep his prediction accuracy rate down again.

19 posted on 02/22/2006 6:03:06 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: filbert
Any competent opponent would obtain video of his infamous Saudi speech and quickly paint him as an anti-American loon.

You nailed it! Gore is finished as a presidential candidate--as long as the Dims retain any sense at all.

Hey, wait a minute...

20 posted on 02/22/2006 6:03:37 AM PST by Lysandru
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To: VRWCmember

Good points!


21 posted on 02/22/2006 6:04:18 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Mr. Brightside
"Gore has three things going for him:"


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.






22 posted on 02/22/2006 6:04:54 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


23 posted on 02/22/2006 6:05:32 AM PST by n230099
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To: Hatteras
A certifiable lack of sanity has never precluded a run for the White House.

Remember most of the core RAT base is nuts, so Al Gore should be a shoe in!

25 posted on 02/22/2006 6:06:24 AM PST by Agent Smith (Fallujah delenda est. (I wish))
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To: LibertarianInExile

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 . . .


26 posted on 02/22/2006 6:07:13 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Hatteras

I wish Dick Morris would go back to doing something useful like sucking toes and spare us all from his wild political theories.


27 posted on 02/22/2006 6:07:43 AM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: Hatteras
In his wilderness years, (Gore) has found himself. He is more self-effacing, funnier, cooler, easier-going

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I'm with you. Gore IS nuts! And everyone knows it but these two.

28 posted on 02/22/2006 6:08:38 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: Shimmer128

I heard several meteorologists say that these hurricanes are not from global warming but from a normal cycle that keeps repeating.


29 posted on 02/22/2006 6:13:24 AM PST by imskylark
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To: Mr. Brightside
Big difference........

Nixon was a patriot

Gore is a traitor and a bum!

30 posted on 02/22/2006 6:15:03 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: VRWCmember

"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.


31 posted on 02/22/2006 6:17:48 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: Mr. Brightside
It all sounds good to me. If not Al, it will be some other anti war nut. But I believe there will be someone who will get the anti war vote in the primaries and it won't be Hillary.

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.

32 posted on 02/22/2006 6:19:14 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Mr. Brightside
It was he who warned of climate change and predicted its consequences

So told in a NY speech on a day with heavy snow & 4 degree weather.

WHAT A TOOL

33 posted on 02/22/2006 6:19:40 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Wow! This Al Gore sycophant revises history in such a way that it stuns the senses. Throwing so many lies at you in such a short time must be a new tactic to over whelm those who live in reality and not Al Gore's promise land.
34 posted on 02/22/2006 6:19:48 AM PST by avant_garde
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To: Mr. Brightside; Allegra; peacebaby
Listen Al and let me make this perfectly clear! I didn't climb out the grave just to whistle "Dixie." So, first, announce to the press that you will be making an important statement. Get that Micheal Moore to film the whole thing. Have the press meet you on top of the Empire State Building. Then when they have all assembled and are at the peak of anticipation, take a deep breath, grab Micheal Moore and jump over the rail with him, you sorry heap of dung!

Geeze, Dick! And I thought I was hard on the Dems...

Well, I'm not a good shot like you...

35 posted on 02/22/2006 6:20:46 AM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often)
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To: Bender2

Very funny! Thanks for the laughs this morning!


36 posted on 02/22/2006 6:25:44 AM PST by peacebaby (I think - therefore I am, I think... .)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Would the American public be foolish (stupid) enough to vote for algore on the basis of one issue - global warming?


37 posted on 02/22/2006 6:26:41 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Gore has three things going for him? Let me add a fourth.

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!

HF

38 posted on 02/22/2006 6:27:01 AM PST by holden (holden on'a'na truth, de whole truth, 'n nuttin' but de truth)
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To: Mr. Brightside; Bender2

"Gore withdrew gracefully? "

Gore doesn't do anything gracefully.

Somebody needs to look up the definition of the word "gracefully."


39 posted on 02/22/2006 6:27:55 AM PST by peacebaby (I think - therefore I am, I think... .)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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?


40 posted on 02/22/2006 6:29:23 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Mr. Brightside

I wouldn't vote for that clod if he were running for city pooper scooper. He's a fringe lunatic!


41 posted on 02/22/2006 6:33:17 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


42 posted on 02/22/2006 6:35:06 AM PST by taillightchaser (If you think algore is a whaco socialist--wait till we elect hitlery-you ain't seen anything yet!!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Global warming debates don't trump defeating Islamic terrorism. Bring it on! I'd love to defeat Al again!


43 posted on 02/22/2006 6:35:40 AM PST by kcbc2001
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To: sgtbono2002
We all saw Al Gore kicking and Screamning right down to the last. He is still whining and moaning.

Maybe the author is right, "Graceful Gore" not "Sore-Loserman."

What were we thinking? (rolling eyes)

44 posted on 02/22/2006 6:39:26 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: Eagles Talon IV

"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.


45 posted on 02/22/2006 6:40:10 AM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: kempster
In my opinion he hasn't withdrawn yet.

I kind of wish Gore's father would have withdrawn.

46 posted on 02/22/2006 6:41:03 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: zek157
Well isn't everything else his fault. I am sick of these knee jerk reactions.
47 posted on 02/22/2006 6:43:28 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: VRWCmember

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.


48 posted on 02/22/2006 6:44:32 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


49 posted on 02/22/2006 6:47:16 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mariabush

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?


50 posted on 02/22/2006 6:50:40 AM PST by zek157
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