Skip to comments.Tennesseans didn't like Al in 2000; but Fred Thompson is a candidate they like
Posted on 11/25/2007 6:34:23 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
You can thank me (or throw eggs at me), not the miscounting in Florida, for Al Gore not being the president of the United States. You see, Tennessee did not vote for its favorite son in 2000. I was a voter in Tennessee in 2000. Had Gore been able to carry the state that knew him best, there would have been no need for recounts in Florida.
Throughout the three weeks of recounting, the media descended upon Florida. No one came to Tennessee to ask us why we had not voted for our own former U.S. Senator.
We did not vote for him because we didn't approve of him. He had been raised both in Washington and on a tobacco farm in Tennessee. Tobacco is big business in Tennessee. Tobacco subsidized his ambitions.
But suddenly, when he was picked to run for vice president by Bill Clinton, he was crying on national television about his sister who had died from the lung cancer demon. He hated tobacco. So why was he still making money off it?
We watched his wife, Tipper, get a national makeover as well. We sort of liked Tipper. She had launched a campaign against smut in the music industry. She didn't want her children listening to obscene lyrics. So she invented a rating chart to be placed on album covers, much like movie ratings were posted in theaters. That way, parents would know if the content was child-friendly without the parents having to listen to every song.
But the day Al no longer liked tobacco, Tipper's smut meter died. The Gores bent to Clinton's desire for Hollywood money. Our conservative Democratic senator was unrecognizable. Even his past pro-life voting record was now out the door. What had happened to his principles?
Then we weren't too happy with his vice presidential record. We watched him pressure (among other shenanigans) the Immigration and Naturalization Service to leapfrog its procedures to legalize a million aliens in swing states in time to vote in the November 1996 general election. Allegedly, 30 percent of that million had criminal backgrounds. Afterward, Clinton massaged their pet Democratic issues to prompt them to the polls.
Tennessee doesn't think much of the Oscar-winning movie star version of Al Gore, either. For a global-warming alarmist, he leaves a rather large carbon footprint in Nashville. He justified his reckless consumption of energy in his 10,000-square-foot home by purchasing carbon offsets. Tennesseans think that is rather like a bridegroom vowing to buy his new bride jewelry every time he cheats on her. So is that a commitment or not?
Now, Tennessee has another candidate: Fred Thompson. Tennessee likes old Fred. His local version and national version are the same:pro Second Amendment, pro-life, pro-military, pro- small government, pro-strong borders. As a character actor, Fred is the real Hollywood insider, yet his principles haven't wavered. He hasn't even become a vegetarian.
Granted, he didn't become a senator until he was 52, and many of us don't flip-flop much after we are in our senior years. But growing up with yesteryear family values and attending college prior to the hippy era, I doubt Fred had much chance to be an anarchist during his adolescence. Plus, we saw Fred as a public figure as an assistant U.S. attorney, campaign manager for Sen. Howard Baker, co-chief counsel to the Watergate Committee and serving on several high-level committees.
On second look, Gore hasn't flip-flopped either. He has consistently done whatever was politically expedient at the time. He does have a core principle and he stays true to it: Get elected by any means necessary.
‘cause Algore was and is from Washington, DC, not TN.
Mitt Romney should have that tatooed on his forehead.
(Retired Border Patrol) All should read what the pros have to say about "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" then watch and listen to Ms.Clinton carefully.
I shut them up with the simple fact if Gore could not even carry his OWN state, Florida is really a moot point.
Thanks for that link.
Outstanding link. Thanks. America’s finest BUMP!
Mitt is the only one who can stop Rudy!
And a massive heart attack cures terminal cancer...
Great post and link, guys.
About 4 years ago I had to visit a remote Tennessee town that required me to pass through carthage, the publicized Gore hometown. I was dreading it. I didn’t want to see the “Home of Vice President Al gore” Crap.
To my absolute suprise there was none, nothing, nada. There is more AlGore signage in my county 250 miles away. It is a sign on I81 indicating Albert Gore Sr is father of the interstate system.
Tennesseans didn’t like Al in 2000; but Fred Thompson is a candidate they like
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Texans didn’t like Al in 2000; but Fred Thompson is a candidate they like
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It's one of many reasons to vote for Fred. :)
Everyone on the left coast needs to watch Fox News Sunday at 9am leftern standard time.
Fred kicked Chris Wallace’s ass!
Seems like the people who knew Gore best weren’t too impressed.
We caught the last few minutes of Fred with Chris Wallace! Will be looking for a full transcript and video. After a disappointing, yet not unexpected, outcome in the Iron Bowl, Fred's interview was refreshing!
“Seems like the people who knew Gore best werent too impressed.”
Ding, Ding, Ding ..... you got it! Used to be the congressman from my district. Saw a big difference in him from the late 70’s to his VP years, and not for the better.
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This brings up some questions about who the GOP candidate should be. No President has won the general election without winning their home state.
Why are Mitt and Ruddy being considered.. Does anyone think Mass or NY will go GOP in 2008?
In the last 40-50 years, what Presidential candidates have FAILED to win their own home state??
Even that perrenial loser Walter Mondale managed to deny Reagan Minnesota in 84!
This lines up perfectly with what relatives in Tennessee told me in 2000. One more aggressive relative always wanted to collar Al and ask him why he’d changed his views on abortion.
Same as Clinton. I can see going from pro-choice to pro-life. I've never met anyone other than a politician who goes the other way.