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To: Pokey78

Al Gore turns out to be one of those really creepy sort of politicians, the kind that want high office so they can be somebody, as opposed to someone who has a vision or idea of what they would like to do.

We know this because while Gore pursues high office, his positions about what to do seem to vary with the wind.

How can anyone reconcile what Gore said yesterday with this, which is the same Gore, but in a different election cycle. The problem with electing a man like that to any office is that one can never be certain which Gore would show up on any given day.

For a guy who claims to have invented the Internet, Gore is surprisingly blind to the ways in which this technology changes politics. Clinton is probably the last of his species, the media-powered liar who could tell the public X today and Y tomorrow, and except for a few opposition newspaper columnists off in the corner screaming about it, never get called on it.

Gore's comments to the BBC in June of 2000 have not vanished into the ether, and no one has to run down to the library and fiddle with microfilm spools to find out what he said. Like every other fact in the Universe, Gore's previous positions are now one click away from any other fact about him.

Gore cannot play politics the way Clinton did. He cannot be "committed to the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein" in one election, and totally opposed in the next. Not if he wants to be taken seriously. If he tries, as he has done here, he will be exposed as an opportunistic liar. Since no one can tell whether he was lying then or is lying now, no one should -- or will -- trust him to hold either position. He'll say anything that he thinks will give him an advantage right now. He watched Clinton do this successfully through most of the Clinton presidency. But even for Clinton, by 1998 or so the Internet was already making an impact on Clinton's ability to tell the Big Lies.

Gore seems to have totally missed what this means. The era of the media-powered blow-dried empty suit is pretty much over in politics. People with basic principles, whether on the left or the right, are reasonably safe in this new environment, but the guy whose act was always to say 'the right thing for right now' -- figuring no one will remember what he said yesterday -- is in a world of hurt.

The technology of politics has passed Albert Gore Junior by, and he doesn't seem to have noticed. He's still out there telling us what he thinks we want to hear, but now it's too easy to see that's all he ever does. He doesn't mean anything by what he says, he's just making noises with his mouth, hoping to tap into the public passions of the moment. He stands for nothing, except wanting to be the Chief that people Hail to.

His is not a type that ever should have been elected to high office. He's a little man, with little ambitions and little thoughts, mostly about himself. Good riddance to him, and to his type.


5 posted on 09/24/2002 11:08:35 PM PDT by Nick Danger
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To: Nick Danger; Angelique; tame; Alamo-Girl; backhoe; Hugh Akston; Ragtime Cowgirl; LarryLied; ...
Ker-PING! This is the stuff FR is made of. Great post, Nick. [Ping list, please see post #5 above. Gore committed political suicide at Beserkley ... seems fitting, don'tcha think?]
10 posted on 09/24/2002 11:22:28 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Nick Danger
KUDOS! Nick, you nailed it. 30 ft., all net!
13 posted on 09/24/2002 11:55:08 PM PDT by jslade
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Excellent essay, Nick, which I am nominating for Essay of the Week!
14 posted on 09/25/2002 2:11:55 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Nick Danger
Great post, but what is truly baffling to me is this:

He's still out there telling us what he thinks we want to hear

It's hard to understand why he thinks what he said yesterday is really what we want to hear. A truly dangerous combination: someone who will shift with the winds to say what he thinks we want to hear, but who at the same time has no idea what we really want to hear!

16 posted on 09/25/2002 4:12:20 AM PDT by benjaminthomas
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To: Nick Danger
Good post, and you are correct. Even yesterday, Brit Hume twice ran Gores comments now with his comments supporting Bush41 back in 1991. The only problem is that liberals will not admit this even when pushed in their faces.
17 posted on 09/25/2002 4:26:52 AM PDT by 7thson
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To: Nick Danger
Excellent summary!
18 posted on 09/25/2002 4:30:23 AM PDT by PogySailor
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To: Nick Danger
"His is not a type that ever should have been elected to high office. He's a little man, with little ambitions and little thoughts, mostly about himself. Good riddance to him, and to his type. "

Exactly why I voted for him. The harm he would have done to the democrat party in particular, and to the liberal cause in general, would have been enormous.

19 posted on 09/25/2002 5:58:44 AM PDT by Uncle Sham
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Excellent analysis/commentary on post #5 regarding the real algore!
Thanks, Nick !!



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.
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20 posted on 09/25/2002 6:02:17 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Nick Danger
The era of the media-powered blow-dried empty suit is pretty much over in politics.

I was with ya up to that sentence. <|:)~


28 posted on 09/25/2002 9:31:37 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: Nick Danger
The technology of politics has passed Albert Gore Junior by, and he doesn't seem to have noticed. He's still out there telling us what he thinks we want to hear, but now it's too easy to see that's all he ever does.

This is a really good point you make. I think it speaks to how Gore (and Daschle and others) are now getting caught in their lies - It is just too darn easy to catch them with the technology that is out there for recall of past statements.

The liberal media used to be the only ones that could pull this stuff up easily. Now we have the tremendous resources (that Owl wishes he never invented) catching these fakes.

BTW, there is a poll on Gore that needs to be FReep.

Did Gore act properly in criticizing Bush's policy on Iraq?
-Yes. It was proper. It needed to be said. Gore had the courage to say it. 74%
- No. It was not proper. Gore put his political ambitions ahead of the country. 26%

Poll Link Here

38 posted on 09/26/2002 6:05:02 AM PDT by BJungNan
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