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To: Pat Bateman
I don't understand the reluctance -- or inability -- of the Democratic Party to flush Al Gore.

What are Gore's substantive achievements? Nearly every position he's ever held has been acquired for him by someone else, usually his father or Armand Hammer. Yes, he was the Vice President. But people didn't go to the polls to elect Gore VP; they went to elect Clinton President. (Yes, yes, I know I'm not supposed to dwell on that instance of national bad taste.) When Gore has put himself forward for national office, he's always lost.

So what does he bring to the table?

I can't find anything. He pledges fidelity to no fixed principles. His approach to issues and general policy is marked by an absolute opportunism, a determined testing of the winds before he'll speak on any subject. He's the ultimate "show me the way the people are headed and I will lead them" politician.

So why Al Gore? Why does anyone pay attention when he speaks? Why is he the probable nominee for President in 2004?

Possibly it's a "sacrificial-lamb" move, as was Adlai Stevenson in 1956 and Bob Dole in 1996. Or possibly, it's that Bill Clinton, for all his odiousness, is the Democrats' national high-water mark in the last fifty years, and Gore is their only hope for borrowing a few final crumbs of the Clintonian magic.

But for sure, it isn't for Al Gore's sake. It isn't because they're dreaming rapturously of an Al Gore Administration, or of all the innovations and bold adventures his tenure would bring. He's no one's crusader for justice. His agenda has one item on it: Al Gore.

If there are any Democrats out there -- small chance of that, I know -- you'd be well advised to drop this man. Better yet, silence him; he's making all of you look bad by association. The Democratic Party's fortunes are diminished by its tolerance of Gore's relentless campaign for its spotlight.

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Francis W. Porretto
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3 posted on 09/26/2002 4:25:36 AM PDT by fporretto
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To: fporretto
"...they went to elect Clinton President. (Yes, yes, I know I'm not supposed to dwell on that instance of national bad taste.)"

Only 42% of them with another 20% suckered in by the little lop-eared psycho from Dallas.

7 posted on 09/26/2002 8:16:25 AM PDT by Ditto
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To: fporretto
He pledges fidelity to no fixed principles. His approach to issues and general policy is marked by an absolute opportunism, a determined testing of the winds before he'll speak on any subject. He's the ultimate "show me the way the people are headed and I will lead them" politician.

This summarizes Gore perfectly. It also summarizes about 90% of the remainder of the Democrat party. Unfortunately, it is a summary of the psyche of American politicians in general, and given the general ignorance of the American people and the conditioned dynamic of 'feelings over reason' that domainate our national psyche, it is the path that most modern politicians see as the key to their own personal ambition of 'leading' ...

8 posted on 09/26/2002 9:27:31 AM PDT by spodefly
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