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Al Gore takes page from Nixon playbook
The Baltimore Sun ^ | 11-25-02 | Jules Witcover

Posted on 11/25/2002 4:59:41 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

WASHINGTON -- Once upon a time, there was a narrowly defeated presidential nominee who, after licking his wounds over a long period, sat down and examined why he had lost.

This former vice president decided he had done it wrong the first time around and vowed if he ran for president again he would profit from his mistakes. He would campaign in a different way, avoiding the errors that had denied him the White House.

So says Al Gore now as he masquerades his active re-entry into presidential politics as a book tour. And in so saying, he is merely emulating the late Richard Nixon, who put his losing 1960 campaign against John F. Kennedy under a microscope and crafted a winning strategy for 1968 that was diametrically opposite from the earlier one.

Mr. Gore, in effect, says that if he runs in 2004, he will eschew his cautionary approach of 2000 and say what he really thinks, regardless of the political consequences. The pitch is that the "real" Al Gore will then come shining through.

That, however, is hardly what Mr. Nixon did in his comeback of 1968. Rather, he took the opposite tack, switching from an undisciplined strategy in 1960 in which he foolishly pledged to campaign in every state and ran himself ragged racing up to Alaska in the closing days.

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1 posted on 11/25/2002 4:59:41 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Is anyone keeping up with the number of gore reinventions? He must be setting some kind of record!
2 posted on 11/25/2002 5:04:45 AM PST by BlessedAmerican
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What! He's hiring G. Gordon Liddy! LOL
3 posted on 11/25/2002 5:18:26 AM PST by Rodm
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To: Rodm
No Algore's hiring Bob Haldeman
4 posted on 11/25/2002 5:24:01 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Mr. Gore, in effect, says that if he runs in 2004, he will eschew his cautionary approach of 2000 and say what he really thinks, regardless of the political consequences. The pitch is that the "real" Al Gore will then come shining through.

Hey, Algore! Tell the American people what you really think -- more restrictive gun control, wacko enviromentalism, and higher taxes (especially for Tennessee).

5 posted on 11/25/2002 5:34:49 AM PST by AF68
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To: AF68
Amen. Let the Gorebatross run as an authentic tax and spend liberal. I'm sure the American people will be grateful for his complete honesty.
6 posted on 11/25/2002 5:36:34 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: BlessedAmerican
Is anyone keeping up with the number of gore reinventions? He must be setting some kind of record!

Nixon didn't run over and over. This is Gores third go. He is becoming the Democrats Lyndon LaRouche. Which works for me.

Gore does not have "it". Neither does his wacky wife. And she does matter. We can smirk at Hillary for that.

Oh, and the administration and Congress will be doing even more now to reduce voter fraud. That's has to hurt any Democrat.

7 posted on 11/25/2002 5:42:58 AM PST by isthisnickcool
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
After 8 long years I feel I've earned the right to laugh at Al Gore. Out loud.

Bwa hahahahahahahah!

8 posted on 11/25/2002 5:48:18 AM PST by IncPen
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Witcover omits the obvious: 1968 America looked nothing like she does now. What, will Gore run on a promise to end the "War on Terror"? Not likely. Also, Nixon was not running against an incumbent president, something Gore will be facing in '04. Lastly, if Gore runs on his ideology, he loses huge. The "accomplishments" of the Clinton/Gore administration were Republican initiatives; the American public is much more conservative than Gore.
9 posted on 11/25/2002 6:34:01 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Mr. Bird
Witcover omits the obvious: 1968 America looked nothing like she does now. What, will Gore run on a promise to end the "War on Terror"? Not likely. Also, Nixon was not running against an incumbent president, something Gore will be facing in '04. Lastly, if Gore runs on his ideology, he loses huge. The "accomplishments" of the Clinton/Gore administration were Republican initiatives; the American public is much more conservative than Gore.

Yep. Witcover (never heard of him before) just pulls a thing or two out of thin air and then constructs some absurd fiction. Read some of Witcover's other stuff here. You may need a barf bag on some of the items.

10 posted on 11/25/2002 7:10:41 AM PST by isthisnickcool
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Meanwhile, Gore's book continues to tank.....

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11 posted on 11/25/2002 7:14:30 AM PST by finnman69
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It's kinda like buying a car...you haggle with the salesperson for a price,then you go someplace else,get a better deal and come back only for them to match your new price,then you squeeze em for a bit more.

If Al is somebody different than before like he says he is,democrats have all been hoodwinked.He's not as he was proposed to be and democratic voters didn't get the real deal.Man I'd be pi$$ed if I were a democrat and there really is a great politician in that empty shell of what is parading around as Al Gore!

12 posted on 11/25/2002 7:24:30 AM PST by oust the louse
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
That was when he famously declared at his "last press conference" that the press would not "have Nixon to kick around anymore." I believe he actually said, "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore!"

I don't know why, but that strikes me as funny.

13 posted on 11/25/2002 7:30:51 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: Mr. Bird
Nixon also had the good luck to run against The Hube while the Dems had America embroiled in an unpopular war that they lacked the courage to win.
14 posted on 11/25/2002 7:34:50 AM PST by discostu
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
WASHINGTON -- Once upon a time, there was a narrowly defeated presidential nominee who, after licking his wounds over a long period, sat down and examined why he had lost.

Al, the reason you lost?

In one word....

TENNESSEE

15 posted on 11/25/2002 7:37:19 AM PST by Jimmyclyde
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Al Gore takes page from Nixon playbook

I am not a Crook!

16 posted on 11/25/2002 7:49:04 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Let's hope he eventually follows Nixon by telling the American voters that they "won't have Al Gore to kick around anymore!"
17 posted on 11/25/2002 7:54:33 AM PST by Destructor
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To: isthisnickcool
Are you kidding? Jules Witcover, along with David Broder and Teddy White, is one of the deans of political reporting and has been for about two generations.
18 posted on 11/25/2002 8:19:32 AM PST by mwl1
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To: discostu
Numerous commentators are saying Gore won't run until 2008. I disagree. Gore is running in 2004, and in fact he is already running. Gore cannot wait for 2008. PIAPS has dibs on 2008.
19 posted on 11/25/2002 8:20:54 AM PST by mwl1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
They got it a little backwards, Clinton is the one who emulated Nixon's second campaign.

Nixon won by adopting alot of the liberal issues of the day. He formed a strategy to win the war in Vietnam (which would have succeeded if Watergate had not intervened), he put the teeth into the civil rights bill, and he adopted much of the environmental legislation that is still plaguing us, today.

Nixon ran as a RINO. It is the same plan that Hillary has for her run on the presidency, as well. You can already see her moving more to the center on issues, and you know that like Nixon, she doesn't believe one word of what she is saying.
20 posted on 11/25/2002 8:27:56 AM PST by Eva
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To: mwl1
Gore has to run in 04 even though he'll get crushed, if he lies low until 08 his political career is over. Tennessee is too small a state for him to get good national coverage with a governor bid (ala Nixon in 62), he's gotta go for the whole enchilada as often as possible.

Hittlery is running into the problem of trying to be a senaotr with presidential asperations, the 6 year cycle. She's got to campaign for re-election in 06 or she faces the disappearance problem, goal #1 for her GOP challenger in 06 HAS to be to make her promise to serve her full term. That's terrific ammo to use against her in 08 and pushes her out to 12 which will hopefully be a re-election bid for some GOPer (actually it's worse for her if it's a re-election bid for a dem, though she could coattail the VP spot).
21 posted on 11/25/2002 8:35:12 AM PST by discostu
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