No Gore In 2004
No Gore In 2004: Last week, I told everyone not to buy the hype because Al Gore was going to be running in 2004. Well, I was utterly, completely, wrong….
“I’ve decided that I will not be a candidate for president in 2004,” Gore told Lesley Stahl. “I personally have the energy and drive and ambition to make another campaign, but I don’t think that it’s the right thing for me to do.
“I want to contribute to ending the current administration. I think the current policies have to be changed. I think that my best way of contributing to that result may not be as a candidate this time around.”
Right up until the moment Gore announced his decision, I would have bet anybody $20 that he was going to be in the race. That’s not only because Gore was the front runner, but because this is probably going to be Gore’s last go round for the Presidency. In 2008 the motivation for the Democratic base to give Gore another chance to avenge his loss in 2000 against Bush will be gone. By then Gore will be viewed as a boring loser who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a race he should have won in 2000. Think of how Dukakis and Mondale are viewed today — that’ll be Gore in 2008. So why isn’t Gore running? I can only assume that after Gore’s tough loss in 2000, he just doesn’t have the heart to go through another grinding two year long campaign now that he’ll be the underdog instead of the favorite. See ya later Al — I can’t say that I’m sorry to see you go…
***Update***: Just for entertainment value — here are a few reactions to Gore’s announcement from our friends at the Democratic Underground. All of these posts are from threads about Gore throwing in the towel…
Jim Sagle:…We already know the Bush/Nixon/Kissinger/Scalia gang will stop at nothing: killing JFK, sabotaging Vietnam peace talks, making phony estimates of Soviet military power, stopping a vote recount via a riot by paid Republican staffers, stopping a vote recount via a blatantly crooked Supreme Court decision, letting 9-11 happen on purpose, and killing a couple Democratic Senators in plane crashes and sending anthrax to a couple more.
So why wouldn’t they just tell Gore to shut up and sit down or be killed along with his family?
Maybe that explains the bad timing (smothering the Lott meltdown). Maybe they not only told him to quit, they told him WHEN to quit.”
maveric: We may have resort to violence! Yes I said it. We dems/liberals and our “peaceful agendas” have done nothing for us the past few elections. These nazis are out for blood!! And they will lie, steal and even KILL!! They’ve done it before and they will do it again if there is no active RESISTANCE! They stole the country from the people. The people MUST TAKE IT BACK! Yeah I’m pissed and nuts! And I am ready to lay down my life so my kids and grandkids will be able to live in freedom. Go ahead and f*cking flame me or lock this thread!
Gayle: …WE CAN ALL SUPPORT ANY CANDIDATE WE WANT, BUT OUR CANDIDATE WILL NOT BE ELECTED UNLESS THE REPUBLICANS WANT THEM ELECTED. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL OUR COUNTRY. THEY HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OF OUR VOTING SYSTEM AND OUR VOTING MACHINES. THEY HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OF OUR COURTS. THEY HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OF OUR MEDIA. THEY COMPLETELY CONTROL THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE IN A COMPLETE DICTATORSHIP…”