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    Default I could vote for Al Gore

    He did an interview on CSpan-2 last night (with an actor named Harry Shearer), the subject primarily being his new book, "The Assault on Reason". His general thesis seemed to be along the lines that we are a nation founded on reason, and when we ignore reason and evidence, we make bad decisions--citing for example the war in Iraq and the non-response to global warming (he said this more eloquently than I can write it). How could over 50% of Americans believe that Sadaam was linked to 9-11? Well, that's kind of along the lines of what I've been thinking for years. I hoped he would also mention immigration in this regard but--no surprise--he didn't .

    Of course, he didn't defend Bush, but he didn't take any unnecessary shots either (exept maybe to mention Paul ONeill's claim that when he first met Bush about taking Treasury, Bush didn't ask him a single question in an hour).
    As for the invasion Iraq, he deftly acknowledged it was a Bush/Cheney deal but he didn't focus on that instead, saying, we were all responsible for it, in that no one stood up. When asked, Gore was able to articulate 4 reasons why he thought we invaded Iraq (he said 5, but only mentioned 4).

    Anyway, he came across as intelligent and thoughtful--and made a much better impression on me than I usually get from politicians at his level. This could be in part the format (where he was allowed to expound), than in the 2 minute soundbite format we usually see in the debates (which I find totally worthless). I wonder if other candidates (don't know if Gore is bucking for Presidency or not) would come off so well.

    Here's a different perspective on the book (I just skimmed do don't endorse or not): http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/bo...eea88b&ei=5087

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    Default Re: I could vote for Al Gore

    Gore is better off stuck in some academic tower, but even the academics know better.

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    Gore is a very smart man. But he really blew it in the 2000 election. It just amazes me that someone that smart could lose to G.W.Bush. In 2004, few wanted to see a rematch of Bush vs Gore, so Gore dropped out (knowing that). Unfortunately, the Dems put up Kerry which was a big disappointment. Unlike Gore, I can't say Kerry blew it, because Kerry just wasn't close to the ideal person for a presidential candidate (maybe he looked good on paper, but he is a lousy speaker and he was afraid to stand up and challenge Bush). I don't think Kerry is that intelligent (in comparison to other potential Democrat candidates) either. Considering the leading democrat hopefuls now, I'm pretty sure I would prefer Gore over any of them.

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    Kerry just wasn't close to the ideal person for a presidential candidate

    There was no ideal enough person in the whole country that would challenge Nazi-like fear of terror that Bush and company instilled in American voters.

    Do you remember terror alerts? Do you remember WMD threat? Do you remember portrayal of Iraq as a beacon of Middle Eastern Democracy? How could the President that instilled all these fallacies be replaced?

    These facts won the election for Bush.

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    "These facts won the election for Bush."

    Finally, admission.

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    Gore is a very smart man. But he really blew it in the 2000 election. It just amazes me that someone that smart could lose to G.W.Bush.

    Indeed. Bush has never been able to stand on his own two feet and talk at length about anything of substance. It's incredible that the American people elected him twice. It seems we elected a carefully manipulated and controlled image. Which gets back to Gore's argument about reason and evidence.

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