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  •  Lieberman had two edges (0+ / 0-)

    he was a liability in most of the south, including Tennessee and the panhandle area of Florida, because he didn't accept "Jay-sus" as his "Lawd and Savior".  However, in the South of Florida, especially the east coast of the state, which held most of the votes needed to win FL, he was an asset.  

    Let's look at facts ... 1) before Joe's selection, the state was regarded as solidly for Bush, 2) after Joe's selection, Gore jumped into a lead in the state, 3) in the campaign's final days, Bush and Gore seesawed in statewide polls.  Also it is apparent that not all of the 3,607 votes that Pat Buchanan netted in Palm Beach County were meant for him (most of them were meant for Gore). In all the other 66 counties in the state, Buchanan got anywhere from 500-800 votes.  So, yes, Gore's choice of Lieberman did in fact make political sense at the time, no matter how you may dislike it.  

    You can argue that Gore should have selected Graham, who could have won the state and at the same time not alienated the other southern states because of the "Jay-sus" angle.  Gore was partially reacting to Bush's choice of Cheney, who was from the noncompetitive (solid red) state of Wyoming ... on paper, a dumb choice but the media made it out as inspired because its own way it was daring to ignore politics and pick s/o from a state that was in the bag anyway.  Gore chose someone from a similarly safe state so his choice didn't look more politically motivated than Bush's.  Now, "mean Greens" (such as you) may say Gore fell into a trap, but I do not.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 10:22:19 AM PDT

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