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  •  If he was such a lousy candidate, (0+ / 0-)

    then why was the election so close--and how did he come from so far back in the polls to make it that way?

    I would argue that there is no reasonable basis to conclude that Tennessee was winnable by any Dem in 2000 not named Bill Clinton, since none of them had done that in so long. Bonus: elections since then have gone further to prove my assertion, not yours.

    I don't know why you folks are so determined to declare Gore a terrible campaigner. (More bonus: no Democrat has ever won election following another Dem since the Civil War.) What exactly should he have done that he didn't do that can be demonstrably shown to have made a difference? Face it, there is no way to prove that counterfactual. Gore won all the states that were within 3% margin of victory (if you include Florida as a win, of course) except for New Hampshire. Instead of fighting over Tennessee, why shouldn't we talk about New Hampshire instead? Tennessee was shifting red, after all, and it is much more plausible for me to imagine Gore appealing to NH voters rather than Tennesseans regardless of where he was born or had served.

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    by bryduck on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:40:23 AM PDT

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    •  Ummm....he was running against George W. Bush (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think there's anyone who claims that W was as formidable as, say, Ronald Reagan or even Richard Nixon.

      Part of being a good candidate is running a good election strategy.  Gore decided to focus on relatively few states, including the safe states of California and New York.

      One third of his electoral votes came from those 2 states, as did about 500% of his popular majority.  In other words, he fare poorly in the rest of the country, winnning 18 other states to Bush's 30.

      Gore also ran away from his record and away from Bill Clinton.  That may have seemed smart at the time, but, when you are an incumbent(ish), how to do you tout your qualifications while running away from what you've been doing for the last 8 years? If nothing else -- may Clinton could have helped him carry Tennesee. And thereby win the election.

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      by dinotrac on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 12:04:38 PM PDT

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      •  John Kerry did worse. (0+ / 0-)

        But I guess you'll simply say that Kerry ran a worse campaign, so we're back at square one. You can't prove that Gore's strategy was worse than anything else he might have done; you can only assert it and claim that is proof.
        Would Gore have done better if he had embraced Clinton? Again, an unprovable assertion, but don't you think he would have turned off everybody who hated Clinton--not an inconsiderable number of people, by the way--by doing so, perhaps making any gains moot? We have no idea, and never will.
        W was a jerk, but he was an unknown jerk; lots of people voted for him because he seemed like an amiable dunce who could do no harm. At the same time, every single media outlet in the US was shouting from the rooftops how evil, out-of-touch, egomaniacal, shrill, and elitist Gore was. I think it is actually amazing he did as well as he did, given that unprecedented (in scope, if not mendacity and tenor as well) onslaught.

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        by bryduck on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:20:42 PM PDT

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        •  Kerry was no great shakes, but he was in a (0+ / 0-)

          different position -- he was running against an incumbent President and he wasn't  Vice President.

          That said, do you really think Kerry ran a great campaign?

          I think Gore was worse, squandering whatever benefit he might have gained from the accomplishments of the Clinton years -- and those included a very good economy and a balanced budget.

          Also -- Gore is known to be quite engaging with a nice sense of humor. You wouldn't have know it from his campaign.  In that regard, you have to consider his performance dismal.  He ran from his accomplishments and failed to show  his most appealing side.

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          by dinotrac on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 06:09:34 PM PDT

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