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  •  The Gore campaign wasn't so great, it is true ... (none)
    ... but ... the "alcoholic blue blood" that we all think of as such a lightweight is actually the representative of a highly powerful, well organized, and ruthless plutocracy.  Why do you think the media was so hostile to Gore?  

    I think Gore and his campaign staff over-estimated the intelligence of the American people, expecting us to see through the B.S. the GOP dished out, expecting that We the People would stick by the Dems, given that everything was going so well.  Didn't the economy speak for itself?  The balanced budget?  

    At the same time, they under-estimated the GOP attack machine and were more or less helpless to defend themselves against the whole blow-job fiasco.  

    I don't blame Gore for failing to gain entry to the WH.  We get the leaders we deserve (collectively).  

    May all beings be free from fear.

    by shakti on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 06:41:29 PM PDT

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    •  Oh Please, Not the Conspiracy (none)
      Al Gore, by his own free will ran away from Clinton and all his accomplishments.

      Can we please lose an election and blame ourselves rather than cry about this nasty goopers.

      Everybody talks about John Edwards' energy, intellect and charisma -- Bill Clinton

      by philgoblue on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 06:46:14 PM PDT

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    •  ..and one more thing .... (4.00)
      ... there is another point that I think many liberals miss.  Reich's recent article on governance versus politics (or whatever he called it) reminded me of something:  the Clinton/Gore administration was very good at governance.  This was their focus.  What was the GOP focusing on?  Politics.  Spin.  Manipulating/controlling the media.  Molding public perception.  Herding the sheep.  You see the difference?

      The GOP is excellent at gaining power, but lousy at actually governing.  The GOP knows how to slander the opponent, is great at making a buck, and is ruthlessly efficient at going in for the kill, but they are pretty incompetent when it actually comes to running the country.  

      So, we sit back and complain about the Kerry campaign or the Gore campaign, criticizing their inability to muster an effective counter-attack to the GOP, without considering that perhaps the Dem focus has been more on governing than spin and winning campaigns.  Bush-Cheney-Rove are great at flinging mud and lying and war profiteering and controlling the media message.  But they can't govern.  

      And I think the Dems keep thinking, "well, if we just keep governing well, people will notice and will vote for us."  But are We the People smart enough to notice?  

      May all beings be free from fear.

      by shakti on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 06:57:53 PM PDT

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      •  Idiocy (none)
        Maybe we should focus on winning campaigns.

        There is the truism:  You can't govern unless you can win elections.

        And we won't win if we re-run a proven loser.

        Everybody talks about John Edwards' energy, intellect and charisma -- Bill Clinton

        by philgoblue on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 05:45:43 AM PDT

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