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    Part of the problem seemed to be that the national press hated Gore...or at least amused themselves by acting like they hated Gore.

    As a result, Bush spin was passed along uncritically and Gore's people had a hell of a time getting any message across.

    To compound things, Bush (according to a news cameraman pal of mine that had spent time with both campaigns), aggressively courted the local TV media. This paid off in a lot of uncritical, fawning local market coverage. Gore's campaign, on the other hand, had a reputation among local news outlets, as being uninterested in local coverage and difficult to coordinate with. Bad tactic, especially when the national press and pundit corps were ripping him daily while giving Bush a pass.

    I think the reason people are more forgiving of Gore now is that they know more about what actually happened...in contrast to what the SCLM told them happened.  People were unexcited about Gore because the SCLM told them Gore was unexciting. People (even Gore's supporters) thought Gore was a liar because the SCLM told them that Gore was a liar.

    Rank and file Dems and independents have become much wiser and more cynical, and tougher. I think that many think, and hope, that Gore is too.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi

    by Sunporch on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:33:24 AM PDT

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