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November 18, 2002

Contemplating Gore 2004

Gore came out for single payer health care.
He's against the Iraq war.
He's been campaigning for civil liberties.
He's been speaking out for labor rights.

Damn-- it's getting to the scary point that he may have the best platform of serious candidates in the 2004 election. And I have to admire someone who, even if he was cynical about it, was smart enough to jag left before this year's legislative debacle.

And for all the polls showing a supposed Bush blowout, 56% to 41% Bush advantage in a recent CNN Gallup poll, it's worth remembering that Bush had a 54% to 40% advantage over Gore in July 2000 just before the Democratic convention.

I've been pretty clear that I think Bush will be toast in 2004, but I've had an asterisk in my mind of -- as long as Gore isn't the nominee. I'm almost ready to remove the asterisk.

I saw the clip from Letterman and he was actually funny and loose-- a trait everyone claimed he had in private but was never shown on the campaign trail in 2000.

And Gore may end up getting the lion's share of labor support again. Kerry voted for fast track, which is going to lose a lot of labor support, while Edwards is suddenly jagging to the right in supporting an austerity budget. So Gore may get more grassroots support than most people (including myself) were originally betting on.

So pull out those "Reelect Gore" signs. They may actually get used.

Update: Right after finishing this post, I went over to Tapped and saw this post about Gore and a positive profile in the Washington Post Magazine, so positive it apparently is converting Nader voters over to Gore.

And why not, with a laugh line like this from Gore:

Speaking of the 2000 election, one of his favorite stand-up lines is to say, "You win some, you lose some, and then there's that little-known third category."

Posted by Nathan at November 18, 2002 06:22 PM

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You left out his speech about the FCC and the importance of a free press to our democracy.

It's true, Gore really does seem to have come through the cauldron and become the candidate I always wished for. I can't believe I'm saying this about him, but I really want that man in the White House - and not just because of Bush, or Florida, or anything else other than that I think he'd make a neat president.

By the way, do you have a URL for that Letterman clip? I'd like to see it, too.

Posted by: Avedon at November 19, 2002 11:10 PM

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