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November 21, 2002

"New Gore" on a Roll

Now Gore's gone and done it. He's told the truth about Bush's "war on terrorism:

"Now the warlords are back in control, the Taliban is back in the country and for a variety of reasons al-Qaida is back at full strength and Osama is back making his threats against the U.S.
And heck he has my basic take that the Presidency is the Dems for the taking in 2004:
whoever the Democratic nominee turns out to be will have an excellent chance in 2004 simply because the Bush-Cheney economic plan has been a catastrophic failure. By 2004, the economic consequences of this plan, now that they've got both the House and the Senate and they're unlikely to change their blueprint, I don't think it has a chance in the world of working, unfortunately.
And he may even be honestly asking the question his potential supporters are asking:
"It's not just about me, it's about how I can best serve my country, whether I would be the best candidate for Democrats to put forward against Bush," Gore said. Gore acknowledged he has plenty of work to do winning over Democrats who remain skeptical after his loss to Bush.
Someone who can be self-reflective on his past failings while kicking the hell out of Bush at the same time-- I'm telling you, I'm liking the "New Gore."

Posted by Nathan at November 21, 2002 06:03 PM

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Gore is saying some things that need to be said. No one doubts his intelligence or his ability to be a good president. He hasn't been a good communicator. That could be changing. If he presents himself with a certain gusto he'll win people over; voters admire a fighter.

Posted by: Richard P. at November 22, 2002 03:58 PM

You are liking the New Gore? Don't get too fond of him. "New Gores" are something like street cars - there will be another one along in a minute.

Posted by: Tom Maguire at November 22, 2002 04:10 PM

"You are liking the New Gore? Don't get too fond of him. "New Gores" are something like street cars - there will be another one along in a minute."

RNC talking point 1.01. It was a lie the first time they blast faxed it, it was a lie the 1000th time, and doubtless we will be seeing it from now to November 2004.

Posted by: John Casey at November 22, 2002 11:55 PM

Or as Bill Greider notes in the Nation, "possibly this is actually the
the "old" Al Gore we used to know in his political youth and Earth in the Balance days--slightly nerdy but admirably intense, willing to champion the new, untested policy idea."

Back in 1988, when he first ran for President, I developed my disdain for Gore because he acted far more conservative than I knew he was from his history and record. I think the reason he comes off funnier and more genuine now is that he isn't having to watch his words to match his supposed packaged moderation.

One reason people don't trust stiff robotic speakers is because it can betray someone saying something they don't full believe. So if Gore looks comfortable saying the "new Gore" stuff, it's probably because it's closer to his real views.

Posted by: Nathan Newman at November 23, 2002 09:29 AM

New Gore, Old Gore, whatever he says, the Brown shirts will be attacking him or any other Democrat who deigns to run and using the same old cliches. I realized that watching Gore recently, I was looking at him as a loser and with some of the prejudices that seep in from the right even when you are on the other side.

But when I listened to what he was saying, I realized he was making the broad outlines of a policy I could support. He wasn't just reacting to and opposing Bush policies. He was really criticizing Bush and suggesting alternatives. This is something the Dems have not been able to do.

I think that the Dems will try to sabotage him because of the number of them who want to run themselves. But whoever runs will have to run the gauntlet of organized right wing propagandists. They will face an orchestated, personal attack. So what he is talking about is a great starting point to open the debate that Daschle and Gephart thought they were going to do by giving Bush the green light on the war with Iraq.

Whether he is the candidate or not, I think people should follow his lead and counter the propaganda. Phrases like Universal Healthcare are anathema to the right and can quickly become demonized and unrepeatable. So is suggesting that the tax cuts be revamped.

We need to seize back the language and Gore has put the case simply and effectively.

Posted by: Hobson at November 23, 2002 11:48 AM

Why is it that when Gore reassesses or evolves, he is a New Gore, but when Bush reassesses or evolves, he's the same stolid dude?

Consider these evolutions:

* from Yalie to Texan
* from boozer to sober
* from wildcatter to politician
* from "enforcer" for his dad to "compassionate conservative"
* from baseball guy to governor
* from business partner of the bin Laden family to hunter of Osama bin Laden
* from "privileged son" to "self-made man"
* from follower of Jesus to #1 US executioner
* from corporate hood ornament to "reformer with results"
* from "son of The Pioneers" to exemplar of self-reliance
* from unilateralist to multilateralist
* from hater of nation-building to Afghan Caesar
* from Star Wars enthusiast to post-September 11
* from "dead or alive" to whatsisname?

Point: Bush transforms like a chameleon, and that's OK. Gore gets a haircut, and it's a character flaw.

Sump'n wrong there.

Posted by: Mike Finley at November 23, 2002 09:57 PM

New Gore? Wishful thinking. Al Gore is a packaged candidate with a short shelf life.

For those thinking we'll see the "Real Gore" in 04, I got news for you: We saw the Real Gore in `00. A clumsy souless automoton.

Posted by: outback at November 25, 2002 01:47 PM

Bush is definitely the prime example of a packaged candidate. The GOP is all about packaging. Take Homeland Security, for example. The Demo's proposed it and Bush co-opted it, but not only that, turned it around to make a giant new bureaucracy with sweeping new powers and, of course, a vehicle to help those favored GOP contributors and even do so at the expense of unionized federal employees that they want to throw out on the street. Another Bush evolution: from conservative free-trader to extreme protectionist on steel tariffs. Talk about no soul (and no principle), how about that bald-faced electoral vote grab? Maybe I should take that back about principle. I guess Bush does have one, going by his actions. It's "campaigning comes first." I'm still in amazement at how he could set records for traveling around fund-raising and campaigning in October and November while Iraq is supposed to be such an imminent threat and the FBI keeps issuing more and more warnings about terrorism. Amen to Al Gore raising questions about forgetting the war against terrorism in favor of adventure in Iraq. Which other Demo's besides Sen. Byrd are even speaking out on this? As a regular citizen, you bet I'm concerned. Does the GOP really give a hoot about my security or do they just want to go on a power trip?

Posted by: Richard P. at November 25, 2002 03:12 PM

New Gore, Old Gore.. who cares.. they are all very very boring. I don't remember the history talking about "The New Roosevelt" or the "New Eisenhower" - face it, this guy has self-image problems.

At least we can steal one of the Democratic buzzwords, talking about Al's annexing of the health care system - "risky". Everytime Al talks about George's risky privatization scheme, we can shoot back about his risky health care socialization. Then we can sit around the bar and all drink every time that word pops up...

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