Why Did Al ('Angry Populist') Gore Fail?

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  1. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    There was an editorial in the WSJ on Friday entitled, "McCain's Scapegoat" lambasting McCain over his string of reactions to the current economic crisis, characterizing the responses as "false", "unfair", and "un-Presidential". The editorial ended, however, with the following interesting criticism:
    Not being one to have dwelled on Gore's failure being anything other than "Grand Theft America", it was useful to revisit some post-analysis on how the election even got as close as it did. Slate.com seemed to have an angle on the "Angry Populist".
    http://www.slate.com/id/2069005/
    Sounds a bit like Obama's "shared prosperity" message, although with the divisiveness currently at play in the election, the Democratic message is teetering farther from obstruction towards wholesale, unrepentant blame. Occassionally Obama brings back his "not red states, or blue states, but United States" rhetoric, but in the closing days of the campaign, there seems to be little room for being gracious and little appetite for a game of softball politics.

    Question left, I guess... is why (other than the obvious) did Gore's campaign do so poorly given the great state the economy was in at the end of the Clinton administration? Was it his "angry populist" message that rang false and of some kind of bogus socialist agenda? Are there any lessons the Democrats are failing to learn? Will the third time be the charm, or will Obama's campaign be just one more in a string of failed attempts by Democrats to win back the White House?

    ~ CB
     
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    Gore failed because

    • the Republicans has created such chaos over the Lewinsky thing (not to mention tons of assorted imaginary Clintonian infractions) that the people were just tired of the whole thing;
    • the Republicans succeeded in unfairly smearing Gore as a "serial exaggerator";
    • Gore actually came to the populist role too late in his campaign;
    • Gore had a reputation (some of it deserved, some of it not) for being stiff and aloof;
    • the Republicans succeeded in portraying Bush as a "compassionate conservative" (hee hee) and as a take-charge guy (bwah-ha-ha-ha!)
    And I've already stated my belief that Obama will win this election.
     
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    Gore lost because quite frankly, he was boring and people had forgotten just how horrible Bush Sr was. Clinton pretty much had dug Gore's grave with Lewinsky, Waco and Somalia.
     
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    I hope this doesn't mean we have this to look forward to in eight years. :eek::eek:
     
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    At least he's cute. ;)
     
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    Agreed. That's one pair of conservative eyes I wouldn't mind in my bedroom, as long as the rest of his body came with them. ;)
     
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    Gore may have beaten himself with his angry message in 2000 and far from Clintonesque personality. But he certainly redeemed himself, and then some with his movie, oscars, Nobel, and overall crossover message of global responsibility which won over people from every point of view.

    This may sound weird, but I think Gore actually did God's will and was the messenger of showing the world that the human race had to be accountable for polluting the atmosphere. When Gore said it was not about a political message but a moral one, most people got it. Anybody else, at any other time in recent history talking about a moral message would have been deemed a religious nutcase. Nobody accused Gore of being a nutcase after his movie and the only nutcases are the ones who think that there is no global warming.
     
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    Yes, he won Florida in reality, but legally, the Supreme Court had the power, and right to stop the count where it was, which at that point gave George Bush the state. Mistakes, even from the Supreme Court, are made, and this one will go down in history as one of their worst moves.

    If our legal system allowed for any other alternative, I am convinced a full and careful recount of Florida would have shown a victory for Gore, but the legal changes barring the Supreme Court from intervening would have to have been passed by the House of Representatives before that election.

    The law is not always fair, and maybe not even close to fair by some accounts, but it really failed us all in 2000. Remember that non only democrats suffered under a horrendous president, but republicans also suffered from this falsified war, terrible economy, and inept administration.

    What the country needs to do now is to heal and get back to its glory days of most of the 90s and a good portion of the 80s which were largely propelled by at least some key bipartisanship.

    A truly divided country, like what happened in the GW Bush years, did not help anybody and it was like one mass suicide for our place among civilized nations.
     

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