Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

November 11, 2003

by V

Gore v. Bush

I was never much of an Al Gore fan.

I was unimpressed by him as a vice president, and I didn't like him at all as a presidential candidate. In 2000 I gave money to Bradley, then McCain, but never Gore (though in the end I of course voted for him over Bush).

I thought he did a foolish thing by disappearing from the discourse for a couple of years after the tied election; I felt he was giving up his chance to affect what was happening.

Well, both Al and I have changed a bit in the last couple of years.

J and I were in DC Sunday and attended his speech. It was, in a word, magnificent. In tone, in substance, in its use of historical context, and in its setting. If you weren't there, if you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to watch it (or at least read the transcript).

I would pull-quote pieces of it, but I would want to grab about a third. Just check it out.

And I think I better understand his initial withdrawal from the public eye: since Gore appearances are so rare, each gets more attention. And since they're spaced far apart, he has the time to craft speeches like this one which pull together many threads into a rock-solid, damning critique of the Bush administration.

Posted by V at November 11, 2003 12:17 PM

I second that 'bravo', V, though I had to settle for watching Gore on C-Span, and re-reading the transcript later, provided by the good people at MoveOn.org. Believe your analysis is correct -- that we see these speeches rarely for a reason, and ultimately, it's probably for the better.

Wonder if we'll hear from the former VP before the nomination? Surely he'll be delivering a speech at the Dem. Convention in Boston in a few months.

Everyone should read this speech (my mother is a librarian -- I have strong feelings on the Patriot Act). Thanks for posting it.

Posted by: Benjamin at November 11, 2003 03:26 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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