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  •  I'd even go so far as to say that (3+ / 0-)
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    Sybil Liberty, radarlady, Vetwife

    Gore cost himself the presidency by being too nice. As soon as Election Night was over and we entered the period of the recount, Bush's people started playing both the media and the Florida Board of Elections like violins. There were daily press releases referring to Bush as "President-Elect", and the sowing of confusion and intimidation in FL, culminating in the Brooks Brothers Riot.

    If I could tell that there was hanky-panky going on from 1500 miles away, just by being observant, I cannot believe that Gore and his people couldn't tell what was being done to them.

    So why didn't they fight back? Unprepared for the viciousness of the attack(which I will admit was clearly premeditiated)? Possibly at first, but they had more than two weeks to deal with it. These were not stupid people. Someone, whether Gore himself or his advisors, decided that they couldn't lower themselves to fight this fight on the same level that Bush's people were fighting it.

    Well, guess what? Politics ain't beanbag, and you don't win against a bunch of crooks by being more honorable than they are. You win by calling them out on every dirty trick they're pulling.

    Gore probably wouldn't have been a great president, but he'd have been light-years better than what we got instead. Except he was too much of a gentleman to fight for what was his by right.

    If I sound bitter, it's because I am. It didn't have to be this way.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 09:44:11 AM PDT

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    •  yes (3+ / 0-)
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      sidnora, radarlady, Vetwife

      a friend sobbed on my shoulder for 10 minutes in the movie theatre parking lot after seeing Farenheit 9-11.

      you know the scene... where Al Gore slammed the gavel down on his own presidency...and our future.

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 09:53:02 AM PDT

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      •  yep. (2+ / 0-)
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        radarlady, Vetwife

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 10:43:02 AM PDT

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