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November 18, 2002

Political Suicide Perhaps the smartest

Political Suicide

Perhaps the smartest political advisor is the one who suggested that Al Gore disappear for a while following the 2000 presidential election. It was a hard fought battle, a close election, and the public was tired of hearing from both of the candidates. Gore vanished from the spotlight and the irritation of him as a candidate was softened by this absence.

I voted for Gore in the election, not that I thought he would be the greatest of all presidents, but he ended up being my personal choice. The election became a mess and I was worried he would hang around, not admit defeat, and ruin whatever positive image people may have had of him. Thankfully, he did not. He accepted defeat and moved on, which at the time appeared to me as a smart maneuver, not hanging around to overstay his welcome.

After a year or so, he made his return, sporting a beard which gave him that Ernest Hemingway, accountant, Unabomber type of look. He didn’t have too much to say except to make some expected comments about the environment and the current administration’s handling of certain issues.

However, that appears to be changing. Gore has been in the spotlight more and more in the last couple of months, brought on due to the elections held earlier this month. I have no problem with Gore giving support to people seeking office, but all the comments I heard him say tended to deal with his losing the election two years earlier. He banged that drum in every speech I saw, and appeared to be a very bitter man who cannot let it go, a different attitude than what I thought I saw in 2000. Sure, he was disappointed, and should have been. You can’t invest that much time into something and not be upset when it doesn’t go your way, but I thought he had moved on………..apparently not.

Al Gore’s cancer, the 2000 election, appears to have simply been in remission, and is now flaring up again at full strength. As I said before, I voted for him 2 years ago, but that is unlikely to happen again if he continues to use this approach for another 2 years. I am hoping that a political advisor, or PR person will get to him and tell him to “STOP!!” If he continues to harp on his loss I believe it will be political suicide, and he will fail worse than he did before. If I hear one more speech with him bitching about his loss he can kiss my vote goodbye, and get the sword ready because he will be throwing his political self on it soon afterwards.

Change the approach, tell us what you can do for us, tell us why you still care about holding the highest office in the land, and tell us why we should vote for you NOW. Stop telling us how you were robbed before and how every vote counts because that horse died two years ago.

Posted by Woundwort at November 18, 2002 11:36 AM | TrackBack
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