November 4, 2004


The Once and Future Hope? (Richard Cohen, November 4, 2004, Washington Post)

If you set out to create the perfect Democratic presidential candidate, you would probably choose someone from the South or the border states, since John Kerry lost virtually the entire region on Tuesday, and someone who is comfortable talking the language of religion and values, since John Kerry was not, and someone whose wife is identified with conventional values, and, last, someone who took a very early position against the war in Iraq, which John Kerry did not. Such a person already exists and, as luck would have it, has a name: Al Gore.

That didn't take long.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2004 3:28 PM

Why not? His other efforts at the Presidency have been so successful.

Posted by: Bart at November 4, 2004 3:40 PM

Shssh Bart, he got the most votes.

Posted by: h-man at November 4, 2004 4:14 PM

It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to churn out a sensible newspaper column once a week, but this fellow seems intent on proving it impossible.

Posted by: curt at November 4, 2004 4:14 PM

I don't know that Al Gore would have been all that poor a choice. He certainly would have been a better candidate than Kerry, Edwards, Clark, Dean etc.

Posted by: Brandon at November 4, 2004 4:40 PM

Brandon - Unfortunately, we'll never know. His performances on behalf of Dean and Kerry were always a treat.

Posted by: curt at November 4, 2004 4:48 PM

Gore has spent the better part of the last 4 years on the fast track to Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Posted by: Bart at November 4, 2004 4:49 PM

Gore has blown his credibility with a lot of people, but not the hard left.

Although we should remember that Richard Cohen wrote a very bitter anti-Gore column in early December 2000, excoriating him for extending the litigation over the election and concluding that Gore was not man enough for the office.

Is Kerry that much smaller?

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 4, 2004 10:14 PM

Could we be so lucky in 2008?

Posted by: jsmith at November 4, 2004 11:50 PM

Its all clinton's fault. he should have done the right thing. and resigned before being impeached in 1999, Gore would have run as an incumbent in 2000 and would have won. And probably as a War president incumbent in 2004.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 5, 2004 3:18 AM

I agree about 1999-2000. I'm not so sure Gore would have been re-elected.

Have you seen him lately? He's beginning to look like Michael Moore without the beard. And his rhetoric's starting to resemble Moore's too.

Posted by: at November 5, 2004 5:04 PM