January 16, 2006


Gore Is Sharply Critical of Bush Policy on Surveillance (VIKAS BAJAJ, 1/16/06, NY Times)

Former Vice President Al Gore said today that recent revelations that the Bush administration monitored domestic telephone conversations without obtaining warrants "virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently."

Though I personally find them trivial, I don't doubt that there's at least a heartfelt case to be made that wiretapping communications between Americans at home and terrorists abroad should be subject to some scruti ny outside the Executive branch. But to make that argument even somewhat compelling for the American people you'd need to couch it in the most dispassionate and nonpartisan way so as to seem to be above politics and concerned only for the strictest reading of the Constitution in order to err on the side of maximum protection of our liberties. The Democrats though, by trotting out the usual hacks, have made this seem just another in the long series of trivial issues where George Bush makes them foam at the mouth. Folks long ago stopped listening when they scream wolf, so even if the President is intent on ravaging their flock this time it's no longer possible to get a serious hearing for their concerns. (assuming, as we needn't, that their "concerns" are serious.)

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2006 10:20 PM

This is nothing more than tired, old cliches from tired, old Democratic hacks. Trotting out pathetic losers is the way to the future for these morons. I am waiting with bated breath to hear what Dukakis, Mondale, and Gephardt have to say. Instead of some new faces and new ideas, the face of the Dem party is Teddy Kenneddy, Howard Dean, Chuck Schumer, Al Gore and John Kerry.

BTW, anyone know what happened to his cable venture?

Posted by: sam at January 16, 2006 11:12 PM

And it makes some of those people who voted for him still glad he didn't win.

It also explains Tipper's problems.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 17, 2006 12:10 AM

Trying to maintain his own relevance, Gore sees the impeachment bandagon leaving the station and jumps on it, in some vahue hope that by being one of the first politicians to vocally come out and state what the MoveOn types have been saying for a year, that this will revive his political career.

Unfortunately for Al, he's still Al, and no matter what cutting edge remarks he comes up with, it's not going to suddenly turn him into the darling of those who not only hate Bush but are incensed by Hillary's triangulation. But there may not be any turning back now, and Gore could end up as his generation's Ramsey Clark; given a bit of respect from the usual media outlets because of his wild accusations, but eventually shunned and treated like a bad joke because he doesn't know when to quit.

Posted by: John at January 17, 2006 12:26 AM

John: He also jumped on the Dean for President bandwagon.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 17, 2006 2:52 AM

I hate to say it, but the Senate made the right call in not impeaching Bubba.

Posted by: Noel at January 17, 2006 9:01 AM

Noel, and thereby proving there is a God.

Posted by: erp at January 17, 2006 9:09 AM

'conclusions' cannot be 'compelled'.

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at January 17, 2006 10:13 AM

Sam, it was frozen.

Posted by: Genecis at January 17, 2006 11:55 AM

Isn't the real news here the fact that once Gore jumps on a bandwagon, the wheels come off? I think this is the marker by which we know that the issue has passed its expiration date.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 17, 2006 1:01 PM

Remember, the Democrats love and reward losers. I can hear the moonbats practicing their "Gore!Obama! 08!" chants even now.

Posted by: Dave W at January 17, 2006 11:46 PM

One of OJ's more thoughtful comments. The sad thing is, if you try to explain to a left-liberal the problems with crying wolf, they'll just dismiss you as a "right-winger."

Posted by: Tom at January 20, 2006 3:57 PM