Sunday, October 14, 2007

Draft Gore!: Uh... let's not and say we did

After the nobel prize win last week, the draft Al Gore movement is in full effect once again, and once again, I just don't get it. I mean, I understand he has raised awareness of global warming and spoken out against the war in recent years, both of which should be commended.
But looking at rest of his history:

* Strongly promoting NAFTA for the Clinton administration, which has and continues to have disastrous consequences for the environment as well as labor rights throughout North America

* His wife's hobby is censorship. (By the way, apparently Tipper Gore's awakening to the need for censorship was hearing her daughter play "Darling Nikki" by Prince. Seriously, if Prince wasn't enough of a badass, he can legitimately claim that his song singlehandedly caused music censorship!)

* He was a holier-than thou asshole during the 2000 campaign, opting to distance himself from Clinton because his advisers thought it would be damaging to be seen with a president with a 60-some percent approval rating.

* His running mate: Joe Lieberman, who is such a champion of progressive causes that he was forced to leave the democratic party.

* HE LOST TO GEORGE W. BUSH! Well, I mean he didn't lose, but the fact that it was that close is downright criminal! Granted, he didn't lose to the 2007-warmongering-nutjob W that we see today. No, he only lost to the Ex-coke-head-execution-happy-governor that was 2000 George W. Bush. Granted the 2008 field of republicans doesn't look much better, but I wouldn't even trust this guy to even carry his own state. Oh wait, Nevermind.

Look, I could see if some people supported him just to right the wrongs of 2000, but his fanatical support at generally very progressive and plugged-in places like dailykos that truly boggles my mind. I mean even if I liked his politics more, who in their right mind would trust him to win? Would we nominate Kerry again? Of course not! So why Gore? This is definitely one of those things where the more I think about it, the less I understand it.

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