From Bout Time:
Here's what happened:
- Gore is not the person who won the presidency last election - his views have shifted against the obvious infection of American Democracy brought to
us via the Bushies. Hence, he is no more the apologist 'let's make peace through debate of ideas' politician that won the presidency last time &
had it stolen - he's gotten ballsy and knows that fire is the the way to combat the Bush disease.
- When the moderate Republicans have an epiphany & actually research Dean beyond the labels, they will find a moderate who worked for a Republican at
the start of his political career, a leader who actually cut taxes across the board, balanced his states budget in his first two years and repealed
all tax increases that were implemented to get to that balance. Though he's not on their platform, Libertarians will vote Dean, Progressives will
vote Dean, the Democratic old guard will vote Dean once they see that they can't derail him, and moderate Republicans will vote Dean, because he's
much more fiscally conservative than anything the Bush White House has offered up in 3.5 years.
Add to that that his campaign leading fund raising is coming in from the real people out there, not PACs or corporations, but at an average of about
$75, and you have an authentic populace ground swell.
I don't buy the "evil Calculations" theory of Gore/Sen.Clinton throwing the country to hell for another 4 years for their own political ambitions.
The political ambitions, after seeing both Gore/Clinton live, are back seat.
Besides, Clinton is a shoe in for a Cabinet post in a Dem White House, and Gore is a level of probability below that for some appointment.
Clinton knows the value of "Academic Credentials". She is extremely ambitious, and know the most expedient route to the White House is through the
well worn tracks. By looking at ATS as a demographic sampling, it's also obvious that America is not ready yet for a woman in the White House.
Hey Bout Time, you really hit the nail on the head in your analysis of Dean. As for this conservative (former) Republican, at the moment, my money's
on Dean taking the nomination. And this will be the first time I have EVER voted for a Democrat. Strange times we're living in.