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I'm beginning to wonder if Gore has a death wish. Not only does he lose against Shrub - narrowly, but in a way that could have been avoided with a little more fire - but he also sets himself up as the perfect eco-candidate. And then refuses to run.

It's very odd behaviour. I'm sure there's a reason for it - there are always reasons - but it's still  very strange for a politician to behave like this.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Oct 15th, 2007 at 11:34:34 AM EST
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It's Oedipal. One of my friends criticised Gore back in 1996 on the grounds that he had been raised to be President.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 15th, 2007 at 11:43:48 AM EST
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I like him much better now.


by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Oct 15th, 2007 at 11:44:26 AM EST
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Another interpretation would be:

He won against Bush and the SCOTUS gave it to Bush anyway.

And he refuses to run because he knows the system is rigged.

I'm not sure one has to get into too much psychology here.  I've never heard anyone say, "If I were Gore, I would want to run again.  What strange behavoir that he doesn't want to."  

In fact, if he were to run, it would be a truly fearless (like going back to the scene of the crime where you were raped), selfless (he doesn't have to do this for himself), almost kamikaze act (he knows he's going in front of the firing squad and doesn't have a track record of surviving that) - which would be very curious behavior for a politician.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Mon Oct 15th, 2007 at 12:17:31 PM EST
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But he should have won easily, and he didn't. Some of that was because of the machinations of the Right Wing Noise machine. But there was a feeling around at the time that Bush and Gore were more or less identical and it didn't matter who you voted for - so you might as well vote for a change.

So it was his election to lose, and he lost it. The mad-eyed Clinton haters were never enough of a constituency to swing the result on their own. It was the Independents and even some of the Dems whom he failed to reach, and what should never have been a contentious result suddenly turned into a farce.

And now it's not so much about dithering, it's about being seen to dither. He's hinting, he's being coy, he's saying he won't and then suggesting he will.

I'm sure he's a good person for the job, but a little more decisiveness at this point might not be a bad thing.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Oct 15th, 2007 at 04:25:20 PM EST
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