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It was so obvious and at the time so heartbreaking - to me - to watch Gore run away from every progressive tradition and most especially from labor. He couldn't run fast enough. To this day I do not understand if he idiotically thought this a way to get elected or if it was more sinister than that.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -- Dr Johnson
by melvin (melvingladys at or near yahoo.com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2015 at 10:58:23 PM EST
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Gore didn't run away; he was never on board to begin with.  He's built all his "progressive" credibility on the softest target, climate change.  He's a modern Dixiecrat and a DLC neolib, which is the sort that runs the Democratic Party these days and has for over 30 years.  Don't forget, he carried the flag for NAFTA.
by rifek on Wed Apr 15th, 2015 at 04:14:00 PM EST
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Al Gore Joins Tea Party in Battle Against Utilities
If you're Al Gore, former Democratic vice-president and climate change activist, you blast Big Power for "using the atmosphere as their sewage infrastructure" to suck up carbon emissions and trying to shut down competition. The industry is waging a "war on solar," he told investors Monday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York City.

If you're Debbie Dooley, a national Tea Party activist who says state laws discriminate against residential solar, you tell the same audience that Americans want "energy freedom" and not "government-sanctioned monopolies" that tell consumers where they must buy power.

In back-to-back speeches, the political Odd Couple struck surprisingly similar tones on clean energy's future, even if Gore dwelled on renewables' role in avoiding catastrophic global warming while Dooley didn't use the words "climate change" at all, focusing on consumer choice.

by das monde on Wed Apr 15th, 2015 at 09:20:06 PM EST
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Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina was, I think, the last 'New Deal' Democrat in the Senate. Google Bill Moyers interview with him. Hollings complained about having to spend his vacations in California doing fund raisers: "There is just no money in South Carolina for  someone like me".

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 15th, 2015 at 04:50:07 PM EST
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