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Thursday, October 13, 2005


He plans to keep on bitching about not being President. Al, it's okay, you're good enough, and smart enough, and doggone it, some people like you. They might even watch your cable channel (of course if AirAmerica is any indicator...have a backup plan.) You can let go now. Move on, maybe get some counseling and prozac. You'll be alright, I promise. There will be life after politics.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday he had no intention of ever running for president again, but he said the United States would be "a different country" if he had won the 2000 election, launching into a scathing attack of the Bush administration.

"I have absolutely no plans and no expectations of ever being a candidate again," Gore told reporters after giving a speech at an economic forum in Sweden.

When asked how the United States would have been different if he had become president, though, he had harsh criticism for Bush's policies.

"We would not have invaded a country that didn't attack us," he said, referring to Iraq. "We would not have taken money from the working families and given it to the most wealthy families."

"We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people," Gore said. "We would be a different country."

Gore did not elaborate. But last year, he blamed Bush administration policies for the inmate abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Mike Feldman, Gore's spokesman, did not immediately comment on Gore's remark when reached by phone in Washington.

Tracey Schmitt, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, called Gore's comments "fictitious rants that border on dangerous."

"To accuse Americans of participating in 'routine torture' is absurd and reveals that while Al Gore may no longer be a leader in his party, he still embodies the maniacal anger that guides Democrat leaders in Washington today," Schmitt wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press.


MenOfColor 10/13/2005 03:12:00 PM  

Hey, this is kind of fun! You should read Al Gore's speech on the feudalization of our media. www.talkingpointsmemo.com by Joshua Micah Marshall. If you did, you would see that Gore is intelligent, passionate, prescient and would have been an outstanding commander-in-chief unlike the dangerous, messianic moron that now occupies that house. But I'm a little confused - what give you the impression that Gore hasn't gotten over the theft of the 2000 presidency? He was merely dampening rumors that he may reemerge in the 2008 campaign as a serious contender.

Kevin 10/13/2005 03:26:00 PM  

I've never said he isn't intelligent. Truth be told though, I've never been able to stay awake through an Al Gore speech or column. He's better than Ambien.

Hmmm...maybe I just sense a little bitterness when he drones on, and on, and on, and on about how the world would be if he had been elected President. It's just my opinion of course, but I think he's having trouble letting go of the 2000 election.

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