February 11, 2004


Ex-Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi is blaming Deanís doom on the Gore Effect:

He pinned the campaign's downturn largely on former Vice President Al Gore's endorsement, which, he said, sparked a torrent of media scrutiny and attacks from rival candidates.

Or perhaps it was simply that Gore endorsed him. As Sullivan says: "Gore is always a very good indicator of where the country isn't."

Posted by Tim Blair at February 11, 2004 10:38 AM

This is so true, I blogged on this yesterday....Gore the personification of bad political karma. His mindless rant the other day about Bush was frankly, Deanesque. Al has to redefine himself away from politics. Not sure he's up to the task however.

Posted by: Tim Blair at February 11, 2004 at 11:57 AM

I don't think that's true. He did get the popular vote in the last election. Also, the vast majority of people don't pay any attention to nominations.

Gore sucks and his a wishy washy twit though.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 12:03 PM

On Gore, me-too Blair writes: 'Last month he talks about global warming on one of the coldest days in recent memory in the Northeast.'

Note to opportunistic lefty wannabe politicians: only raise global warming on hot days. Or folks just won't get your message.

Posted by: ilibcc at February 11, 2004 at 12:11 PM

I'm just surprised he got through an entire speech without saying "lock box."

Posted by: Jerry at February 11, 2004 at 12:18 PM

I understood that were serious doubts about the Dem votes in certain states. Like the ALP here downunder, I beleive the Dems are good at getting the "late" voters, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Toryhere at February 11, 2004 at 12:51 PM

You're being as pathetic as the stoners, hippies, malcontents and dead beats who think Bush stole the election.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 12:55 PM

Howard Dean needs to realize that one thing caused his campaign to falter...Howard Dean. It doesn't matter who endorses you. If your message and style annoy and/or frighten the voters, you won't win the election.

Posted by: Amber at February 11, 2004 at 12:56 PM

The speech where he hulked up had nothing to do with losing. He was soundly beat in Iowa before making that speech and girlish squeal.

His message did indeed frighten voters. Most people are reasonable and realise terrorism is a real and deadly threat, not so much to our lives, but the way we live. The problem needs to be eradicated. Dean's old belief that Bush had prior knowledge is repulsive.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 01:03 PM

I blame it on the fact that Howard Dean was a whackjob. But, moreso, I blame the Republican National Committee for beating up on Howard Dean before he was already the nominee.

Posted by: Andrew at February 11, 2004 at 01:08 PM

You folks are as simple as the cliched left wingers I despise.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 01:15 PM

Wouldn't be a thread without someone trying to pretend moral equivalence between Tim Blair and the left wingers. Talk about cliches...

Won't be long before they start declaring that we're just as Islamic as the terrorists we despise, or something just as silly.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at February 11, 2004 at 01:30 PM

Relax, guys, it's just our latest troll, using a different "clever" name. Ooh, "anon," how shocking and different. I wonder what it will be next -- "No Name"? "John Doe"? "John Q. Public"? "Incognito"?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 11, 2004 at 01:38 PM

Galdarned anonymous militant moderates, always trying to find the best balance between right and wrong...

Posted by: Sortelli at February 11, 2004 at 01:54 PM

You people are being as petty as the left-wingers. You can deride Gore for his ideology. It's much more effective.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 02:03 PM

Did you actually read this post? It is Dean's ex-campaign manager making the charge that Gore is the root cause of Dean's utter, complete, and mind-boggling failure.

Posted by: Brent at February 11, 2004 at 03:22 PM

I wonder if Robert Corr will comment on this post?

Posted by: PNN Ed at February 11, 2004 at 03:26 PM

Not even Howard Dean is doing Howard Dean's angry act these days but Al Gore has picked it up now, complete with bulging veins and raspy shouting. He's the ultimate geek...always the last to catch onto a fad and then only after everyone else has moved onto something new.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at February 11, 2004 at 03:31 PM

Brent, comprehension isn't your forte. i'm talking about you people and left-wingers in general.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 03:59 PM

anon, I've seen and ignored plenty of crass right wing hardie-hars on this newfangled World-Wide Interweb, but I don't see them in this thread. Honestly. I mean, the worst we got are a few mild yuks at Gore's meltdown.

Why the superior dance? You're acting as if you're NOT the person who has feverishly posted a half dozen ad hominem attacks and abused the word "winger" all over this page.

If you want to convince me or anyone else that you are a thoughtful person who examines ideas and has relevant insights, give me money. I can be bought. For 20 US dollars, I will even laugh at your jokes.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 11, 2004 at 06:34 PM

I bet I know what you'd do for $25.

Posted by: anon at February 11, 2004 at 07:54 PM

Yawn. Don't feed the troll, people.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 11, 2004 at 08:40 PM

Anyone think that part of the democrats problem is things like just now Alan Greenspan admonished a Mass. Democrat for even suggesting that deficit be reduced by increacing taxes. He had to point out that the problems are clearly expenditure side.

Posted by: aaron at February 12, 2004 at 03:02 AM

Wait until Gore changes his endorsement to Kerry. That will end Kerry's chance at a victory.

Posted by: JEM at February 12, 2004 at 05:07 AM

Hey, I'm from Tennessee - believe me, We Know Gore (and it ain't pretty). We tried to get rid of him but he's baaacccccckkkkkk.

Posted by: NashvilleCat at February 12, 2004 at 06:41 AM