Al Gore is a fine man, a great American. No doubt about it. I like Al Gore. He'd make a good President. There's just this one thing. He's a loser. That's not being derogatory. That's just an inconvenient truth. He lost the election. Against the incompetent George Bush, of all people. If Al Gore were to run again, the only truthful thing the Republicans would say about him is, "HE'S A LOSER!!!" They'd be stating a fact. They'd say it over and over, all day, every day. Everything else they would say about him would be just the usual lies, smears and ad hominem attacks. The Republicans would ride the loser theme to death. Al Gore's Presidential death. Again.
Here's what happened in the 2000 election. Al Gore and George Bush walked onto the world stage (first time for George) and George turned to Al and said, "BOO!" Al Gore quietly tucked his tail between his legs and walked away, never looking back. Gore won the election by half a million votes. It's a fact that the Republican election officals and the Republican Supreme Court stole the election from Al Gore. Do you see a pattern here, something to do with Republicans? He knows that. So, why did he do absolutely nothing about it? Why did he not raise the slightest protest? Why did he make no attempt to take his rightful place as President? He could have stirred up a big stink. It would have all been exposed. For some reason, he did nothing. He's too nice a guy to get down and dirty, to play hard ball with the Republicans. That's why he should never try it again.
Is it likely that our next President will be a Republican? Yes, it's very likely. Her name is Hillary Clinton. I know, she's supposed to be a Democrat. But, look at her voting record. The most important vote of her life was with the Republicans. She voted to allow George Bush to declare war, in violation of the Constitution. Instead of doing it herself, she let George do it. That's bad enough, but the worst part of her vote is that she voted with Republicans. And look what it got us. You lie down with Republicans, you get Republican fleas. Nasty little buggers. Hang around forever.
Our government has been allowed to go to hell in a hand basket. A Republican crafted hand basket. It's easy and tempting to say that George Bush is the cause of it all. But, even though he's part of the cause, he's just the exemplar, the archetype of the cause, which is Republicanism. He represents all the Republicans and the rest of the country's uninformed and misinformed could have ever wanted. The Republicans wanted him real bad and they got him in all his ignorant, incompetent blustering. The prime example of all things Republican. We must completely reject George Bush and the malevolent, destructive ideology of Republicanism that created him and held him up as the finest example of the God-awful, ruthlessness, lawlessness, cronyism, corruption, politicizing of everything, the Ayn Rand philosophy of extolling the sanctity of greed, or we just let them have it and all go to work and back every day at Wal-Mart under military escort.
The Democrats in congress are catching hell for going along with Bush's Republican program. No wonder. They're hanging around a bunch of Republicans all day. Apparently Republicanism is contagious by association, kinda like obesity. It's deleterious to your thinking, clouds your mind, makes you start listening to George Bush.
George Bush is effectively now an ex-President, and should always be referred to as such. He still has the Democrats fooled into thinking he's a real President and they still bow to his pretense.
The way to handle Republicans, including George Bush is, on encountering them, to hand them a card I had printed that says, "You are a Republican. I will not listen to you. I will not talk to you. I will not allow you in my presence. You are dismissed." Then, remain silent.
That's the way the Democrats in congress are going to have to handle the Republicans in congress and the way we will have to handle all Republicans. I think I'll send them a batch of cards, see if they'll use them to finally rid themselves of their Republican fleas.