[FoRK] Another quip from Gore's book

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Mon May 28 18:40:30 PDT 2007

So, it seems apparent that it will be Barack or Clinton at the top of 
the D. ticket with Barack or Clinton or Gore as vice.  And the odd 
politico out given an offer at chief of staff or something.  If it were 
me, I'd take all of the bright guys running (Edwards et al) and give 
them top jobs, setting up a farm team for one or two terms out.

Vs. Giuliani w/ McCain as vice.

> U.S. voters, if they could spend a Memorial Day picnic with any of the 
> leading presidential choices for 2008, would pick Republican Rudolph 
> Giuliani and Democrat Barack Obama, a poll released on Friday said.
> The former New York City mayor was picked by 37 percent, while the 
> Democratic senator from Illinois was chosen by 33 percent of voters, 
> according to the Quinnipiac University poll.
> Second among the Republican choices was Arizona Sen. John McCain, 
> followed by former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who has not formally 
> entered the race. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the fourth 
> pick to join voters at a picnic on Monday's Memorial Day, a U.S. 
> holiday commemorating Americans who have died in military service.
> Second among the Democratic choices was New York Sen. Hillary Rodham 
> Clinton, followed by former Vice President Al Gore, who has said he 
> has no plans to run for president, and former North Carolina Sen. John 
> Edwards.
> "Likability matters. Americans tend to want a president who is 
> approachable," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac 
> University Polling Institute.
> "This is a way of getting at the notion of genuineness," he said.
> Brown added that he sees the results as a measure of Americans' 
> curiosity about candidates they are less familiar with rather than as 
> a measure of popularity.
> "It's an indication of curiosity," he said.
> In that vein, he said, Obama may hold more interest to voters in this 
> poll than does Clinton, who has been in the public spotlight far longer.
> "Americans have made up their minds about Senator Clinton," Brown 
> said. "Some like her a lot, some really don't like her a lot, whereas 
> Senator Obama is someone who Americans are greatly curious about, I 
> think."
> In a breakdown by political party affiliation, Giuliani was picked by 
> 41 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of 
> independents.
> Obama was the choice of 37 percent of Republicans, 24 percent of 
> Democrats and 34 percent of independent voters, it said.
> Quinnipiac polled 1,166 U.S. voters from April 25 to May 1, and the 
> poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. The 
> poll marked the first time Quinnipiac has asked such a question, Brown 
> said.

Jeff Bone wrote:
> You know, I haven't read *any* of Gore's other books.  I did see his 
> recent movie, and thought it was a pretty good piece of work.  But 
> reading Assault over the weekend in bits and pieces, I find myself 
> very impressed by his ability to turn a phrase.  If he's always been 
> this good a writer, then it's both mysterioud and a damn shame that he 
> was such a wooden speaker in the 2000 election.
> Here's a bit that I found particularly well-worked:
> "The derivation of just power from the consent of the governed depends 
> upon the integrity of the reasoning process through which that consent 
> is given.  If the reasoning process is corrupted by money and 
> deception, then the consent of the governed is based on false 
> premises, and any power thus derived is inherently counterfeit and 
> unjust.  If the consent of the governed is extorted through 
> manipulation of mass fears, or embezzled with claims of divine 
> guidance, democracy is impoverished.  If the suspension of reason 
> causes a significant portion of the citizenry to lose confidence in 
> the integrity of the process, democracy can be bankrupted.
> "If citizens no longer participate, those among them who notice signs 
> of corruption or illogic have no way to voice their concerns and 
> summon the attention of others who, upon examining the same evidence, 
> might share their dismay.  No critical mass of opposition can form 
> among individuals who are isolated from one another, looking through 
> one-way mirrors in soundproof rooms, shouting if they with but still 
> unheard.  If enough citizens cease to participate in its process, 
> democracy dies."
> I cannot even imagine George W. Bush being able to parse, much less 
> recite, much less still craft such statements.
Amen brotha.  "Wha'd he say?  Heh heh.  He's the thinker, but I'm the 
Decider!  He makes you feel stupid.  I make you feel smart!"
> jb
> PS - note the critical words "who are isolated from one another" --- 
> that isolation or insularity being the operative factor in my choice 
> of the term "Balkanization" rather than Albert's more innocuous and 
> beside-the-point alternatives.
Now now, we are mighty sensitive to our fellow Brights tonight, aren't we?


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