A Reader Responds to R. George
As a potential response to Robert George’s assertion that Gore had no 1962 California loss as a “final straw”:
Last month was a rejection of Gore.
It can be argued that the ‘02 midterm elections repudiated the the Clinton/Gore model of nationalized Democratic campaigns & policies. Many pundits have said that the ‘00 presidential race was “finally decided” with the Republican victories of last month.
Therefore Gore knows that although he was not on the ballot, he (and the Clinton/McAuliffe democratic machine constructed to get him elected) was the de facto future presidential candidate with the most to lose.
Remember the aborted rumblings immediately post-election about getting rid of McAuliffe? To the average partisan Democrat, Gore has now taken the fall for the party’s midterm failure and they can now “start fresh” against Bush in ‘04.