Gore Provides Renewed Hope

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by David Remer - PoliWatch.Org

I watched C-span's coverage of Al Gore's announcement of endorsement for former Gov. Howard Dean. As my previous writings indicate, I have held out no hope that President Bush could be unseated. Tonight, however, listening to Howard Dean speak prior to Al Gore's statements, (they were together on the same stage), a tingle went up my spine. I listened to a candidate who can and does connect with listeners, a candidate who will balance social need priorities with conservative fiscal priorities and who will shut the door on the lobbyist bidders who circle through President Bush's revolving door.

With Al Gore's support (and it will be tremendous considering he got more popular vote than Bush in 2000) the prayers of the Bush Administration that Dean be the one to face in November, appear to have been answered. And Bush should be remembering that old wisdom, be careful of what you wish for, you may get it. I now see a campaign by Dean that can, not only draw the core of the Democrat loyalists, but, also appeal to a large number of independents and 3rd party voters. I even see the possibility of Dean drawing Republican votes in November from those who are convinced that fiscal constraint and small government are words which no longer have meaning or even exist in the Bush vocabulary anymore. Dean, a fiscal conservative, has the potential of being viewed by conservative independents and some Republicans as a better choice than Bush on those issues.

In an AP article by Ron Fournier

Gore, who captured the popular vote but lost the electoral count to George W. Bush, said Dean's stance against the war, above all else, swayed him.

"I realized it's only one of the issues, but my friends, this nation has never in our two centuries and more made a worse foreign policy mistake," Gore told several hundred people at a downtown convention center.

As the American losses in Iraq and Afghanistan mount, and the national debt breaks 7 Trillion dollars damning the earnings future of the next generation due to 40% tax rates needed to pay the interest and draw down the debt, Dean's appeal could grow across the political spectrum. Though Green Party members are rejoicing over the prospect of defeating a Democratic candidate for mayor of San Francisco, the disdain the Greens hold for the current administration will assure the bulk of their 3rd Party votes will go to Dean in 2004 regardless of whom the Green Party selects as Presidential candidate. The same may be true of a good number of Libertarian voters via protest votes. Until now many pundits have said Bush's incumbency would guarantee his reelection provided the economy is in healing mode. This kind of unwritten coalition vote of 3rd party, independent, Democrat and some Republican voters opposed to the record of the Bush Administration focused on the liberal social and conservative fiscal stances of Howard Dean, could indeed change that foregone conclusion.

I have little doubt that Bush campaign workers are going to wish they had time and a half for the hours they are going to have to put in now, to figure out how to stop the Dean Train headed straight for the Whitehouse.

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