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Monday, December 08, 2003

Posted by Jake
Gore to Endorse Dean

The Dean people cannot possibly think this is a good idea. If you are the anti-establishment candidate, then do you really want the big rubber stamp of the establishment?

Oh, and this is a great quote:

"It dispels all this talk among people inside Washington that he can't win, that he's another George McGovern, that will lose the House and lose the Senate," said Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which endorsed Dean last month.

Um, so Gore didn't win either -- unless you live in a bizarro world where you are still living out the recount. Further, I don't see how Gore coming out for him adds to his ability to win. The same Washington establishment people said the California recall wouldn't go through either.

James-- I'm going to have to disagree that this isn't a great move for the Dean campaign. There is a dichotomy of conventional wisdom on Mr. Gore. The hard-core, "angry-left" style Dean supporters view Gore as the populist hero who REALLY won the 2000 Election. Gore's endorsement couldn't possibly hurt Dean with the crowd, which is his solid base. They'll only get more fired up. The other conventional wisdom is that Gore, having been part of the Clinton Administration, is an establishment Democrat. While I believe, as Andrew Sullivan does, that Gore split himself from the establishment during the 2000 campaign, you should remember he DID win the popular vote. There are a lot of Democrats out there who voted for him. Gore's endorsement seems to me to be a tool for Dean to pick up some of those Democrats without alienating his base. No candidate to my knowledge has EVER won the Presidency on a purely anti-establishment ticket. He'll need to court centrist Democrats at some point, and Gore might bring him in that direction.


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