Being right is Al Gore's Revenge

Not exactly an opera plot level of revenge, but still…

Nice article:

Free to Be Al Gore

[quote]That sentiment will speak to the multitudes disgusted with the Bush presidency – and draw vituperation from the same people who accused Gore of trying to “steal” the 2000 election simply because he wanted Florida’s votes recounted.

Seven years later, the mood is quite different, partly because of the rise of a new Internet political community that Gore wants to protect from the designs of big companies. Say what you will, the blogs and other online gathering places do promote a culture of engagement rather than passivity. The raucous back-and-forth they encourage looks, at least sometimes, like real, live democratic politics.

But the larger change is that the very process Gore describes – of propaganda taken as fact, of slogans taken as arguments, of repetition substituting for logic and, yes, of lies and half-truths taken as truth – is now well-recognized. What worked against Gore during the recount and what worked for the administration in the run-up to the Iraq war doesn’t work anymore. That is an advance for democracy and for reason.

Gore, to his credit, won’t talk about Florida, but I will. Whatever flaws he has, Gore suffered through an extreme injustice with great dignity. His revenge is to have been right about a lot of things: right about the power of the Internet, right about global warming and right about Iraq.[/quote]

For further info on Gore’s new book, check out The Assault on Reason

Gore did not ask for a statewide recount. He asked for the vote in only four counties where the Democrats had a higher percentage of registered voters to be counted. Also, the CNN announcement regarding the awarding of Florida to Gore put a lot of Bush supporters off of voting in the panhandle. Gore was also determined to disqualify as many military votes as possible. Despite all of this, in EVERY recount scenario, it was determined that Bush had won. Time to give this myth a rest or prove that you have (unlike every newspaper and university that tried) evidence to the contrary.