If you read The Note, you’ve already seen this, but it’s a good summary of my thoughts nearing the one-day mark of the announcement of Gore’s Dean endorsement:
We could fill The Note today with all the e-mails we got about this (including some that went to Gore on which we were bcc’ed!), but we’ll limit ourselves to just one, which comes from a Democrat whose views of Gore are typical among many we know:
“Did it for 3 reasons:
1) dean will probably be the nominee
2) … his campaign is as much about a movement as it is about a candidate. Its a clear break for him to reinvent himself with the future rather than being dragged down by the past.
3) it’s a fuck you to all concerned. This is a man who never never forgets, never forgives and has catalogued every wrong that he has ever been subjected to.”
And that is what he will be thinking about standing next to Dean today.”
Hmm, well, it makes me love Gore more (is it possible?) and justifies my still tepid feelings about Dr. Dean. The idea that it’s as much about a movement as it is about a candidate bothers me, because it’s one of the major criticisms I have of conservatives. It’s a monster that tends to eat its young. Also, the candidate eventually has to govern, and there’s little guarantee that the movement will accompany him… blah. All excuses with no explanation for my lack of Dean-love.