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Al Gore, resurrected?

Ezra Klein's article asks the question.

Al Gore's Martin Luther King Day speech on executive power, Jan. 16, 2006:

Moreover, if the pattern of practice begun by this Administration is not challenged, it may well become a permanent part of the American system. Many conservatives have pointed out that granting unchecked power to this President means that the next President will have unchecked power as well. And the next President may be someone whose values and belief you do not trust. And this is why Republicans as well as Democrats should be concerned with what this President has done. If this President's attempt to dramatically expand executive power goes unquestioned, our constitutional design of checks and balances will be lost. And the next President or some future President will be able, in the name of national security, to restrict our liberties in a way the framers never would have thought possible.

Al Gore's keynote speech at the We Media conference, Oct. 5, 2005:

I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions. How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered "an alternate universe"?

Hillary Clinton, please note, isn't saying anything like this.


1st one is good. 2nd one is not plausible for a candidate. We actually had a majority vote for Bush in 2004, and any candidate has to deal with that electorate. "Us and them" language won't work; "this is bad for everyone regardless of party" will.

We did, in fact, have a majority vote for Bush in '04, but bush's approval has been steadily tanking since then.

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