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Gore’s Back from the Dead; Sufferin’ Suffrage; How Sleazy Is Jesse Jackson?

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

This was a triumph pulled off in the face of long odds. It’s not just that Gore had to appear gracious after five weeks of trying to connive his way into the presidency. It’s that he had to appear gracious to two wholly irreconcilable constituencies: President-Elect George W. Bush and the Democratic Party foot soldiers [&hellip
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Iron Constitution: Gore Scales New Heights of Corruption

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Gore takes the attitude that any system that does not allow him to accede to the presidency is ipso facto corrupt, so unworthy of citizens’ respect that he’s willing to incite half the country to destroy it. "If we ignore the votes of thousands in Florida in this election," Gore asked the nation, "how can [&hellip
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Thoroughly Corrupt in the Citrus State

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

On what grounds does the Gore campaign get to demand manual recounts in only four Democratic bastions? (If you say, "The Bush campaign could have asked to recount the other counties," I’ll reply that elections should not be contests between two teams of lawyers doing battle over which votes should count more. If you say, [&hellip
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Who Says Bush Isn’t Brilliant?

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"In the end, a Bush victory was (A) UNTHINKABLE/(B) PREDICTABLE. The revelation over the final weekend that Bush had been arrested for drunk driving in 1976 proved (A) DECISIVE/(B) INCONSEQUENTIAL. Voter impatience with the snottiness Gore showed in the debates was always (A) OVERSTATED/(B) A TICKING TIME BOMB. But in the end, it was turnout [&hellip
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Bozo’s Nightmare; Raiders of the Lost Raiders; Up Tahir

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Clinton resolved the issue by deciding on his own that he would go. That’s why you’ll see him addressing audiences in Los Angeles and the Bay Area this week. But both Clinton and those who favor his participation agreed it would be wise to target his campaigning. Clinton would stay apart from Gore and appear [&hellip
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Hey, Big Spender; Why Gore is Losing, and How He Sells Out Gays

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The guy can’t debate his way out of a Japanese lampshade. He’s absolutely terrible. Take last Tuesday. Campaign finance demiurge John McCain agreed to come to St. Louis to sit with the Bush family. (He got barred because of debate rules for the town-hall format.) But McCain did say, "The Vice President does not have [&hellip
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The Debate: Moron Meets Creep

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

But if a lot of life is conducted by people who are non compos mentis, practically all of politics is. I recently reviewed a book by Michael Waldman–Potus Speaks, a chronicle of Waldman’s seven years as a Clinton aide and speechwriter. What’s astonishing is how much of Clinton’s decision-making has been done on the fly. [&hellip
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Real (Weird) People: On the Hillary Trail in New York

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I needn’t have worried. There have only been four reporters who’ve stuck to Lazio through the whole summer. Except for local reporters joining the van for the day, nobody has sent correspondents on Lazio assignments. "Nobody?" I asked one of the regulars. "Nobody." Covering Hillary even a year ago, by contrast, you’d get to meet [&hellip
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