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How bad is it when a candidate would rather have Gore than Obama?

Ask Kendrick Meek, the Democratic Senate candidate in Florida.  Even the UK’s Telegraph noticed some interesting things, such as Meek never mentioned Obama once at the rally with Gore.

But, then, neither did Gore.

In Tampa, neither Mr Gore nor Mr Meek made direct reference to Mr Obama’s historic health care legislation, his proudest achievement, or the financial bailout. Both measures are unpopular with all but hardcore Democratic supporters.

Two years ago, every Democrat in the country was invoking Mr Obama’s name as they hoped to ride on his coat-tails to electoral victory. This year, he is a near-pariah, with many of the party’s candidates doing everything they can to distance themselves from him.

Gore also came in for a bit of heckling.  When he mentioned “giving in to corporate special interests”, someone in the crowd yelled, “like you!” 

But interestingly most of the people there seemed more nostalgic for Clinton/Gore than Obama/Biden.  Meek called the Clinton/Gore team, "stellar public elected figures who once served and are still giving".  People interviewed while leaving the event seemed resigned to the fact that the Obama administration was probably not long for this world:

"I was thinking that if we could get Clinton back in and Gore back in we might do something in this country," said Robert Henry, 62 a retired soldier. His wife Susan, 59, said that Obama was unlucky because he "got handed an absolute train wreck" while Gore "reminds us of good times, of prosperity and peace".

When the partisans have concluded that the “good times” are no more, support is most likely not going to develop on election day as Obama and the party hope it will.

Meek and Gore were there to rally support for Meek and tell them how well he’s starting to do.  Said Gore, "Kendrick’s going up like a skyrocket", while Marco Rubio is just “bumbling along”.

Rubio leads Meek 46 to 18 in the most recent polls.  Charlie Crist is at 33. 

And a reminder as the media tries to paint all the Tea Party candidates is extremist and out of the main stream – unlikely to win in the general election.  Rubio is the Tea Party pick in FL.

~McQ

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10 Responses to How bad is it when a candidate would rather have Gore than Obama?

  • while Gore “reminds us of good times, of prosperity and peace”.

    >>> Except for all those terrorist attacks on us that were ignored, directly leading to 9/11.   And the dotcom bubble ready to burst.

    I’ll say it again. I stopped considering these idiots fellow Americans long ago.   They left us, we didn’t leave them.

    • They are confused. They think like Chinese confucians…if the righteous emperor faces east all will be well. This thinking sometimes infects those on the right, too.

    • I figure that few people bother to look into the underlying causes of economic highs and lows, even at the most superficial level.  Thus, the mid/late-90s were a time of Clinton-inspired fiscal utopia, when jobs and money came fluttering down from the sky.  Speculative tech bubbles?  Nonsense!  Even economic and political pundits were telling us that this was “the new economy” and it didn’t operate on outdated concepts like “profits” and “cash flow.”  The good times had arrived, and would never end.

  • We notice that few if any Democrats are running on the “Obama ticket” or on health care.  I wonder if the rest of the country is noticing this and I wonder if these campaign avoidance tactics will result in votes to repeal ObamaCare.  We really should be making sure each candidate answers that question.

  • Thinking of the 90s as “the good times” is what got us into the mess that Bush bailed us out of for 6 years, until Democrats took control in 2006 and started messing up the economy again.
     

  • “Kendrick’s going up like a skyrocket”–Owl Gore

    I do not think that means what he thinks that means…
    What was Gore’s carbon foot-print for that appearance, and who provided his chakra release…?
     

  • I find it hard to believe that a highly respected Nobel Prize winner like Al Gore would be besmriched in this forum!/sarc————CONEY

  • Susan, 59, said that Obama was unlucky because he “got handed an absolute train wreck” while Gore “reminds us of good times, of prosperity and peace”.

    Ah, it’s nice to know that dem agitprop is working so well: “Bush left things in SUCH a mess that… well, NOBODY could fix it.”

    O’ course, as I recall, the unemployment rate when Bush left office was about 2.5 percentage points lower than it is now… after The Dear Golfer spent $850 billion in “stimulus” to “fix” things.

    Bah.

    Rick CairdWe notice that few if any Democrats are running on the “Obama ticket” or on health care.  I wonder if the rest of the country is noticing this and I wonder if these campaign avoidance tactics will result in votes to repeal ObamaCare.  We really should be making sure each candidate answers that question.

    Good luck with that.  The dems who DID vote for this horrible, horrible program can hardly admit that they screwed up so badly that they have to repeal the very law that they rammed through only a few months ago.  As for the GOP candidates… Well, even if they claim that they’ll vote for repeal, I’ll believe it when I see it.  I’m guessing that it’ll be more like votes to improve ObamaCare, which will still leave us saddled with Uncle Sugar running this huge sector of our economy and this huge part of our lives.

  • Of course, Gore did nothing to make the 90s good times, aside from providing some laughs (“no legal controlling authority”, etc).

    Bill at least signed some of the legislation the Republicans passed, like welfare reform. Imagine if HillaryCare passed, and Dems retained control of Congress in ’94?