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More on the Gore endorsement

Jeff Greenfield is interviewed on CNN about the Gore decision. Although Greenfield’s opinions are quite predictable, you will note some not so subtle hints that Gore did this in a typically tacky way, is doing this in order to re-invent himself, and that this insider’s endorsement of the outsider may not be in Dean’s interest; and perhaps most important, this one time hawk of the Clinton administration has endorsed the most dovish of the Democratic candidates. Dick Morris explains why he thinks Gore did it: Forget about next November’s election, it’s the start of the battle for the future of the Democratic Party. This is Gore’s attempt to declare his independence from the Clintons and to fight the Clintons for the soul of the new party he will help to create between now and 2008. This also implies that Gore might run in 2008. David Frum agrees. "So Gore needs to speed his party toward the cataclysm [in 2004]– and if he can win new friends on the party’s left and look like a good sport while greasing the skids, all the better."

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Without hearing or reading a word of Gore’s endorsement speech, "Election 2008" comes to mind. With Hillary establishing her military bona fides by riding on Bush’s coat tails (with some sniping here and there to keep her Democratic rep in tact)--something her husband failed to do--, Gore figures that riding Dean’s coat tails is his chance to establish himself as a Democratic alternative to Hillary (the presumptive nominee for 2008).

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