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48. "the Presidency is probably the last, most hopeless place on earth from which to 'save our world.'"?
I think this statement belies recent experience with an inept and brain-addled Smirking Chimp at the helm or, in Clinton's case, a very divided and divisive federal government more focused on stalemate than statesmanship.

What I am envisioning, with a Gore Presidency and the coat-tails effect his candidacy would bring, is a Washington environment much more akin to the LBJ period, when the President led -- and achieved -- much social reform that had an immediate and lasting difference. (LBJ had flaws also, but ram-rodding civil rights and health care reform that changed the lives of millions for the better were not among them.)

Having a Gore Presidency, and a more Democratic (and progressive) Congress that his candidacy would help accomplish, could, should and would bring about much-needed and meaningful changes on global warming and the host of other issues that Gore is passionate about.

Instead of having to eat our words, I hope we can both soon feast on the process of takin' our country back by working side-by-side for a Gore victory. (BTW, "I'm Takin' My Country Back" by the Honky Tonkers for Truth was my favorite 2004 election song. If you don't know it, let me know and I'll post the lyrics here or PM them to you.)
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           - Well, to be fair  cmkramer   Oct-16-07 05:51 PM   #53 
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           - My analogy was as it pertained  GrpCaptMandrake   Oct-16-07 12:35 PM   #49 
           - "the Presidency is probably the last, most hopeless place on earth from which to 'save our world.'"?  Fly by night   Oct-16-07 10:53 AM   #48 
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  - I like it.  silverweb   Oct-16-07 01:08 PM   #50 
  - Thanks!  GrpCaptMandrake   Oct-16-07 04:58 PM   #51 
     - I think you're right.  silverweb   Oct-16-07 06:15 PM   #54 
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  - Thank you for a thoughtful post  annabanana   Oct-16-07 08:29 PM   #56 

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