Monday, February 09, 2004
Al Gore Continues His Swift Descent

It would seem that he's done it again [emphasis added]:

Al Gore, who lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000, assailed the commander in chief Sunday, accusing him of betraying the nation by invading Iraq.

"He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure, dangerous to our troops, that was preordained and planned before 9-11," Gore told Tennessee Democrats at a party event.

The former vice president said that he, like millions of others, had put partisanship aside after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and wanted Bush to lead the nation. Instead, Gore shouted to the crowd, Bush "betrayed us."
Okay...let's see - Bush pre-planned the invasion of Iraq before September 11th (he must've used the Clinton administration's plan, then, right?), and therefore he's 'betrayed' America. Well that sounds a lot like an accusation of treason to me.

Make note of this, please - a prominent Democrat has questioned the patriotism of George W. Bush. (I know it's happened before, but I'm choosing this one because...well, just because). I wonder if one could find an example of Republicans questioning a Democrat's patriotism? (Not according to James Taranto).

Sadly, this type of declining rhetoric is but the latest step on the Gore pathway into insignificance. I think (after doing a minimal amount of research, so I could be wrong) we can trace the beginnings of this fall to Gore's withdrawal of his initial concession to Bush in 2000. More recently, Gore lamented the onset of global warming on the coldest day in January. It's really kind of sad - I never much cared for the man's politics, but I was hoping that he might fade away with some dignity.
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