Gore Campaign Tactics Sink to New Low
November 3, 2000 8:27 AM   Subscribe

Gore Campaign Tactics Sink to New Low (via unknown news)
posted by snakey (22 comments total)
The story you posted a link to is dated May 4, 2000.
posted by rcade at 8:31 AM on November 3, 2000

this is old, old news, its been out for quite some time now.

how is it a new low for the gore campaign exactly? or were you being sarcastic?
posted by saralovering at 8:36 AM on November 3, 2000

"Gore Campaign Tactics Sink to Old Low"

better? :-)
posted by cCranium at 8:36 AM on November 3, 2000

So the excuse is that they've been this unethical since May 4? I fail to see how this redeems Gore.
posted by snakey at 9:05 AM on November 3, 2000

Yeah, I don't see anything about Gore or his campaign in this very old story, or anything about how this could possibly be expected to affect Bush's campaign at all. If anything, this actually makes me think more highly of Laura Bush, in the hopes that could not avoid having been positively affected by the tragic and irreversable consequences of her actions.

Overall, this is seriously unrelated.
posted by donkeymon at 9:07 AM on November 3, 2000

In any case, isn't it ironic that the victim was driving a Corvair?
posted by snakey at 9:10 AM on November 3, 2000

If somebody can find something to indicate that Gore or his campaign dug out this story to smear Bush, or were trying to use it against him, I want to see it. Until then, I don't see this having any relevance.
posted by harmful at 9:13 AM on November 3, 2000

Where does the word Gore appear in the referenced article? I think "anti-Bush campaign" would be a little more accurate...
posted by xiffix at 9:13 AM on November 3, 2000

You guys are right. I'm sure it was a complete coincidence that this 1963 incident came to light during an election year.
posted by snakey at 9:19 AM on November 3, 2000

Have you ever considered the possibility that a reporter dug it up without any help from politicians? Happens all the time, Snakey.
posted by rcade at 9:30 AM on November 3, 2000

If anything, this actually makes me think more highly of Laura Bush ...

Because she accidentally killed someone in her teens?
posted by rcade at 9:34 AM on November 3, 2000

snakey is just digging for nader as he has been for several weeks now. He should understand how to go about uncovering dirt without the help of the campaign. Keep grasping for straws there snake!
posted by brian at 9:34 AM on November 3, 2000

bush has more than enough enemies for this story to come out without the Gore campaign having anything to do with it. Don't tell me you're voting Bush. You really see this guy fit to serve as our President? You really see him going to foreign countries to meet with other world leaders? He's going to need an ear piece with cheney telling him what to say and do. Furthermore there's the whole abortion issue!
posted by physics at 9:35 AM on November 3, 2000

I don't get it. Am I stupid? What does a car accident of Laura Bush have to do with George W?

Michael was thrown from his Corvair and broke his neck. Did those cars have shoulder seatbelts? I wonder if he was wearing one. ...notthat it matters, she was speeding.
posted by jamescblack at 9:39 AM on November 3, 2000

No you guys are right. Reporters never have stories spoonfed to them. This is investigative journalism at its finest.
posted by snakey at 9:57 AM on November 3, 2000

How pathetic to insinuate that Gore or his campaign had anything to do with this story. It was a sad tragedy and no one in their right mind would base their vote on such a thing, which is exactly why an opposing campaign would never be the one to leak it.

A 24 hour media cycle does mean that reporters will do lots of investigating to see if they can find "dirt" on a candidate or their families. It is how they make their living whether we like it or not. It also means that supporters of a particular candidate will give tips to reporters. But it does not mean that a campaign is behind them.
posted by terrapin at 10:12 AM on November 3, 2000

Snakey: Maybe you didn't actually read the story. It states, "The police report was released Wednesday in response to an open-records request that was submitted to Midland officials in March." It took an open records request two months earlier to produce the police report that was the main news hook for the story.
posted by rcade at 10:26 AM on November 3, 2000

What I meant by that was:
Pretty much everybody does stupid things when they are young. (By the way, in my view 15 is young and 30 is not.) Some people coincidentally escape the potentially horrible consequences, and thus are less likely to have the full gravity of their actions burned into their brain, and are more likely to continue to act thoughtlessly later in life. Having actually experience tragedy leaves someone more likely to consider the outcome of their actions and their impact on others before acting. Of course this is all statistical and I have no way of knowing if Laura Bush "learned her lesson" or if she wasn't a very conscientious person the whole time.

I still don't see how this has any effect on or connection to either campaign. Its certainly possible that someone in the Gore camp fed a reporter this information, but there is no reason to believe that, and it doesn't make it any less true or more relevant if one did.

Maybe the Nader camp leaked the information to highlight some of the positive changes Ralph has brought about, starting with the Corvair? That is an equally credible and unfounded theory in my book.
posted by donkeymon at 10:42 AM on November 3, 2000

This is why 17 year olds shouldn't be allowed to drive. Laura Bush is lucky, though, she could have been charged with manslaughter.

The story obviously shouldn't have any impact on W's campaign. As Laura hasn't been playing that big of a role in the campaign (unlike Hillary in 92), I doubt the Democrats would have bothered with something like this. Sounds more like a trashy reporter, cause really, who cares?

What I found most annoying was the navbar at the top that kept jumping around when I scrolled. Not nearly as slick as Matt's flying sidebar on MeFi, which is optional anyway.
posted by daveadams at 11:14 AM on November 3, 2000

Anyone know who asked her the question in March?
posted by snakey at 11:29 AM on November 3, 2000

Speaking of sinking to new lows, you're really reaching with this one, Snakey. The story broke a long time ago.

You're the one drudging it up, and it appears that you're doing it to smear Gore.

Look at it this way - if Gore gets in the White House and inherits the beginnings of a recession, people will be able to rate his performance and vote against him in larger numbers in 2004 if they so choose.

I doubt your blame game is going to convince anyone of anything.

posted by jragon at 1:28 PM on November 3, 2000

Okay everybody, I have to apologize for linking to this. I was angry after seeing a Gore spot on TV last night that attacked Nader, and when I saw the headline on unknown news, I posted it without looking deeper.

Jragon, look at it this way -- do you want to have to choose between Lieberman and Cheney for president, and have somebody tell you to vote for the lesser of those 2 evils, or your vote will be wasted?

Personally, I find that choice less appealing than 4 years of Bush.

I seriously hope that Gore loses. Next time, maybe the Dems will run an old school Democrat like Jesse Jackson. Then I can vote for a Democrat I have some respect for.
posted by snakey at 3:23 PM on November 3, 2000

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