Michael Kelly does his usual

Michael Kelly does his usual excellent job in this piece about the “new” Al Gore. Gore is starting to remind me of Richard Nixon. Nixon was also a defeated ex-Vice President who thought he had been robbed of the presidency. He too reinvented himself as “new” and moved away from the center of his party. He even wrote a book, as Gore has done (he called it “Six Crises,” if I recall correctly, and one reporter suggested that he should have issued it in loose-leaf notebook form so he could add to it as he went along). But Nixon, perhaps in keeping with his era, did a better job of hiding the extent to which he was scarred (except for during his famous concession speech after the California governor’s race in 1962) and he was able to exercise more self-discipline than Gore appears able to muster.


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