From: <Hugh N.>
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2001 10:23 PM
Subject: Re: [BBBResistance] THE GRAMMY MODEL-Al Gore in 2004?
I'm not a Grammy watcher so this was the first time I've heard the Metallica story, and my yes, it does parallel the coup. ********************
Seeing Bush selected was like a sucker punch that we are all still trying to get our breath from. As for the inevitable conversations that arise among friends and relatives regarding "Gore losing" or "what he should have done differently, like win his own state so that he would have won," I stop that talk surgically. I too say, "HE DID WIN!!!" People lose sight of the facts and what is real and what is made up rather easily... Like thinking for a second that Bill Clinton having sex with Monica Lewinsky was even worth mentioning in conversation, much less conducting a $50,000,000.00 investigation over.
You are right. And I say it all the time. HE DIDN'T LOSE. HE DID WIN. BUSH WAS NOT ELECTED PRESIDENT.
Regardless, Al Gore is not our duly elected President, Bush is. Makes no sense. It's just an ugly fact that we have to somehow live with for the next four years. I do think about Al Gore in a wistful way from time to time. I can't imagine what it must be like to give your adult life to elected public service, become Vice President TWICE, help preside over one of the most productive administrations in history, run for president on your own and win, but not become president. I don't know how someone comes back from that. It is the most ungodly unfair thing I think I have ever seen.
Bill Clinton could come back from this. He's only halfway through his nine lives. Anyone else I'm not so sure about. To wake up each day and know that you were elected president of the United States, but you don't live in the White House, and you are not in charge of anything, would have to be a very brutal reality. I hurt for him. I hope he is well.
Dear Hugh:TOP TEN THINGS WE WOULD HAVE MISSED WITHOUT THIS COUP:
Though I've been reluctant to engage in silver-lining-gazing here at the BBBR (there is something slightly unseemly about finding the good in an evil deed as unspeakable as the treason visited upon our nation), I'm going to risk unseemliness, and tell you what I'm grateful for about this coup.
1. W might have gotten away with portraying himself as a centrist, rather than being proven to be the extremist-wacko-destruction-machine he is.
2. Republican hack Bob Dole wouldn't have been on the ground in Florida engaging in partisan ugliness, and might have been able to assume the role of respected elder statesman, rather than the pathetic role of Pepsi salesman and "dirty old man", joking about his once-limp penis made miraculously erect by pretty young thing Britney Spears. That's a keeper.
3. Linda Tripp wouldn't have been refused a job by this Republican appointistration for outing the Resident's daddy years ago for boinking (and practically shacking up on the road with) his light-of-love Jennifer Fitzgerald, long before she ever tattled on Bill Clinton for Monica Lewinsky.
4. We would never have gotten to see the charming display of Republican family values most aptly demonstrated by W's unwillingness to cut short his golfing to be with his wife at his daughter's bedside for her emergency appendectomy, choosing instead to joke, that if she wasn't able to join the family for their Florida vacation, then "she can clean out her room." HA HA.
5. Going from Clinton to Gore would have been going from smart to smart, from hard-working to hard-working, from up-to-the-job to up-to-the-job. Going from Clinton to Bushlet, however... Well, that was an experience, to say the least, and a lesson in what money can buy. For instance, money, and a lot of help from five criminals in black robes, was enough to turn the American Presidency from a meritocracy to a meritrocity. Good lesson.
6. People might have been able to make a case that there was no difference between Republicans and Democrats, having nothing to use as a comparison. Three months of Resident Bush was all it took to bury that lie.
7. Americans might have been able to stay ignorant of the real agenda and true loyalties of the Extreme Court's majority -- and might have remained clueless to the reality that our nation's laws have no meaning at all, that is, separate and apart from what those political appointees SAY the law means.
8. We all might have gone around foolishly believing that we not only had the right to vote for our President, but the right to have those votes counted, no matter WHAT kind of apparatus our particular precinct used.
9. "Buy on the dips," they always say. Well, with Clinton, the dips weren't very many OR very deep, so there weren't many bargain basement sales to be had on the markets. These days, it's all K-Mart Blue Light Specials as far as the eye can see. Been waiting to get in the game? Now's you chance. Of course, if it's time for you to take mandatory retirement... YIKES!
10. And my personal favorite: For all of us that thought the media even pretended to aspire to objectivity, we need only look at the preceding nine stories, flip the administrations in office, and try to imagine how the media would have covered these events had the players been reversed, to see how "objective" the corporate media-opolies REALLY are. Or, rather, AREN'T.
-Tammy "The Diva"NEXT: More Fighters Write In