September 08, 2004

The Ethical Cowardice of Al Gore

From the New Yorker:

“I’m not of the school that questions his intelligence,” Gore went on. “There are different kinds of intelligence, and it’s arrogant for a person with one kind of intelligence to question someone with another kind. He certainly is a master at some things, and he has a following. He seeks strength in simplicity. But, in today’s world, that’s often a problem. I don’t think that he’s weak intellectually. I think that he is incurious. It’s astonishing to me that he’d spend an hour with his incoming Secretary of the Treasury and not ask him a single question. But I think his weakness is a moral weakness. I think he is a bully, and, like all bullies, he’s a coward when confronted with a force that he’s fearful of. His reaction to the extravagant and unbelievably selfish wish list of the wealthy interest groups that put him in the White House is obsequious. The degree of obsequiousness that is involved in saying ‘yes, yes, yes, yes, yes’ to whatever these people want, no matter the damage and harm done to the nation as a whole—that can come only from genuine moral cowardice. I don’t see any other explanation for it, because it’s not a question of principle. The only common denominator is each of the groups has a lot of money that they’re willing to put in service to his political fortunes and their ferocious and unyielding pursuit of public policies that benefit them at the expense of the nation.”

I have only one thing to say to Al Gore about this:


Remember Johnny Chung? We do.

Posted by Steve at September 8, 2004 01:11 PM | TrackBack

You've got an open italics tag on this post, dude.

Posted by: jen at September 8, 2004 02:23 PM

How about Maria Hsia? James Riady? The Buddhist Temple? How about the funding raising calls Al Gore made from his West Wing office in violation of federal proscriptions on fund raising on federal property? How about all the White House "coffees"? Gore seems to have forgotten that the Clinton/Gore ticket received no more than 43 percent of the popular vote in '92 and '93. He has gone mental.

Posted by: LMC at September 8, 2004 03:50 PM
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