Despite his graceful concession speech after the 2000 election was decided, Al Gore has proven himself to be one of the most classless politicians in the United States today. He rants against the man who defeated him and badmouths his policies abroad. He subscribes to some of the looniest theories of the angry left.
In 2003, he joined those on the angry left in endorsing Howard Dean, then surging in pre-primary Democratic polls — and quite possibly helping promote Dean’s subsequent implosion. It was that very endorsement which made clear what a classless man the former Vice President is. Joe Lieberman, his 2000 running mate, whose presence on the ticket helped account for Gore’s strong showing that year, said that he would wait on his former running-mate’s decision before entering the 2004 presidential contest. If Gore ran, he said, he wouldn’t.
Only after Gore decided not to run did Lieberman throw his hat into the ring.
Gore did not even offer Lieberman the courtesy of a phone call to tell him that he was endorsing Dean, leaving the Connecticut Democrat to learn about it from the media. Now, he’s refusing to back Lieberman in his former running mate’s primary contest against Ned Lamont. (Via–The Corner via Instapundit.)
It seems Gore’s 2000 concession speech was a rare moment of class from an otherwise petty and ungrateful man.