Perhaps if not for then-Vice President’s little piece of political theater at the Democratic National Convention in 2000, he would not have leapt ahead in polls for the presidential contest that fall, setting the stage for the long recount in November and December.
To those who have forgotten the stunt, that little piece of theater designed to showcase a more passionate candidate was a very public smooch of his soon-to-be former wife Tipper just prior to his acceptance speech. That he so used his wife as a prop in his presidential campaign, it takes some nerve for him to “ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family“.
Now, I do believe the media should leave Gore and his wife Tipper alone at what must be a very difficult time for their family. For my part, save for this post, I will refrain from commenting.
All that said, as Sonicfrog reminds us, it’s fascinating to watch the media turn to their all-purpose bogeyman to explain the divorce. It’s all because of George W. Bush that the Gores are splitting!
Give me a break.
If anyone is making an issue of this divorce, it’s the MSM. They would have done better to announce the divorce and then move on, without casting aspersion on the Gores or that Democrat’s 2000 presidential rival.