Required Saturday Reading

Both Bob Herbert of the NYT and Peter Baker of the WaPo have must read columns up on this beautiful Saturday.

From Herbert: “[In 2000] Mr. Gore was taken to task for his taste in clothing and for such grievous offenses as sighing or, allegedly, rolling his eyes. It was a given that at a barbecue everyone would rush to be with his opponent.” We’ve paid a heavy price. The president who got such high marks as a barbecue companion doesn’t seem to know up from down. He’s hurled the nation into a ruinous war that has cost countless lives and spawned a whole new generation of terrorists. He continues to sit idly by as a historic American city, New Orleans, remains wounded and on its knees. He’s blithely steered the nation into a bottomless pit of debt.

“Al Gore is a serious man confronted by a political system that is not open to a serious exploration of important, complex issues. He knows it. “What politics has become,” he said, with a laugh and a tinge of regret, “requires a level of tolerance for triviality and artifice and nonsense that I have found in short supply.”

From Baker’s contrast of War (Bush) and Peace (Gore): “The paths traveled by these two men in the years since the recount battle of 2000 have taken them in surprising directions. They have both become crusaders in ways that might have been unimaginable during the 35 days they fought over hanging chads and butterfly ballots. Two candidates who presented themselves as safe stewards of a prosperous country have instead become evangelists for changing the world, albeit with drastically different visions.

“The paths traveled by these two men in the years since the recount battle of 2000 have taken them in surprising directions…Somehow, it seemed only fitting that at the moment of Al Gore‘s triumph, George W. Bush would spend the day in Florida, scene of the fateful clash that propelled one to the presidency and the other to the Nobel Prize.”

Happy weekend. Cross posted from AoF.

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2 Responses to Required Saturday Reading

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  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Bush has conducted himself during his time in office in a way that will make him laregly superfluous for the remainder of his life. State Funerals, maybe, but not much more than that. And his makeup seems to be such that he probably will not mind. He’ll miss being able to send troops into battle, but the rest of it he mostly wasn’t there for anyway.

    Gore, with him it still seems possible that there is no limit to what he will accomplish.