Thursday, June 24, 2004

Al Gore Gets Scarier

Al Gore gave another speech today, and he seemed to creep closer to the edge of insanity. In his past few speeches Al Gore has screamed most of the speech. Today he took a different tact. Instead of screaming he used voice and tone very reminiscent of the Norman Bates character from Psycho. This is not the first time Mr. Gore has publicly changed personalities. In the presidential debates of 2000 a different Al Gore appeared every time. There was the tough guy, the soft talker and the normal stiff as a board Al Gore.

The tone of the speech today really is the news, as the content of the speech is the same “Bush Lied” mantra that Democrats have been spewing about Iraq since the day they stopped publicly making the case for war based on Saddam’s weapons and ties to terrorism. As a matter of fact the Republican National Committee responded to the speech by distributing a quote from Al Gore regarding Iraq from 1992:

"Al Gore's history of denial of the threat of terrorism is no less dangerous today in his role as John Kerry's surrogate than it was in the 1990s in his role as Vice President, a time when Osama Bin Laden was declaring war on the United States five different times," said RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke.

Other Gore statements on Iraq and terrorism from the RNC:

IN 1992, AL GORE ATTACKED PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH FOR IGNORING IRAQ'S TIES TO TERRORISM. SEN. AL GORE: “[W]hen George Bush took office, he should have reevaluated what our relationship was with Iraq ...” CNN’S LARRY KING: “Well ...” GORE: “Let me finish, just briefly. Instead, he stepped up the foreign aid to Iraq, and he looked the other way when there were repeated incidents of terrorism in which Iraq had a part, terrorists operating openly in Baghdad, and repeated warnings from our national security people telling the Bush administration that Saddam was on a crash program to develop nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and other weapons of mass destruction. And he overruled a lot of his advisers and extended another billion dollars of foreign aid, and the U.S. taxpayers are right now having to bail out Saddam Hussein for almost $2 billion. Just like the savings and loan bailout, now it’s the Saddam Hussein bailout, and it shouldn’t have taken place.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 10/5/92)
IN 1992, GORE SAID BUSH ADMINISTRATION WAS “CODDLING” SADDAM AND IGNORING HIS PURSUIT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. “Democratic vice presidential nominee Al Gore Tuesday attacked what the Bush campaign views as its strongest asset, as he charged the president caused the gulf war by ‘coddling’ Saddam Hussein. … He said recent evidence - including published reports and documents from congressional hearings - contradicts Bush’s assertions he did nothing to enhance Saddam’s development of weapons of mass destruction before Saddam invaded Kuwait. Gore said both the Reagan and Bush administrations received regular intelligence ‘warnings’ that Saddam was aiding terrorists and was bent on building such weapons.” (Sam Vincent Meddis, “Gore Assails Bush On Iraq Policy,” USA Today, 9/30/92)
Refer to Powerline for their commentary.

Read the text of Gores speech here.