Gore also helpfully explained that he had changed his mind about guns on the basis of "the flood of cheap handguns and assault weapons, the terrible blight of these horrible tragedies." Now first of all, the price of a gun is irrelevant to the question of whether it is good or bad for citizens to be able to arm themselves. But did he also need to be "taught" that guns can be used to kill people? If, as Gore apparently believes, people don't kill people, guns kill people, were a smaller number of preventable murders once acceptable to him?
The good part of being a Democrat is that you can commit crimes, sell out your base, bomb foreigners and rape women -- and the Democratic faithful will think you're great, and Linda Tripp is the diabolic wrongdoer. The bad part is that you must effortlessly follow the party line, which is completely unprincipled and impenetrable to logical deduction.
Poor Gore apparently hadn't checked in with the Mother Ship before Tim Russert asked for his position on a bill that would prohibit executing pregnant women on death row. Adhering to Democratic Party principles, the correct answer ought to be: Kill the fetus and spare the murderess.
That must have struck even Gore as a bit creepy, so he refused to answer, saying: "I don't know what you're talking about." Russert repeated the question, essentially verbatim, and Gore claimed he would need to know "the circumstances" -- though the only pertinent "circumstances" are fully set forth in the question.
On the basis of my own study of the master, I believe the correct Clintonesque evasion would have been one of the following: I've already answered that, this legislation is politically motivated, it's a private matter between the woman and her god, the question has been propounded by a vast right-wing conspiracy, or I didn't do it.
Most ungratefully, Gore took the opportunity of his "Meet the Press" appearance to start qualifying his claim that Clinton was one of America's "greatest presidents." Now it suddenly depends on what the meaning of "greatest" is. At least he's learned something.
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