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Gore for President . . . not!

Al Gore has announced he will not be running in 2004.

“I’ve decided that I will not be a candidate for president in 2004. … I personally have the energy and drive and ambition to make another campaign, but I don’t think that it’s the right thing for me to do,” Gore said, in an interview on the CBS news program “60 Minutes.”

In other words, the powers that be in the Democrat party flat-out told him to get lost and make way for some new candidates.

Among the names being tossed around as possible candidates is Senator Joseph Lieberman, Gore’s running-mate in 2000. But I don’t know why they’re bothering. Lieberman has about as much of a chance of winning the nomination as I do. America is simply not ready for a Jewish President. A woman for President? Sure. A Black or Hispanic presidential candidate? Very soon. But there’s simply no way a Jew is getting anywhere near the Oval Office . . . at least not in the near future.

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  • Peter 12.17.02, 12:32 AM

    I don’t think it will be a good idea
    for a Jew to be president of America.

    The in the White power movement will
    claim that the Zionists have finally
    taken control of America.

    And people like Hanthala in the “internal
    solidarity movement” will claim that
    the Zionists have finally taken over America.

  • Chris Josephson 12.17.02, 1:02 AM

    I’m not so sure the US isn’t ready for a Jewish president. Many people, myself included, voted for Gore because Lieberman was running as V.P..

    Lieberman did much better in the debates than Gore did and I like Lieberman better than any of the other candidates I hear may run.

    I’d be happy to have him as our next president.

    I hope Lieberman waits though. I’ve come to like George Bush a lot. (I never thought I would.) I’d hate to have to choose between them.

    Chris J.
    Boston, MA.
    (P.S.: I’m not Jewish)

  • Hanthala 12.18.02, 9:24 AM

    Peter does have a point. Given the amount of taxpayer dollars flowing to Israel each year while American citizens struggle with growing poverty at home, a Jewish American President would certainly fuel the hate rhetoric of all the David Dukes & Co. That’s almost guaranteed. Not sure if that should be a reason for American Jews to actively oppose a Jewish presidential candidate. That in itself could also be seen as a victory for neo-Nazis. Not my call to make, of course.

  • segacs 12.18.02, 2:53 PM

    I wasn’t commenting on whether there should be a Jewish president . . . or even on whether a Jew should run. Of course, any qualified American has the right to run for office. I was merely commenting on the likelihood of Senator Lieberman winning – which doesn’t seem very likely at all.

    Should the presence of racists stop him from trying? Not on your life! Lieberman choosing not to run to avoid “fueling” antisemites would be akin to Hillel not inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid “fueling” anti-Zionists. This blame-the-victim mentality is getting kind of tired.

    I’m sure that Senator Lieberman will make his own decision based on a number of factors – personal and professional – on whether to announce his candidacy. I just hope that the existence of antisemitism isn’t one of the factors he considers when making his choice.

  • Hanthala 12.18.02, 8:15 PM

    Segacs, I think you misunderstood my point. I don’t respect your Netanyahu analogy but what I said is that for the Jewish community to oppose a Jewish presidential candidate or for him to not consider running because of fear of an antisemitic backlash would in itself be a victory for the neo-Nazis.

  • segacs 12.21.02, 6:45 PM

    The problem is context. Hanthala, have you actually read any of the writings by the Zionist founders and leaders whom you’re so fond of quoting? Or did you just read Palestinian publications that published either misquotes or quotes taken out of context from these people?

  • Hanthala 12.21.02, 7:45 PM

    Segacs, I’m not sure that you are responding to the comments I made above. If so, I don’t understand what you mean as I did not quote any Zionists.

    I do find your discussion rather ironic. “Context” all of a sudden becomes important when we are talking about anti-Arab racism on the part of Jews. I wonder if you would make the same argument over anti-Jewish racism on the part of Arabs.

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