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DLC | New Dem Daily | January 25, 2021
Why Gore Lost, And How Democrats Can Come Back
Without question, the debate on "Why Gore Lost" in 2000 -- and why he and Bill Clinton won in 1992 and 1996 -- will continue to animate Democrats as the next election grows closer.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 24, 2021
Why A Magazine On 'Why Gore Lost'?
By Peter Ross Range
Didn't the vice president win the popular vote? Wasn't he perhaps the real winner in Florida? Yes on both counts. But the crucial question for Democrats seeking lessons from the 2000 election isn't whether Al Gore was -- or should have been -- the hairbreadth victor. It's how he got himself into such a squeaker in the first place.


DLC | New Dem Daily | December 14, 2020
A Good Ending -- And a Good Beginning
By Al From
Last night's speeches to the nation by Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush put an end to the longest presidential election in 124 years with finality and style. Now that the speeches and the campaign are over, the hard part begins. Democrats need to emulate the equanimity and even forgiveness of the Vice President's speech, and Republicans need to exhibit the humility shown last night in Austin.


DLC | New Dem Daily | December 4, 2020
The Florida GOP's Bad Idea
The Florida Courts are expected to rule this week on a bundle of lawsuits at the center of Vice President Gore's efforts to force additional ballots to be reviewed and counted in several Florida counties. But in the meantime, Florida's Republican legislative leaders are threatening to end-run this process by calling a special session and awarding the state's 25 electoral votes, and the presidency, to Gov. George W. Bush.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 14, 2020
Rising Stars
The Summer 2000 issue of The New Democrat magazine featured "One Hundred To Watch" -- profiles of 100 state and local elected officials representing the next wave of New Democrat leaders around the country. We're happy to report that quite a few of these rising stars in fact rose to the occasion on November 7 and moved up in the ranks of elected officials.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 13, 2020
Count the Votes in the Sunshine
Both campaigns need to forcefully stop the rapidly spreading partisan efforts to claim that the election has been or is being "stolen." Once we have the best possible count and recount in Florida, we'll see who actually "won." Then both sides must make a fateful decision: Are there circumstances that so egregiously and decisively affected the outcome that intervention by the courts is necessary, with all the delays and credibility problems that would entail?


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 10, 2020
Idea of the Week: Ignore Nader
By the logic of the Nader-as-Kingmaker story line, Al Gore would be planning his Administration today if he had snared a big chunk of Natural Law Party candidate John Hagelin's vote by engaging in a little transcendental meditation on the campaign trail, or if he had managed to seize some of Workers World Party candidate Monica Moorehead's support by quoting Karl Marx.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 8, 2020
The Morning After
While the presidential outcome is still shrouded in confusion, the Congressional and gubernatorial results are now pretty clear: New Democrats did very well on both fronts.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 7, 2020
Election Night: Stranger Than Fiction
As of 4:00am EST, the final unofficial returns from Florida have cut George W. Bush's lead in the state that will determine the presidency to 1210 votes, with some absentee and overseas ballots still out.... In the House, 64 of 65 NDC members appear to have won.... More....


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 6, 2020
Election Day 2000 "Racing Form"
To help you follow the races as the stories unfold, the New Dem Daily has prepared an election day "racing form," which groups the states according to poll closing times and provides a selected list of House, Senate and Governors' races thought to be highly competitive by most political analysts.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 6, 2020
Time for a Decision
In the end, it's about who will be the best President of the United States, maintaining today's peace and prosperity while working with a closely divided Congress.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 1, 2020
A Barnburner
You have to go back to the late 19th Century to find a year in which the two parties were so incredibly even in elections at every level of government. Those who believe that in today's era of peace and prosperity, there are really no serious stakes in this election, should think again. It will vitally effect the governing agenda of the public sector from the White House to every statehouse.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 31, 2020
GOTV, Oregon Style
In the parlance of political professionals, this last week of campaign 2000 is "GOTV (Get Out the Vote) time." Both parties predict that the national turnout won't be much above 50 percent. Meanwhile, in Oregon, turnout could hit 85 percent. What's the reason? The answer's in the mail.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 30, 2020
Shell Game
With Election Day just over the horizon, the Bush-Cheney ticket is hammering away on a simple message that it favors tax cuts for everybody and personal Social Security accounts for young folks, while Al Gore wants more federal spending. If everything else in the two campaigns' fiscal plans were the same, the Republicans might have a point. And if I had some ham, I could make a ham sandwich, if I had some bread....


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 25, 2020
Who Should Vote For Nader?
His own most consistent argument is that liberals everywhere should vote for him to punish Democrats for their centrist, New Democrat heresies of the past eight years (especially the support for international trade agreements and, well, for the dangerous economic theory of capitalism).


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 23, 2020
Who Can End Gridlock?
It's true that Gore, determined to show he's a "fighter," rarely talks about bipartisanship on the campaign trail. And lately Bush has talked about it every other minute. But that is no reason to doubt Gore's ability to get things done in a divided government. Just look at the record.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 18, 2020
Third Presidential Debate: Back to Basics
The final presidential debate of the 2000 campaign probably showed where both candidates intend to stand between now and November 7. Bush seems to believe his likeability gives him the credibility to offer a safe change. But the debate may prove to be a momentum-changer in Gore's direction, if he continues to make the case that he represents the next stage of the Clinton-Gore legacy.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 12, 2020
Second Presidential Debate: Missions Accomplished
Both presidential candidates came into last night's "informal roundtable" debate with a particular mission in mind, and both largely accomplished their missions -- but at a price.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 6, 2020
Vice Presidential Debate: A Class Act With Moments of Clarity
Like almost everyone who watched last night's vice presidential debate, we are proud of both candidates for a civil, substantive, and responsive exchange. Having said that, clear differences emerged that did not help the Bush-Cheney cause.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 4, 2020
First Presidential Debate: Clear Differences
From his first statement, Al Gore made it clear he would continue the overall economic policy of the Clinton-Gore Administration: a balanced federal budget, debt reduction, solvency for Social Security and Medicare, investments in education and health care, and targeted tax cuts. George W. Bush made it equally clear that "rebating" a big share of budget surpluses through across-the-board tax cuts was his most important fiscal and economic plank.


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