Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Open Letter to Hardball's Chris Matthews

Dear Chris,

You recently discribed Al Gore as "one slice short of a loaf".

Your promulgation of the false stereo typing of Al Gore as some sort of kooky fringe character on the broadcast was unfortunate. I think it is unfair and a false misrepresentation of the facts.

I think the facts support an argument that he should and would of been the president of this country if it had not been for the manipulation of the votes by now discredited Bush allies in Florida during the 2000 election and a conservative and a gutless US supreme court decision not to do anything about it. Maybe his election would of been able to stop 9/11 before it happened or in someway changed the course of history from the terrible state we find the world in today under the present administration.

But, I don't wish to cry to much over the spilled milk right now.

The truth, as I see it, is that Al Gore has more intelligence, understanding of the issues, integrity and vision in his little toe then George Bush, Cheney, or any of this administration's incompetent cronies combined.

Yet you continue this sham of dumbing down Gore's image instead of looking objectively at the real record of his accomplishments. It also begs the question of why you don't just as flippantly make fun of Bush? Who in my opinion is far more worthy of questions about his intelligence or "kooky or fringy" behavior. I suggest that in Bush's case you use "the wheel is turning but the gerbil is dead" next time you need a quick way to describe his presidency to date.

Gore has been right on the war in Iraq, Right on bringing attention to the effects of bad environmental policies, including global warming., Right on passionately raising questions about the competence and integrity of this nation's leaders and the way they have dealt with enemy combatants. Right on pointing out the mistakes in the run up and promotion of the mistaken war in Iraq. Right on how this administration has destroyed America's moral authority in the world.

He should be given credit for speaking out early and often on the major issues of the day. I think history will prove him correct. Also I find Gore's newfound passion refreshing and I hope he will consider running for the White House in 2008. He certainly appears to be a viable candidate, if he chooses to run.

Yet you find it amusing, for some reason, to continue to subtly assassinate his character by painting him to be some sort of fringe personality. This is also the favorite pastime of the right when it comes to Gore. I suspect it is because they, in truth, really fear him as a future political adversary. Republicans continue to use the now well understood tactic of character assassination and sort of "swift boating" everyone who doesn't agree with them in-order to destroy their opponents images in the eyes of potential voters.

If you disagree with us (Republicans) your suddenly a kook or nut. This is politics 101 in the school of Carl Rove. If he becomes a candidate in 2008 the next thing you know is that these despicable men will probably start a unsubstantiated rumor that Gore, let's say, has had a previously unreport sex change operation during the time he was serving in Viet Nam.

Okay Gore is different, but so was Abe Lincoln, one could argue. This did not diminish their value as leaders. Different is good. Why do you marginalize Gore with these shallow attacks on his character? Don't you think this country needs "different"? Obviiously, the same old shit isn't working anymore.

Your flippant style when reporting about Al Gore, only serves to undermines his value as a leader in the eyes of the people. This type of reporting plays a part in why we end up with the type of incompetents we have leading our nation now.


Vashon, WA

P.S. Here a a few more flippant descriptions of the Bush presidency and intelligence quotient that will work when you need them:

  • One sandwich short of a picnic.
  • One brick short of a load.
  • One egg short of an omelet.
  • The light is on, but nobody is home.
  • The elevator doesn't go to the top floor.
  • Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
  • Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • Not the brightest penny in the purse.
  • Not the brightest bulb on the tree.
  • If brains were money, he couldn't change a nickel.
  • If brains were taxed, he would get a refund.
  • The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but there is no train.
  • The starting gate is open, but he's still asking directions.
  • Bright as a flashlight after 5 years in a drawer.
  • As useless as a bucket without a bottom.
  • As useless as a knife without a blade.
  • As useless as a window without the glass.
  • Thinks "Middle East" means Virginia and Maryland.
  • Thinks "Red China" means dishes.
  • Thinks Latin Americans speak Latin.
  • Takes an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes.
  • Cruises the misinformation superhighway.
  • Called information to get the number for 911.

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