Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
Please Support CounterPunch’s Annual Fund Drive
We don’t run corporate ads. We don’t shake our readers down for money every month or every quarter like some other sites out there. We only ask you once a year, but when we ask we mean it. So, please, help as much as you can. We provide our site for free to all, but the bandwidth we pay to do so doesn’t come cheap. All contributions are tax-deductible.
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Gore, Dean and the Greens

Now that he is free of Washington, Al Gore feels invigorated. Not that if he had been elected, America would have acted monumentally different than George W. Bush since 2000; but surely it is comforting for us to think so. Nonetheless, by the time your eyes scour this page, Gore will have endorsed Howard Dean for President of the United States, arguing all mayhem could have been averted had a Dem been in office.

It really is the endorsement Dean has been looking for — Gore is an insider, who’s ties to the Democratic elite will help boost his outsider image, and gain respect among affluent centrist Democrats.

Within the corporate wing of the Party, Dean has been labeled a fringe leftist, incapable of reaching out to the Party’s conservative patrons. And Gore’s endorsement is just what the doctor from Vermont ordered.

It is politics as usual. Gore is backing the governor because Dean is strongly leading vital primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. The more conservatives that back Dean, the less the Democratic Party looks like wild-eyed progressives. And oh, dear no, they can’t stand the thought of that sort of label.

Why else do you think they flew Al Gore, and Bill Clinton into San Francisco to rally behind corporate embedded Democratic Mayoral candidate, Gavin Newsom? Because they fear their party is losing vital credibility, even in historic strongholds like the Bay Area.

The progressive candidacy in San Francisco of an ex-Democrat turned Green, Matt Gonzalez; is the second Californian testimonial after Arnold’s win, that proves the Democrats are virtually through as an oppositional party. And a trip to Cali from Gore and Clinton will only inflame this breeding fervor.

Not many diehards argue the Democrats are really progressive anyway. That’s the beauty when arguing semantics with a bemused Dem. Even Dean, a media labeled antiwar candidate, doesn’t pass the lefty piss test. He’s a neoliberal Zionist with a fancy for the racist death penalty. A Gore endorsement will only solidify Dean as an establishment candidate, who is willing to work from the inside out. No big surprise.

And they still think this sort of posture can win elections?

Well, it can’t for long. Gonzalez’s bid for mayor in San Francisco is about two things; instant run-off voting, and a populist dislike for Democratic politics as usual. Greens may not compete on the national stage until run-off voting is in place, but the dislike for Dem stances is thriving more and more with every passing election cycle.

And Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean shouldn’t come as a surprise. Dean isn’t a liberal anyway; he’s a Wall Street Democrat who has raised over $100,000 in the last 4 weeks from corporations like of IBM, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley. And corporate sponsorships of this sort are surely to rise in the months to come.

“Rally around the family,” is the new Democrat motto, where prominent Dems flock to support kin like Gavin Newsom and Howard Dean. It may surely cost them their decade’s reign in San Francisco, along with the contested White House in 2004. We need alternatives, not centrists.

If Democrats learned anything from Gore’s loss in 2000, it should have been that playing by the rules of electoral politics, costs them crucial elections. Whether it is losing to Bush three years ago, or that shameful loss of the Senate in 2002-the Democrats have not provided voters with real options to counter the Republican attack. If they had done so, they would have won.

Gore’s visits to San Francisco, and now to New York to endorse Howard Dean-are filled with false hopes that the old “family” can save the dieing day. But, in the long run Gore’s endorsement will ultimately hurt Howard Dean. And if it doesn’t cost Newsom the election this time around to Matt Gonzalez, it will cost him the race in four years, when San Franciscans realize real progressive change means electing real progressive candidates, not politicians as usual. Too bad Democrats aren’t realizing this already. Because next year will be another sad one for the lost Democrats if they don’t.

JOSH FRANK is a writer living in New York. His work has appeared in Left Turn Magazine, Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, Z Magazine, among others. He can be reached at frank_joshua@hotmail.com

 

More articles by:

JOSHUA FRANK is managing editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book, co-authored with Jeffrey St. Clair, is Big Heat: Earth on the Brink, to be published by AK Press next month. He can be reached at joshua@counterpunch.org. You can troll him on Twitter @joshua__frank

October 16, 2018
Gregory Elich
Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure?
Rob Seimetz
Talking About Death While In Decadence
Kent Paterson
Fifty Years of Mexican October
Robert Fantina
Trump, Iran and Sanctions
Greg Macdougall
Indigenous Suicide in Canada
Kenneth Surin
On Reading the Diaries of Tony Benn, Britain’s Greatest Labour Politician
Andrew Bacevich
Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate: a Letter to Elizabeth Warren
Thomas Knapp
Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Muhammad Othman
Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos
Gerry Brown
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: How the US Weaponizes Them to Accuse  China of Debt Trap Diplomacy
Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker – Peter Lehman
The Brazilian Presidential Elections and “The Rules of The Game”
Robert Fisk
What a Forgotten Shipwreck in the Irish Sea Can Tell Us About Brexit
Martin Billheimer
Here Cochise Everywhere
David Swanson
Humanitarian Bombs
Dean Baker
The Federal Reserve is Not a Church
October 15, 2018
Rob Urie
Climate Crisis is Upon Us
Conn Hallinan
Syria’s Chessboard
Patrick Cockburn
The Saudi Atrocities in Yemen are a Worse Story Than the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Sheldon Richman
Trump’s Middle East Delusions Persist
Justin T. McPhee
Uberrima Fides? Witness K, East Timor and the Economy of Espionage
Tom Gill
Spain’s Left Turn?
Jeff Cohen
Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters
Dean Baker
Corporate Debt Scares
Gary Leupp
The Khashoggi Affair and and the Anti-Iran Axis
Russell Mokhiber
Sarah Chayes Calls on West Virginians to Write In No More Manchins
Clark T. Scott
Acclimated Behaviorisms
Kary Love
Evolution of Religion
Colin Todhunter
From GM Potatoes to Glyphosate: Regulatory Delinquency and Toxic Agriculture
Binoy Kampmark
Evacuating Nauru: Médecins Sans Frontières and Australia’s Refugee Dilemma
Marvin Kitman
The Kitman Plan for Peace in the Middle East: Two Proposals
Weekend Edition
October 12, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Becky Grant
My History with Alexander Cockburn and The Financial Future of CounterPunch
Paul Street
For Popular Sovereignty, Beyond Absurdity
Nick Pemberton
The Colonial Pantsuit: What We Didn’t Want to Know About Africa
Jeffrey St. Clair
The Summer of No Return
Jeff Halper
Choices Made: From Zionist Settler Colonialism to Decolonization
Gary Leupp
The Khashoggi Incident: Trump’s Special Relationship With the Saudi Monarchy
Andrew Levine
Democrats: Boost, Knock, Enthuse
Barbara Kantz
The Deportation Crisis: Report From Long Island
Doug Johnson
Nate Silver and 538’s Measurable 3.5% Democratic Bias and the 2018 House Race
Gwen Carr
This Stops Today: Seeking Justice for My Son Eric Garner
Robert Hunziker
Peak Carbon Emissions By 2020, or Else!
Arshad Khan
Is There Hope on a World Warming at 1.5 Degrees Celsius?
David Rosen
Packing the Supreme Court in the 21stCentury
Brian Cloughley
Trump’s Threats of Death and Destruction
Joel A. Harrison
The Case for a Non-Profit Single-Payer Healthcare System
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail