August 28th, 2008
09:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Toobin: Gore's not a great orator, but still a hero to many

Gore is still a hero to many, Toobin says.

Gore is still a hero to many, Toobin says.

Al Gore is a poignant figure for many Democrats. The 2000 election is by now a long time ago, and the memories of the Florida recount are fading for many. But not for everyone.

I just wrote a book about the Supreme Court called The Nine, and I was struck by how fresh the wounds of Bush v. Gore still are for many people.

Watch: Gore: 'We must seize this opportunity'

Justice Antonin Scalia, who voted for Bush, is fond of saying that the losers in that case should "just get over it." Many still haven't.

As we saw today, Al Gore is not a great orator. But he's a hero to many - and many still believe he was robbed in 2000.

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Right to the point, and good on substance. don't care how dry the media says it was. I'm voting on issues not drama for the media

    Go Obama / Biden 08

    August 28, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Harvey Parhar

    With the exception of Clintons, Democrats do not have a message. They are all over the place. They need hand holding, conversations on gender, race and they like to play victim of circumstances. No leadership whatsoever and it's all evident from democrat convention.

    The clintons, especially Bill Clinton, are the real heros of democratic party that I have come to know. They have a message.

    I am a life long democrat and I will be voting for McCain.

    Harvey from OH

    August 28, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. Independent Dave

    Robbed of the presidency and still willing to sacrifice for his country. A true Patriot!

    Thank you Mr. Gore! Keep fighting!

    August 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Ron


    I hope you will do whats best for your country on election day

    Go Obama / Biden 08

    August 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. Tbone

    If you're voting for McCain, you're no Democrat. You might be a Republican, a member of a cult of personality, or you might even be a whiner, but you're no Democrat.

    August 28, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Hey what about a McCain/ Hillary ticket, that would be interesting.....

    August 28, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He spoke well. I wish that he had won the presidency. We could have used his leadership and respectablity. Bush doesn't have any of that; never will after all the mistakes he made.

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Tempered

    You bet Al Gore was robbed - but so were the millions of Americans who voted for him. In fact, the entire country was robbed of what could have been during the last eight years. What a bleeping shame.

    August 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. Jim in Orlando

    Gore is a pampered idiot, who could not carry water in the Republican Party, but easily qualifies as an icon in the Democratic Party. He was a lousy politician. He's not even an armchair scientist. But the lemmings follow. Hey Al, all of mankind could drop dead tomorrow. And global warming, then global cooling, will go on, and on, and on, just as it has for millenia. Go buy a few more carbon credits windbag.

    August 28, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. Babs

    What has Al Gore sacrificed for his country? List, please.

    August 28, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Martie Johnson

    May God Bless America! You must all be so proud to be American tonite. I'm a senior Canadian living in Toronto and have been glued to CNN for the week and am overwhelmed by Obama's speech tonite. Surely you will elect this wonderful man to be your next president. I could not bear to watch John McCain – and probably never will. American needs a change – that will change the world (including my country). I envy you.

    The gang at CNN did a fabulous job of covering this convention – bless of you – have enjoyed all of your comments so much.

    August 28, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. California Gold

    The country's suspicions of shady voting practices in key states which robbed Gore of the 2000 election were proven in 2004.

    Nevertheless, Bush was appointed in 2000. There was no "win". Thus he did not run for "re-election" in 2004. Ok, maybe semantics but it is correct.

    Gore has indeed moved on to issues of importance to the planet and by doing so made President Bush look like a blithering fool when he kept claiming there was no such thing as global warming. The issues and need to accept reality and make change is, Mr. Toobin, far more important than one's ability o orate vociferously.

    August 28, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Annette, Washington, DC

    Gore speech was incredible too!

    August 28, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. Willy

    This nitwit is still around?

    August 28, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. susieq2

    Different styles and different messages but each has had his/her role.
    Great convention! I thought Al Gore was great.....and yes, he was robbed.

    August 28, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Danny

    Who cares? he is talking about global warming while he is having comfortable life and traveling with own jet. Stupid guy.

    August 28, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. Shawna

    There are many of us that feel Al Gore was robbed in 2000 and will never get over that. Not only was he robbed but the American people, this country that I love and respect so much was then thrown to the wolfs.Al Gore is a HERO in my book and has set a place in history for himself.

    August 29, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Don

    For me it isn't a question of who won and lost in 2000. It is a question of the Supreme Court's priorities.

    Two major problems with Bush v. Gore:
    1) they ruled on what should have been considered a political question, politicizing the Court
    2) they usurped a right of the Florida Supreme Court to rule on Florida State law, directly against the Constitution's reservation of rights to the several states

    August 29, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. john casavecchia

    I am still heartbroken how he has really ignored the most brilliant.....Hillary.They will see the day when they will all reget this-and think of what COULD have been.I have never voted Republican in my life but they have left me with no choice.What were THEY thinking ???

    August 29, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  20. kmarcus122

    While he's not as good as Senator Obama, Gore is miles ahead of where he was speaking-wise in 2000.

    Gore rocks!!!

    August 29, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
1 2 3