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Hunter S. Thompson's Article about the Election: Quotes and URL

"This eerie Presidential election has been a painful experience for Gamblers. Almost everybody Lost."

"Gore was Doomed in Florida, and he knew it about halfway through Election night. The TV wizards had already given the state & its 25 precious Electoral Votes to Gore, which gave him an early lead and caused wild rejoicing in Democratic headquarters all over the country. My own immediate reaction was bafflement & surprise, and I think I almost believed it. ... But not really. The more I brooded on it, the more I was troubled by waves of Queasiness & shudders of Gnawing Doubt. I felt nervous & vaguely confused, as if I had just heard a dog speak perfect English for 30 or 40 seconds. That will get your attention, for sure. ... Some people get permanently de-stabilized by it."

And the best is:

"There was one exact moment, in fact, when I knew for sure that Al Gore would Never be President of the United States, no matter what the experts were saying -- and that was when the whole Bush family suddenly appeared on TV and openly scoffed at the idea of Gore winning Florida. It was Nonsense, said the Candidate, Utter nonsense. ... Anybody who believed Bush had lost Florida was a Fool. The Media, all of them, were Liars & Dunces or treacherous whores trying to sabotage his victory."

Here's the URL: http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson/

Comments

IMHO, it has been absolutely wonderful to see the machinery of our system at work. By this I mean the laws, precedent, and yes, the legal system. The legal system has always had a prominent role in our country's political dealings.

I'd hardly call it Eerie. It's an enormous civics lesson to millions -- this alone outweighs the relative benefit of either candidate.

Matt

Well, first of off, you really have to consider who Hunter S. Thompson is. If you haven't seen the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it's a good primer, and takes less than two hours. There are also numerous sites about him where you can find press releases from him from his "Owl Farm". The line about the elder Bush looking like a "tall hyena with live sheep in his mouth" is a hint also. I'm frankly amazed that ESPN actually let that freak have more access to the press via them.

As for the process, I love democracy. But how FL so easily discarded it's own law designed to protect against post-election win-engineering did baffle me a bit.

I honestly thought that Bush would wipe the floor with Gore considering in 1980 Carter was ahead of Reagan by 2-3% in the polls but Reagan got 483ish in the electoral college and Carter only 49.

I just thought I'd let you guys know about the HST article since I thought you'd like his "gonzo" reporting style. And that you were doing the post election gripe, in general.

Looking at how this election was determine makes me feel like Gore really is not concerned with the country but himself. Would we really want a person like this in office? Must have been the 8 years of hanging out with the Clintons.

That movie was not a very good representation of the book which is a drug culture classic. Hunter S has written some great stuff in Rolling Stone over the
years also. But since you are a "Bushite" you probably thing that rock n roll is satanic and prefer the ramblings of Jerry Fallwell.

The world needs more Hunter S Thompsons and LESS born again ASSHOLES
like Bush -

The implication being that dubya actually has the country's interests in mind, rather than his own?

I have little doubt that, were the tables turned, each candidate would readily assume the tactics of the other.

Neither one of these jokers has anything but their own interests in mind.

Matt

I have to say that's a pretty uninformed opinion, since you have obviously never met Mark, even posting anonymously.

As for heaping scorn on "Bushites" (or "Gories" for that matter), keep in mind that you are denegrating nearly fifty million people either way.

To simply dismiss either sides opinion out of hand is not only elitist, but dangerously narrow minded.

Matt

Eh, I figure Falwell and Thompson will both be burning in hell forever together. Though who'll be higher in the pecking order.

BTW, Flaming someone is just a tad rude. But if hatespeak is your thing, fine, fine. I am everyday people.

I'm not sure that Bush has that much to lose. Gore is a life-long politician. I think Bush would be just as happy to pick up another discount baseball club and work it into something he can sell for a profit.

Gore can't even fall back on being a senator as he lost his own home state. Though he could Hillary it and be the Senator from Cali/Oregon. I think that taking a job in Cali for a good 5-6 years and then running for Governor would also look nice.

The one thing that the entertainment talking heads say at times is that Speilberg et al will offer Clinton/Gore jobs in acting. I think Clinton will enjoy being an ex-president and having sex with lovely ladies of all nations. I don't know about Gore. But as an actor, he's no Keanu Reeves.

Note: Though I think if a young Al Gore movie were to be made, Keanu would be the dreamcast for him.

Note: Though I think if a young Al Gore movie were to be made, Keanu would be the dreamcast for him.

LOL!!! Finally, a worthwhile Keanu slam!

Matt

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