New theories on the Gore-Clinton split

Lucianne.com posters weigh in. Plus: What to do with that summer tax rebate?


Anthony York
June 6, 2001 12:39AM (UTC)

Anger management

The Hotline reports on Marjorie Williams in the July issue of Vanity Fair discussing the ongoing spat between Al Gore and Bill Clinton.

"After Al Gore presided over the certification of George W. Bush's victory, he went back to the White House to a party on the South Lawn that gathered staffers from President Clinton's eight years in office. When he arrived, Gore 'got a rousing ovation.' But it was 'hard not to notice' that the Clinton tribute 'did not include' much mention of the outgoing vice president. One former White House aide: 'You had to work at not having Gore included in that. ... They obviously did.' Clinton and Gore were 'barely on speaking' terms then. As of mid-May, the two had not spoken since the day of Bush's inauguration," the Hotline reports, quoting from Williams' article.

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Folks at Lucianne.com were riveted by the news.

"I haven't been this transfixed since the tragic split of Ellen Degeneres and Anne Heche," writes one poster.

"As one enlightened poster yesterday stated and I paraphrase, 'If Al Gore can hate Clinton, Why can't we?' asks another. "Brilliant!! How can any among the PC crowd presume to tell us how to think or who to hate when their poster boy felt the same way we do about Clinton?"

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Others took the opportunity for some more rumor mongering. Or was it a bad joke? It's getting harder to tell ...

"I thought there was some mention of Clinton hitting on Tipper that got to Gore. Anyone else hear/read that?"

Developing hard ...

Anger management II

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With the Bush tax plan set to become law, and summer rebate checks of $300 for every tax-paying American in the mail, many of you must be wondering what in the world you're going to do with all the extra money. Well, Tony Adams has an idea for you.

Adams has launched a new site called taxrebatepledge.org.

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"The concept is simple," he explains. "The only thing we are asking people to do is pledge that when they receive their tax rebate check they will donate that money to an existing organization that is fighting against George W. Bush and his agenda. Organizations like the Sierra Club, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, etc.

"We provide a list of organizations (and we will add to it) but we make no recommendations. When the tax rebates start going out, we will send an email to people reminding them of their promise to fund the fight against Bush and his agenda. There is a running total of the amount pledged that is displayed on every page. Hopefully, if enough people pledge, we can get the total up high and get some real momentum to this project and the orgs fighting Bush will really benefit. Just to clairfy, we are NOT asking anyone to send us money and we will not profit from any money donated. We are only asking for a promise to fund the fight with the tax rebate!"

The tally so far?

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"$1,300 PLEDGED TO DATE BY 4 CONCERNED AMERICANS!"

Folks at the Free Republic were calling for more radical action.

"Save America. Nuke Washington D.C." writes one poster.


Anthony York

Anthony York is Salon's Washington correspondent.

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