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Monday, March 10, 2003



Great Moments In Fence Straddling

Al Gore, in one of the 2000 Presidential debates, on his support for capital punishment:

GORE: I support the death penalty. I think that it has to be administered not only fairly with attention to things like DNA evidence, which I think should be used in all capital cases, but also with very careful attention. If, for example, somebody confesses to the crime and somebody is waiting on death row, there has to be alertness to say wait a minute, have we got the wrong guy? If the wrong guy is put to death, then that's a double tragedy. Not only has an innocent person been executed, but the real perpetrator of the crime has not been held accountable for it. And in some cases may be still at large. But I support the death penalty in the most heinous cases.

Now, I have some "file compression" software installed right between my ears, which boiled this down to "I support capital punishment as long as no one is ever executed".

This delightful memory came rushing back to me as we watch various Dems grapple with the seemingly imminent war with Iraq.




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