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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

An Anecdote About the Al Gore Event that Didn’t Make it into Tomorrow’s Paper

posted by on June 5 at 15:23 PM

According to an employee at Elliott Bay Book Company, which organized Al Gore’s talk and signing last night at Town Hall Seattle, a bunch of Elliott Bay employees had to rush over some stanchions before the event started. They took a taxi. As they were riding over in the taxi with the stanchions, they got to talking with the cab driver. When the driver learned that the stanchions were for an Al Gore event, he refused to accept payment for the ride. Because he loves Al Gore.

Dude’s GOTTA run. He just has to. I’d hoped people would be chanting so loudly for him to run at last night’s event that he wouldn’t be able to get a word in edgewise. The only chanting was by LaRouchebags. Ah well.

Now please enjoy this picture of four would-be Gore voters in Town Hall’s lobby last night: Dan Savage, King County Councilmember Dow Constantine, Annie Wagner, and some tall guy. Bill Anthony took it.


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I hope someone was there to kick those little techn-fascist's ass (LaRouchebags). They are constantly dowtown harassing people.

Posted by crazycatguy | June 5, 2007 3:36 PM

You guys look like nesting Russian dolls, just slightly out of order.

Posted by Play Doh | June 5, 2007 3:44 PM

stanchions are: stan·chion (stān'chən, -shən) Pronunciation Key

1. An upright pole, post, or support.
2. A framework consisting of two or more vertical bars, used to secure cattle in a stall or at a feed trough.


Posted by brad | June 5, 2007 3:58 PM

Ooo la la--Wagner joins Barnett as another young hottie at the Stranger.

Posted by Sammie | June 5, 2007 4:00 PM

@#3: aka, the velvet rope.

frizelle, is that you on the end?

Posted by jzilla | June 5, 2007 4:05 PM

Is that Colby Underwood?

Posted by Sam | June 5, 2007 4:19 PM

Strike a pose...

Posted by Brad | June 5, 2007 4:40 PM

Glad Dan has finally stepped away from the dark side.

And Annie's always been that way.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 5, 2007 5:35 PM

Do you people who want Gore to run again have any plan for doing something about the way he's portrayed in the mainstream press? If you look at the press coverage of Gore for the last 8-10 years, it begins to seem incontrovertible that, as a group, the press corps has a personal, borderline-pathological hatred of Gore for whatever reason (on top of their generic laziness and incompetence at covering ANY issue, of course). For two solid years before the 2000 election they framed one fake story after another around negative Gore-scripts -- he's a liar ("invented the internet", farm chores, Love Story, etc.), he would do/say anything to get elected ("earth tones"), he's boring, he's a know-it-all ("sighing" during the debates), etc., etc., etc. And since 2000, any speech or other public appearance he makes (including An Inconvenient Truth, or the new book), they have completely ignored it on its merits and framed it as groundwork for another presidential run, launching more rounds of vicious attacks as a pre-emptive strike against his possibly accruing any credibility as a result. (For example, here's Friend of Slog Andrew Sullivan in 2002: "His comments on the war do not surprise me....They just show that he is a pure opportunist, with no consistency in his political views on foreign or domestic policy. He’ll say whatever he thinks will get him power or attention or votes....Gore is happy to see Saddam stay in place.") Even the Gore fans at the Stranger put out benign versions of some of the same spins -- like Dan's comments about Gore's weight in the earlier post. Are there any grounds for thinking that this won't start all over again, if he runs? Or that (entirely aside from his merits as a candidate) he would be electable if it did?

Posted by Suggested Reading | June 5, 2007 5:44 PM

Dan's got a big package!

Posted by SavageLover | June 5, 2007 5:46 PM

Dude DOES gotta run. Every time he doesn't I get my heart broken all over again. He would so win, and he's sooooo much better than Clinton, Obama, and all those other douche bags.

Posted by JessB | June 5, 2007 6:03 PM

Dude's GOTTA run! He invented the internet!


Posted by Gomez | June 5, 2007 8:05 PM

Also, yeah, I've gotta reserve a seat on the 'Annie Wagner is cute' bandwagon.

Posted by Gomez | June 5, 2007 8:12 PM

@9 - Dude, paragraphs.

They're what's in.

Use them.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 5, 2007 10:41 PM

Has anybody ever seen Annie Wagner and Liz Phair in the same place at the same time? Very suspicious...

Posted by Regina Balogna | June 6, 2007 9:06 AM

Dude should definitely NOT run. Would he have been on the Inconvenient Truth bandwagon if he actually had been elected? Doubtful. Like Carter, he's finding he can actually do more and influence people and policy more effectively not in office than when he's hamstrung by every single little thing he'd say, think or do as pres. Given how our political system works these days, he'd be no more effective as pres than Obama. But he's much more influential now when he's free to pursue whatever he wants. C'mon people, isn't that clear enough by now, stop begging the man to run!

Posted by Courtney | June 6, 2007 12:04 PM

Annie Wagner must be even smaller than I am - Dow Constantine's not exactly a big fella, and I'm a couple inches shorter than he is - but Annie barely comes up to his chin! Either that, or the picture's perspective is odd.

Posted by Geni | June 6, 2007 3:13 PM

I'm 5'4''. It's the lens.

Posted by annie | June 6, 2007 3:19 PM

I figured that was probably the case, as I'm 5'2" and only a couple inches shorter than Dow - to be as much smaller than Dow as that picture makes it appear, you'd be about 4'10".

Posted by Geni | June 6, 2007 3:40 PM


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