Gore has gone through a complete transformation since the 1990's. He has plenty of fresh ideas of how to run the country. He is no more damaged than Richard Nixon was when he lost the 1960 election. This sort of baggage tends to wear off with time.
If Gore decides not to run, there will be plenty of other choices out there. I think that Gore might run IF enough people begged him to and IF he can get his message out over the noise of a hostile media. People are much more receptive to him now than they were back in 2000 on the left.
But if you want to take your time and think about it, I respect that choice totally. There is still plenty of time.
I saw a study that suggested that, although not in the graphic way you describe. I think Canada would be a more likely target, given the fact that it has a higher standard of living and has free medical care.
There is a big difference between reasonable fear and paranoia. Reasonable danger is based on rational thought as in, what are the consequences of this action. But paranoia, which is what I am talking about, is fear that is not based on rhyme or reason.
So, this is a process -- we need to first distinguish between reasonable fear and paranoia, then move to making decisions based totally on reason.
So, that means being smart, ruthless, and telling the truth. The latter is the big weapon we have that the Republicans don't.
First of all, Feingold is no fan of Likud or Sharon; he thinks that Ariel has done a horrible job. I think he would give voice to the vast majority of Jewish people who do not share the views of AIPAC -- 75% of Jews voted for Kerry in the last election and they opposed the war much more than the average population.
I think he is electable. First, because he is Jewish, he would do well in Florida, where we won there in 2000 if you don't accept the results. Secondly of all, he has been a constant critic of Democrats who he says don't have enough spine. After the watered-down version of the Patriot Act passed, he said that if the Democrats can't stand up to the President when he has 34% approval numbers, then when will they stand up?
He is very good at getting straight to the point and making it clear where he stands on the issues. The best example was where he was the only Senator to oppose the Patriot Act even though there was a lot of pressure on him to make it unanimous. And people in rural areas like people who let you know exactly where they stand on the issues even where they don't agree -- Feingold won many of these areas in the 2004 election.