But for all of Gore’s exuberance at running away from the nightmare of 2000, it didn’t translate for the audience (who, because the press was kept from meeting rooms, has emerged as the main source of news about the event). “I thought it was awful,” says a Washington lawyer who attended the retreat. “The energy was low, people weren’t into it. The audience gave him the proper applause at the right lines, for example, when he admitted mistakes were made, and when he said he’d be his own man. But you have to remember: this all had a similar tone to statements he made to us in the summer of 2000, when his campaign was flagging. We’ve heard this all before.”
According to another Washington-area retreater, Gore was asked some tough questions but made only the mildest attempt to address them. “He was hard on himself verbally, and he took it from the audience. But when they asked him questions, like about why he changed his strategies in the debates, he just blamed the consultants and himself and then moved on. You never got the sense he was really taking it all to heart. The weekend was just an exercise to exorcise the ghost of 2000. I wasn’t impressed. I’m going to have a sit-down with Edwards this fall and make a decision.”
A Washington lobbyist who has worked on two Gore presidential bids likewise said that based on what he saw and heard, he’s considering himself a free-agent for 2004. “Maybe Lieberman, maybe Edwards, maybe Kerry. I don’t know, but there’s time now. After Memphis, I know who I most likely won’t be working for.”
That said, the naysayers all admitted that coming out of the weekend, it appeared that Gore had shored up at least initial financial support within the core group of big-money types he needs to keep an edge in fundraising. “When everything is said and done,” said the D.C. lobbyist, “the people Gore most had to impress were the money people. If he wins the nomination, I’ll have to fall back and support him. If the money people walked away with their wallets closed, that would have been something he could not overcome.”p>
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