Sunday, May 21, 2006

Gore: "No, no, no."

After recent speculation that he was positioning himself for a run, Al Gore has strongly rejected the idea. But will people accept "no" as definitive? Perhaps when he says, "No," he really means, "Yes."


Blogger chuck b. said...

People who say "no" interest us more than people who say "yes". (I've personally found that a strategic "no" can work well in private life too.) Although, irrelevantly, in an essay a few years ago, Dave Eggars called people who say "no" pussies. He's really into the yes.

5:11 PM  
Blogger chuck b. said...

And then there's the people who say yes when they really mean no. They're the worst. You ask them for something and they say yes because they want to seem polite and helpful. Then when it's time to perform, they can't or they won't. And somewhere inside you knew they were never going to come through, even when they said yes. They start off trying to be polite but end up in a land far beyond rude.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Meade said...

And that's why Al Gore lost in 2000. Too polite. Too pussy. Too no.

4:09 PM  

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