Sunday, February 25, 2007



Former vice presidents... what ever happens to them? They play golf and stage hissy fits at John Mellencamp concerts like Dan Quayle? Not Al Gore. He's accomplished more since he left office than when he was in it-- and now he's being heralded as a "rock star" and the "coolest ex-vice president. Almost everyone I know who talks about who they support for president has the same qualifier... "unless Al Gore runs."

DWT endorsed him in 2005 and 2006; this will be our 2007 endorsement. We hearby endorse the only American ex-vice president to win an Oscar (and soon to win a Nobel Peace Prize). My guess is that with the exception of al-Qaida-- who will do anything to keep the Republicans in power-- the entire world is rooting for Gore to win the Nobel Prize and the presidency. Will he run?

Al didn't only win the Oscar tonight because every sane person on the planet wants him to be president. Did you see the movie he made? It kicks ass. "An Inconvenient Truth," is basically Al giving an hour and a half slide show about global warming. It's the third-highest-grossing documentary ever, with a worldwide box office of $45 million, right behind blockbusters "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "March of the Penguins."
"He is more popular now than he ever was in office, and he knows it," says Laurie David, one of the producers of "Inconvenient Truth" and a Hollywood environmental activist (and wife of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David) who has traveled around the world promoting the film with Gore. "He's a superhero now."

Everyone I know, inside politics and outside, wants Al to run for president. Imagine someone like him who we've come to admire and trust as a human being, someone concerned with the welfare of our planet, instead of... some beady-eyed triangulator who has one thing going for her: better than a Republican. According to a recent story in the Boston Globe "Gore could raise large amounts of money very quickly based on his record and name recognition, and his statements about the 2008 race haven't foreclosed the possibility of reconsidering at a later date. Several observers, including supporters and detractors, say they could envision a political drama in which the current candidates become sullied over the Iraq war and liberal voters call for Gore to enter the race."

If tonight's Oscar doesn't do it, the Nobel Peace Prize should.
The fear and hatred from the extremists and neo-fascists is so hysterical that it is clear that Gore is what they are most afraid of. And for good reason. There are half a dozen Draft Al websites (like this one and this one) and, unlike Democratic pols such as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, he has a long and clear record of opposing Bush's attack on Iraq. "In 2002, Gore roundly denounced plans for an invasion at a time when few Democrats did so, saying in one of many speeches attacking the war, 'The chaos in the aftermath of a military victory in Iraq could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently have from Saddam' [Hussein]."

Despite what George Clooney said when introducing the nominees for Best Supporting Actress, I think Al will run, will win and will help us save ourselves from the catastrophe that ensued when the presidency he won in 2000 was stolen from him. The world is ready for Al Gore.

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At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping to find someones out cry for the great diservice done to the television viewing public by ABC broadcasting of the academy awards. I am happy for Mr. Gore's win, but am very unhappy for the teleplay of the broadcast during singer Melissa Etheridge's performance. I think Ms Etheridge and her band would have rather foregone there close up's during there performance and let the messages being projected behind them been viewed by the public. I think ABC broadcasting and the academy awards have done a great diservice to the world. I do hope that the award presented to the movie" An Inconvenient Truth" will bring more awareness. I just feel sensored during that performance because it was obviously a moving message judging by the reaction of the in house audience afterwards.

At 3:19 AM, Blogger Psychomikeo said...

To me Gore is nothing more than another son of a politician. He had his chance & blew it (or was robbed) by giving up the fight over the election he left us with King George II. It's time for new blood, not another son of a politician. He will never get my vote.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous teach said...

Gore can beat Hagel. I hope he runs. I was hesitant to say so, but I hear many people wishing he would run. That makes me think people are ready for a real statesman.

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Dr. X said...

The way the Award show went last night, I must wonder if the the timing of the Geffen-Hollywood spanking of Hillary last week wasn't a set up to make Al look all the more attractive in contrast to Hillary who looked petty and calculating. Whether or not it was intentional, I think it worked for Gore, although I found the adulation a bit over the top, playing into the hands of the right wing that portrays Hollywood as a monolothic liberal force.

Of course, the right wing is ridiculing the idea that Gore has a chance, but the right has become so out of touch with reality one can almost assume that the opposite of whatever they say is true. Reading the blogs and comments, it's clear to me that today's right routinely confuses their feelings with reality which is what they correctly accused many on the left of doing in the past. Today, it's the left that is made up of realists and the right that has become a political kook bin.

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous me said...


Jesus, that would be a first.

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous E.P. said...

Gore, like Jor-El, warned his planet about possible extinction if the people continued it's short-sighted ways. The Superman analogy works on different levels. Gore may be a fortunate son, but he's one many of us can support. A Gore-Obama ticket would be unbeatable.


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