Sunday, February 25, 2007

Tonight at the Oscars: The Goracle

In anticipation of Al Gore's appearace on the red carpet this evening, there's an article in today's Washington Post titled Al Gore, Rock Star.
"Look, this guy was a visionary. He was right about everything, even the stuff he was ridiculed for," Bennett says. "He was right about the Internet, he was right about the first Gulf War, he was sure as hell right about the Iraq war. And he was right about global warming."
Right about everything? That would make him the anti-Cheney.

The Goracle 2008!


8 comments:

smijer said...

Alice, I think that Gore isn't going to run, because he wants Global Warming to not be a partisan issue, & he thinks running with it in the Dem platform will guarantee that it is. I don't think he's entirely wrong about that.



But, did you notice how both he & Ethridge made it a point to say that GW was not a political / partisan issue in their 2 seconds to speak at the Oscars? I think that's the biggest thing on his mind - getting everyone on board.

alice said...

smijer, I don't think he's definitely planning on running at this point, but he hasn't ruled it out yet either. He's going to wait and make sure the landscape is right first, but he is most definitely laying the groundwork for a possible campaign. He doesn't have to run -- he's got plenty of fulfilling and important work to keep him very busy -- but I think he would if he thought he could make a difference. He's doing a lot to advance the GW cause, but think about how much more he could do as leader of the free world! That's got to be very tempting for him, especially since he's been training for the White House for much of his adult life.



And it's things like this that help me keep hoping: The Assault on Reason (ETA May 22, 2007).

smijer said...

I want him to run just because I think he's head & shoulders above the rest of the field - but I think it might damage efforts to get the word out about GW. If GW becomes a Democratic presidential campaign issue, then GW will be (more so than already) swift-boated to death. Self-identifying R's will be even more reluctant to acknowledge the problem. People on the street will learn on their TV's in every nightly news segment that GW is a democratic political issue, not an environmental & social issue. By staying out of the race, I think Gore may be making a statement.



I think he's right. I still want him to run because he would be better than anyone else in that job, but I think he's right that it would possibly be a setback for gw education. It's not a political issue, but campaigning on it can make it look like one to the average dude.



I'll look forward to the Assault on Reason book. I'm interested to hear what he has to say in that. It's a topic near & dear to my heart as well.

smijer said...

BTW - our boy could use some defending - here

alice said...

Oh, gosh! Those people aren't going to change their minds. They're ideologues, not philosophers.

smijer said...

It's on drudge now, so word will go out to a lot more than "those people". btw, I've never met an ideologue who wasn't a living, breathing person. 99% have problems with their thinking, but most - if one is patient - can be helped to improve it. Even when their problem is ideological. BTW, I'm Malaga on RedState... Doing my part to penetrate the impenetrable.

alice said...

Gore has responded to the redstaters/drudge: here, here and here.

smijer said...

Yeah - I saw the dkos blurb...