Skip to comments.Drafting Gore: There's Something In The Air
Posted on 07/23/2006 11:56:22 AM PDT by Mark
A very suspicious (and perhaps a tad demented) person might see more than just evidence of global warming in this heat wave that's crisping up the country of late. Clearly, there's a mysterious scheme afoot to get Al Gore elected or, re-elected if you like as president of the United States in 2008.
Laugh if you like, but chew on this: Can it be mere coincidence that a An Inconvenient Truth, a movie about a PowerPoint presentation that consists of mostly scientific exposition, by a guy once so stiff he made John Kerry seem like a drag queen, is a big box-office hit, while the new film by the Sixth Sense guy is such a dud? Or that the hottest summer in recent memory is also the summer when gas prices rose to absurd heights and stayed there?
Is it at all possible that a rare confluence of such disparate factors Al Gore as a movie star and best-selling author, record-breaking killer heat and a mad rush on hybrid cars before the ice caps melt and, whoops, there goes Florida is anything but part of a vast left-wing conspiracy?
Well, all you naysayers, it turns out there is indeed such as scheme. It's just not very mysterious or secret. In fact, the loosely affiliated Goristas behind AlGore.org, the most organized grass-roots draft-Gore campaign so far, want people to know exactly what they are up to. And what they are up to is trying to convince the world and the man himself why 2008 is the year of the Gore.
For one thing, Gore couldn't have bought this kind of political timing with all of Warren Buffet's fortune.
We're in the midst of the most brilliant campaign launch in history, even if he didn't mean it, said Dylan Malone, chairman of AlGore.org, the Internet home of a growing group of Gore to the Core loyalists. Malone and his group are hoping to capitalize on Gore's current celebrity to build a vast grass-roots network of Gore supporters and raise money. So far, they have collected $10,000 in one month just through Internet donations, Malone said.
Malone first became a fan of Gore in 2000, when he and his wife appealed to the presidential candidate for help when their insurance company denied his severely disabled son, Ian, the care he needed. Gore took on the issue of Ian's plight as a core of his campaign and developed a friendly relationship with the Malones that continues to this day. When Ian died last year from the complication of his injury, the first consolation call that came in was from Gore, Malone said, even before the grandparents.
Malone and other Goristas (their own nickname for themselves) aren't the only ones who are starting to think that Gore has a real shot in 2008. Martin Peretz, editor of The New Republic magazine, last week penned an editorial saying that not only is Gore a good choice, but he is electable. Earlier, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote the likelihood that Gore will seek the presidency is suggested not only by the logic of what he says but also by what he does not say.
Officially, Gore isn't running for anything other than Savior of the World. His only campaign is against global warming and the emissions that cause it. So what if the main opponents of his climate change campaign are Republicans? Coincidence, surely.
He's too good for presidential politics and too smart to run, Malone said. That's why we have to draft him.
Malone tried unsuccessfully to draft Gore for the race in 2004. But he is convinced that Gore will see he's the only hope for the Democratic party this time. Malone's got a good point. Democrats don't have much to offer in the primary campaign. Hillary Clinton might make a good candidate at some point in the future when she won't be lambasted simply for being a tough woman. We might have come a long way, baby, but a country still seriously considering rolling back basic rights for women isn't ready for a woman in the Oval Office.
Nor do the likely Republican candidates look all that strong. Rudy Giuliani might have gotten national attention after Sept. 11, but he hasn't done much in the five years since. Sen. John McCain does have the valuable vet and moderate thing going for him, but what has he done to save the world lately? And Newt Gingrich may have reinvented himself, but he still has a hard-right conservative edge and weird hair.
The Democrats certainly couldn't do much better than the man who gets rock-star treatment on his book tour. His famous wooden persona has relaxed from years performing before a live audience. And his earnest wonkiness has suddenly become an asset in a country that's starting to realize it has a gasoline addiction that is extremely hazardous to its health.
Plus, he won once. He might be able to do it again.
Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at email@example.com.
a tad demented fits.
"Can it be mere coincidence that a An Inconvenient Truth, a movie about a PowerPoint presentation that consists of mostly scientific exposition, by a guy once so stiff he made John Kerry seem like a drag queen, is a big box-office hit, "
Obviously the author is both an idiot and a shill for Gore. His "movie" has been a total BUST, and everyone knows it!!!
And you're dumb enough to think that.
Plus, he won once.
Hey, the Yankees scored more runs than the Diamondbacks in the 2000 World Series. I guess it doesn't matter that the rules say the Diamonbacks won the series because they won more games.
But but but the party faithful all went to see it on the opening weekend, comrade...
Run, Al, run... Please run!
"So far, they have collected $10,000 in one month just through Internet donations"
Oh my. Why, they'll have collected $1.2 million in ten years, and that's not even counting interest!
This would be great! Hilary vs. Gore. They can beat each other up in the primaries. By the time that's done, either of them would be too bloodied to face off against the Republican nominee.
Hey, it's a theory.
George Soros is good for another $50million in aid.
Hot air here in AZ too. It took Phoenix 74 years to break yesterdays record of 112. Just that alone tells me all I need to know about global warming. A lot of hot air indeed.
LOL.......hillary and algore in a fight to the death......wonder if skerry will enter for a three-way brawl?
Which Gore - or any other politician - would do what about? Besides attack the suppliers and have us all paying even higher prices, plus rationing.
We don't have an "addiction" to oil any more than we have an addiction to electric power, water, food or air. It is the lifeblood of modern civilization. We can't go back. Without it, we will die in a very short time. We should be working to increase and secure the supply of oil, not indulging in fantasies about "alternative fuels". There are no such things. Petroleum is it, for the foreseeable future. That's the real Inconvenient Truth.
That would be even better!
Beano'll take care of that.
Plus, he won once. He might be able to do it again.
If 2000 counts as a Gore win, than Dubya ought to be able to run again in '08. Fair is fair.
Where's that Algore pic where he's breathing fire ....
In general, liberals tend to dismiss, ignore, or are unaware of, the obvious.
Gore and Hilda? Let the carnival begin!
It's a bust only if you don't follow instructions. You have to drink the Kool Aid before you see the movie, not after.
"Can it be mere coincidence that a An Inconvenient Truth, ...is a big box-office hit, while the new film by the Sixth Sense guy is such a dud?"
Why does this silly author pick "the lady in the water" to compare it to? Why not "Pirates of the Caribbean" which is breaking all records?