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Oscar Today, White House Tomorrow?
Bill Press ^ | March 1, 2007 | Bill Press

Posted on 03/08/2007 6:16:56 PM PST by NotchJohnson

Among potential Democratic candidates for president, he may be the best of them all.

He’s a Vietnam vet. He’s been against the war in Iraq since the beginning. He’s leading the fight against global warming. He served as congressman, senator and vice president of the United States. He’s star of one of the most successful documentary films in history. He just won an Oscar. And he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yes, Al Gore’s on a roll. So why doesn’t he run for president? That’s what a lot of Democrats are asking. And even some Republicans. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman, recently wrote a column practically begging Gore to run. After all, advised Scarborough, Gore “has to know that while fame in Hollywood can be fleeting, history may finally be breaking his way. 2008 is looking like Al Gore’s year.”

That’s one Republican’s opinion. Here’s the opinion of one Democrat: If Gore does decide to run for president, I think he would be making a big mistake.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to see Al Gore in the White House. He’d make a great president. And if anybody deserves to occupy the Oval Office, he does. After all, he won the 2000 election by over half a million votes — and there are half a million reasons why we’d be better off today if the Supreme Court hadn’t denied him, and us, the crown.

Nevertheless, I still I think it would be a mistake for Gore to run. First of all, let’s be frank, he wasn’t that good a candidate in 2000. He’s much stronger now, much looser, and much more comfortable in his own skin. I wouldn’t want him to go back to obsessing over earth tones.

And besides, while the media builds him up now, they couldn’t wait to bring him down once he became a politician again. Take the latest flap over Gore’s personal energy use. The morning after his Oscar triumph, a self-proclaimed “non-partisan” think tank accused Gore of talking the talk but not walking the walk on energy conservation. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research reported that Gore’s Nashville home consumed 220,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, 20 times the national average. Horrors! Is the man a hypocrite on his own issue?

Hardly. Consider the inconvenient truth. The so-called “non-partisan” Tennessee think tank is actually a spin-off of the very partisan, Exxon-supported American Enterprise Institute. They launched their attack against Gore on the very partisan Drudge Report Web site, where it was immediately picked up by “fair and balanced” Fox News. And, of course, they misrepresented the facts.

True, Gore’s utility bill counts 221,000 kilowatt hours a year. But that’s for a 20-room mansion with two private offices, one for Al, one for Tipper; a guest house; and special security measures. To offset that heavy energy consumption, Gore does, in fact, practice what he preaches. He signed up for the local utility’s “Green Power Switch,” where families can calculate the carbon footprint of their residence, and buy offsets — used to provide wind and solar energy or plant trees. Through offsets, Gore has reduced his own carbon footprint to zero — which costs him an extra $6,000 a year.

See what I mean? No matter how much good Al Gore does for the planet, his enemies lie in wait to try and destroy him, just like they did in 2000. Eight years later, I’d hate to see him go through that painful process all over again.

And why bother? Today, he’s a rock star. He’s one of the most popular people on the planet. He’s doing more good, and having more fun, than he could ever enjoy as president. Together with Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore is living proof that you don’t have to be president to make an important contribution — and that, in fact, being president might prevent you from doing so.

So my advice to Al Gore: Don’t do it. At least not yet. Who knows what’s going to happen between now and December? The Democratic field of candidates represents the greatest collection of political talent since Thomas Jefferson ran against John Adams. But Clinton could stumble, Obama could fade, and Biden, Dodd, Edwards and Richardson could fail to ignite.

And then, who knows? But for now: Don’t run, Al, don’t run.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; algore; billpress; oscar
OK, so Gore was technically a Viet Nam Vet even though he was surrounded by more bodyguards than The King of Pop. Also, there is more talent in this years Democrat crop since Jefferson and Adams? Press shuld write for MAD Magazine.
1 posted on 03/08/2007 6:16:58 PM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: NotchJohnson

Sounds as though the only award Albore hasn't won is the 'most pounds shed' from Weight Watchers!


2 posted on 03/08/2007 6:19:33 PM PST by hardworking (The 'best' Republican candidate is the one that can defeat Hitlery-Osama. Period.)
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To: NotchJohnson

Al Gore has exactly the same chance of being elected president as the polar ice caps have of melting due to man-made global warming.

And exactly the same chance of the press salivating over "the possibility".

I didn't notice all this speculation when, say, Dan Quayle had been out of office for 6 years.


3 posted on 03/08/2007 6:20:48 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Carbon Dioxide is plant food, not pollution.)
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To: NotchJohnson

Is this scrappleface? I wonder what the SEC has to say about AlGore's movie now that his "carbon credit" scam is public knowledge. Was it a mock-u-drama or a prospectus?


4 posted on 03/08/2007 6:21:11 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Prevent Glo-Ball Warming ... turn out the sun when not in use)
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To: NotchJohnson

Snowball in hell comes to mind.


5 posted on 03/08/2007 6:21:29 PM PST by doc1019 (Fred Thompson 08)
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To: NotchJohnson
Another Bill Press article for the Pooper Scooper

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6 posted on 03/08/2007 6:21:37 PM PST by digger48
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To: NotchJohnson

He was there six months .....


7 posted on 03/08/2007 6:22:36 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Those That Would Rather Have Security Than Freedom Deserve Neither")
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To: digger48

Press went from having a show on CNN (when people watched it) to having his own blog. I would think he is bitter for many reasons.


8 posted on 03/08/2007 6:23:27 PM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: digger48
Another Bill Press article for the Pooper Scooper

Very well said! lol

9 posted on 03/08/2007 6:23:40 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: NotchJohnson

Is this guy real?


10 posted on 03/08/2007 6:24:15 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NotchJohnson

>>>Oscar Today, White House Tomorrow?

Hell no.


11 posted on 03/08/2007 6:24:22 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (I hate Bill Maher.)
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To: NotchJohnson

12 posted on 03/08/2007 6:24:52 PM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: NotchJohnson

Is this Scrappleface?


13 posted on 03/08/2007 6:25:58 PM PST by Disambiguator (If it sounds to good to be true, it's probably sarcasm.)
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To: Mo1

Are the tags still on that uniform? Don't rifles work better if there is a magazine in them?


14 posted on 03/08/2007 6:26:34 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NotchJohnson
Exxon-supported American Enterprise Institute

Proof that this is B.S. (but you instinctively knew that)http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009649

15 posted on 03/08/2007 6:27:04 PM PST by Excellence (Vote Dhimmocrat; Submit for Peace! (Bacon bits make great confetti.))
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To: NotchJohnson

Is this a joke?


16 posted on 03/08/2007 6:27:14 PM PST by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops!!)
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To: NotchJohnson
Actually, I agree with Billy-Bob Press: Al, don't run now.

Al, if you run now, you might be able to fool enough idiots to squeak out a 51% majority.

But please wait until your Mother Earth religion is exposed for the utter complete scam-sham that it is. Then, your "electability" will no doubt be firmly established.

17 posted on 03/08/2007 6:27:39 PM PST by kromike
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To: Mo1

Is that gun pointed at his face? Holy smokes, and he was VP?


18 posted on 03/08/2007 6:28:37 PM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: Mo1

Heh, one of his handlers was smart enough to remove the magazine...


19 posted on 03/08/2007 6:29:00 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: NotchJohnson

Oh God help us.


20 posted on 03/08/2007 6:29:44 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: NotchJohnson

All those rumors must be true about Bill Press and hallucinogenics.

He's crucking fazy, that guy.


21 posted on 03/08/2007 6:29:50 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Rudy? Hunter? McCain? Tancredo? Romney? Presenting WWF FR style.....)
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To: NotchJohnson
...and there are half a million reasons why we’d be better off today if the Supreme Court hadn’t denied him, and us, the crown.

Now this is a telling statement..

22 posted on 03/08/2007 6:29:51 PM PST by mnehring (Anyone who is with you 80% percent of the time is your 80% friend, not. your 20% your enemy- Reagan)
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To: NotchJohnson
[.. Yes, Al Gore’s on a roll. So why doesn’t he run for president? That’s what a lot of Democrats are asking. And even some Republicans. ..]

The Fool said in his heart that Al Gore is SMART..

23 posted on 03/08/2007 6:30:26 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: NotchJohnson
He just won an Oscar.

Oh, WELL, then...

24 posted on 03/08/2007 6:30:41 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: NotchJohnson

...oh no, he just can't stand up straight due to his 50 lb typewriter he stowed in his pack....


25 posted on 03/08/2007 6:31:22 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: kromike

Press needs to get out of the 310 area code once in awhile.


26 posted on 03/08/2007 6:31:29 PM PST by SoCalRight
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To: NotchJohnson
Holy smokes, and he was VP?

Yep


27 posted on 03/08/2007 6:32:46 PM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: NotchJohnson

Al Gore did not win the Oscar. The producers of the film won an Oscar. In fact, he was originally going to be barred from being onstage because of that.


28 posted on 03/08/2007 6:33:59 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: NotchJohnson
Al Gore's secret deal with Russia

29 posted on 03/08/2007 6:35:58 PM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: NotchJohnson
First of all, let’s be frank, he wasn’t that good a candidate in 2000

Which is why he resorted to cheating to attempt to achieve power in 2000.

30 posted on 03/08/2007 6:42:00 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Hated by all NFL fans since 1990.)
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To: Wolverine

"After all, he won the 2000 election by over half a million votes"

Sorry Bill, he won the popular vote by half a million. He lost the election.
What a dumba$$


31 posted on 03/08/2007 6:43:00 PM PST by Holicheese (I love shrimp and grits.)
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To: Mo1
I love that picture of Al Gore. It looks like he is going to a boy scout jamboree rather than in the field in Vietnam...no combat gear, boonie hat fresh from the PX, no magazine or ammo to be seen anywhere, brand new rain gear, long hair, etc. His ruck sack is probably filled with junk food and civilian clothes.

Bill Press is right, the media loves to bash Gore because he presents such an easy target. Maybe that would change now that he has become the liberal's the eco-messiah though.
32 posted on 03/08/2007 6:44:14 PM PST by ParaVet93
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To: NotchJohnson
Green Party Candidate in '08 sounds great.

Excelsior!

33 posted on 03/08/2007 6:44:39 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: NotchJohnson
He’s been against the war in Iraq since the beginning.

"Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." – AL GORE, in 2002

The Bill Press Defense: Fake, but Accurate (re: Lovenstein Institute Hoax)

Bill Press was the chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.

34 posted on 03/08/2007 6:45:27 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: NotchJohnson
Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman

He could have stopped at former Republican.

35 posted on 03/08/2007 6:48:48 PM PST by capydick (Better to Fight for Something Than to Live for Nothing)
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To: NotchJohnson

It's Gore's nomination if he wants it. I don't know if he can be beaten in the general election. Certainly not by the candidates that have declared so far.


36 posted on 03/08/2007 6:51:51 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: NotchJohnson
He just won an Oscar.

*He* did? When?
37 posted on 03/08/2007 6:59:53 PM PST by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: sensible centrist from NH
His ruck sack is probably filled with junk food and civilian clothes.

I just love that picture, because there's something new to be discovered every time I see it. What's that pillow-shaped object directly above the canteen? It almost looks like it was inflated. Part of an air mattress?

The Algore "Vietnam" photo, the picture that keeps giving (fits of laughter)....

38 posted on 03/08/2007 6:59:58 PM PST by 300winmag (Overkill never fails)
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To: NotchJohnson

Has this guy had a brain scan lately?


39 posted on 03/08/2007 7:05:58 PM PST by altura
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To: All

I declared 7/30/06...it's his.


40 posted on 03/08/2007 7:06:04 PM PST by paulat (I'd rather spend my vote on someone who CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED)
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To: NotchJohnson

Bill Press is such an imbecile.


41 posted on 03/08/2007 7:07:47 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: NotchJohnson

Yeah, I don't think Gore's going to run, either.


42 posted on 03/08/2007 8:22:00 PM PST by oryvizo
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To: NotchJohnson
True, Gore’s utility bill counts 221,000 kilowatt hours a year. But that’s for a 20-room mansion with two private offices,

So his 20 room mansion uses twenty times more energy than what? A one room mansion?

This carbon offset thing is such an incredible joke. I know Bill Press is extremely stupid, but even he can't really believe buying mythological offsets from your own company changes anything about the energy you consume.

Al, you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. The accident of your birth, combined with the outrageous lack of intelligence and character of many Americans, has left you with significant financial resources. You are free to enjoy these resource any way you wish. Go ahead and enjoy your mansion and the massive banks metal halide lights you must be using to grow pot in you mansion (don't power companies usually call the cops when they notice this). Just shut the hell up about how I choose to get to work to feed my children, would you?

43 posted on 03/08/2007 11:25:05 PM PST by Minn
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To: digger48

OK. You win. Can't top that.


44 posted on 03/09/2007 8:43:13 AM PST by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: perfect stranger

Yeah, I love the fact that Bill Press was stupid enough to fall for a phony story about 7 years old and then try to explain it by "its phony but accurate".


45 posted on 03/09/2007 8:52:14 AM PST by techcor
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