Skip to comments.Oscar Today, White House Tomorrow?
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.
Hes a Vietnam vet. Hes been against the war in Iraq since the beginning. Hes leading the fight against global warming. He served as congressman, senator and vice president of the United States. Hes star of one of the most successful documentary films in history. He just won an Oscar. And hes been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Yes, Al Gores on a roll. So why doesnt he run for president? Thats what a lot of Democrats are asking. And even some Republicans. MSNBCs 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 Gores year.
Thats one Republicans opinion. Heres the opinion of one Democrat: If Gore does decide to run for president, I think he would be making a big mistake.
Dont get me wrong. Id love to see Al Gore in the White House. Hed 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 wed be better off today if the Supreme Court hadnt denied him, and us, the crown.
Nevertheless, I still I think it would be a mistake for Gore to run. First of all, lets be frank, he wasnt that good a candidate in 2000. Hes much stronger now, much looser, and much more comfortable in his own skin. I wouldnt want him to go back to obsessing over earth tones.
And besides, while the media builds him up now, they couldnt wait to bring him down once he became a politician again. Take the latest flap over Gores 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 Gores 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, Gores utility bill counts 221,000 kilowatt hours a year. But thats 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 utilitys 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, Id hate to see him go through that painful process all over again.
And why bother? Today, hes a rock star. Hes one of the most popular people on the planet. Hes 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 dont 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: Dont do it. At least not yet. Who knows whats 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: Dont run, Al, dont run.
Sounds as though the only award Albore hasn't won is the 'most pounds shed' from Weight Watchers!
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.
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?
Snowball in hell comes to mind.
He was there six months .....
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.
Very well said! lol
Is this guy real?
>>>Oscar Today, White House Tomorrow?
Is this Scrappleface?
Are the tags still on that uniform? Don't rifles work better if there is a magazine in them?
Proof that this is B.S. (but you instinctively knew that)http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009649
Is this a joke?
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.
Is that gun pointed at his face? Holy smokes, and he was VP?
Heh, one of his handlers was smart enough to remove the magazine...
Oh God help us.
All those rumors must be true about Bill Press and hallucinogenics.
He's crucking fazy, that guy.
Now this is a telling statement..
The Fool said in his heart that Al Gore is SMART..
Oh, WELL, then...
...oh no, he just can't stand up straight due to his 50 lb typewriter he stowed in his pack....
Press needs to get out of the 310 area code once in awhile.
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.
Which is why he resorted to cheating to attempt to achieve power in 2000.
"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$$
"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
Bill Press was the chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.
He could have stopped at former Republican.
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.
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)....
Has this guy had a brain scan lately?
I declared 7/30/06...it's his.
Bill Press is such an imbecile.
Yeah, I don't think Gore's going to run, either.
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?
OK. You win. Can't top that.
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".