Friday, April 21


This is part of the reason Al Gore's picture is posted in the upper left of this blog.

You cannot see this film and not think of George W. Bush, the man who beat Gore in 2000. The contrast is stark. Gore -- more at ease in the lecture hall than he ever was on the stump -- summons science to tell a harrowing story and offers science as the antidote. No feat of imagination could have Bush do something similar -- even the sentences are beyond him.

But it is the thought that matters -- the application of intellect to an intellectual problem. Bush has been studiously anti-science, a man of applied ignorance who has undernourished his mind with the empty calories of comfy dogma. For instance, his insistence on abstinence as the preferred method of birth control would be laughable were it not so reckless. It is similar to Bush's initial approach to global warming and his rejection of the Kyoto Protocol -- ideology trumping science. It may be that Gore will do more good for his country and the world with this movie than Bush ever did by beating him in 2000.

Gore insists his presidential aspirations are behind him. "I think there are other ways to serve," he told me. No doubt. But on paper, he is the near-perfect Democratic candidate for 2008. Among other things, he won the popular vote in 2000. He opposed going to war in Iraq, but he supported the Persian Gulf War -- right both times. He is smart, experienced and, despite the false caricatures, a man versed in the new technologies -- especially the Internet. He is much more a person of the 21st century than most of the other potential candidates.

Run, Al, run!



Blogger Left of Center said...

I'm proud of what Al Gore has been doing. I think he should continue doing it. A future Democratic President will value his councel.

8:32 AM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

yeah, I got a big ole man-crush going for Al Gore lately. At the asme time he says he's not running, he's doing all sorts of stuff to raise profile lately, like this movie tour thing he's doing.

Of the people that have been talked about so far, he's the one I would go door to door for.


9:04 PM  

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