First of all, I was sooooo bummed that I missed Al Gore’s book signing at the Borders on State St. in Chicago yesterday. I visit the store all the time on lunch breaks – it’s minutes from my office! But, alas, I could not spare the pre-dawn till 1 p.m. wait that the store full of fans had to endure. I was not surprised to learn, however, that many in the crowd shouted epitaphs at the former VP such as “Run, Al, run!” According to the Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye, Gore repeatedly answered with a firm(?) “I’m not planning to be a candidate again,” and “I appreciate the sentiment. I’m not planning to do it as you know.” Perhaps he was really thinking, “Bitchez – NO MEANS NO!”
Seriously, people, how long are we going to pin our hopes to the guy? Sure, his environmentally conscious assault on pop culture is making great strides, and his take on other issues such as Iraq, has been spot-on from day one. Yes, this current book tour looks a lot like a mini-political campaign. But are we just misreading his actions because we are so desperate for a real Democratic nominee? Let’s admit it – despite some of their sheen and sexy appeal, Clinton, Obama and Edwards leave a LOT to be desired. But instead of repeating the mantra “Gore in ’08,” maybe we ought to sober up and realize that it’s possible that the guy means what he says (an admittedly rare occurence for a politician). Maybe we ought to let him keep following his mission – waking the world up to the environmental dangers we still face. Perhaps we should do a better job in seeing past the flash and star power of the current Democratic contenders and support someone with some substance.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Gore. I would vote for him in a heartbeat above the other choices. And sure, I think there are a lot of great things about Clinton, Obama and Edwards. But overall, I find them underwhelming. The greatest feeling I have right now is fury. Yes, fury. At the stupid American voting public of 2000 who didn’t see what a brilliant person Gore was then. I’d love to know what vote was cast by all these yokels who are so gung ho for Gore now – or did they even vote? 2000 should not have been anywhere close to a tie. It should have been Gore in a landslide. But now the U.S. has buyer’s remorse for falling for Bush’s bullshit – twice! Wake up, douchebags. You snooze, you lose. And perhaps Mr. Gore is grinning to himself just a little bit, despite the heartache of 2000, and thinking “Suckas!” I know I would be. Either way, it’s time to get real and deal with what we’ve got. (boo hoo!)