Gore: Question Asked; Question Answered

Question Asked: What Does Al Know That We Don’t?

What does Al know that we don’t? Why, given the opportunity that’s been presented to him on a silver Prius, is this man not going to run for (and win) the presidency of the United States?

Question Answered: Son is Gore’s Al-batross

With Al Gore in the news for battling global warming and Al Gore 3rd in the news for getting toasted, my favorite NYPD detective recalled a story that helps explain how father and son each became a particular kind of loser.

The story was told to the detective by a Secret Service agent some years back as they worked security for a dignitary visiting New York. … The detective recalls the agent saying that he was outside a room where Gore was loudly berating Al 3rd for something to do with school. The agent then overheard the senior Gore say to his son something truly stunning.

“What, do you want to end up like those guys standing outside the door?”

…The detective is the first to say he himself was not actually present when Gore is said to have uttered those words. The agent’s outrage when telling the story sure seemed genuine.

And hell—that’s good enough to report it as fact, right?

What Al Gore knows that we don’t is that the media has never, ever, been fair to him, that no one walks his/her way down the path to the presidency unscathed, and that the target on his back has always been a particular favorite of the very same media on which he is depenedent (as are we, the progressive voters) to be fair if he is to win.

I don’t know that he has it worse than Clinton, or Edwards, or Obama, but he sure hasn’t got it any better, which makes it patently silly to say he’s been handed anything “on a silver Prius.”

[Thanks to Memeorandum for both links.]

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7 responses to “Gore: Question Asked; Question Answered

  1. NonyNony

    Al Gore is a smart man, and he’s smart enough to know that the next president is being handed a disaster. Our next president is going to have to be smart, effective, strong and lucky to turn the ship of state around and get it heading in any direction other than towards an iceberg. Whoever is president next is being set up to be one of the most reviled figures in US history precisely because they won’t be able to achieve what needs to be achieved to make their own group of supporters happy AND they won’t make anyone on the other side happy because the two groups’ ideas about what needs to be done are so opposite. So neither side will approve and he or she will be a hated figure for a century or more until history can judge. (This is why Congress’s approval rating is so dismal right now – the Republican voters would never like anything they do anyway, and they haven’t been effective enough for Dem voters to support them, so they’re in the tank. Imagine that on a presidential scale and you get where the next president is going to be at within six months to a year of getting the job).

    If we had a strong, effective leader with a powerful personality (like another FDR) he or she might have a shot of getting things turned around without being dragged through the mud in the process. We don’t – none of the candidates on either side of the debate have the right mixture of effectiveness, strength and personality to achieve this and neither does Gore, and he knows it. So rather than tilt at windmills and not get anything done, he’s better off advocating strongly for the things he cares deeply about and letting someone else handle the mess.

  2. We don’t – none of the candidates on either side of the debate have the right mixture of effectiveness, strength and personality to achieve this and neither does Gore, and he knows it.

    I don’t know that I agree with this. FDR was a big personality, to be sure, but his efficacy and strength were deeply reliant on his intelligence and a Democratic Congress and a vibrant socialist movement advocating loudly for change and mainstreaming support for social programs.

    I don’t think it’s the “strong effective leader with a powerful personality” we’re lacking. I think it’s the people prepared to get his back.

  3. I don’t think it’s the “strong effective leader with a powerful personality” we’re lacking. I think it’s the people prepared to get his back.

    And a strong, independent, proactive, fair-minded and courageous media.

  4. Chromosome Crawl

    I agree with NonyNony on the point of the humoungousness of the task to be undertaken by the next Pres. I have often thought that I like what Gore has to say, and the person he appears to be (see taking plane to NOLA to get some evacuees, forcing the issue on people eaking up to global warming) too much to force him to deal with the foetid mess that the ship of state has been driven into. I’m not sure that I dislike anyone enough to saddle them with the job. That being said, it’s now everyone’s mess since every US inhabitant is in some way involved in the fallout.

    Funny, who knew that within 10 years of me thinking “what’s wrng, Iraq has to have SOME citizens that can step up and overthrow Saddam” that we are assuredly at the other end of that question (replace Saddam with W).

  5. Chromosome Crawl

    eaking = waking —- sorry, cat butt in the way!

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