Okay, I’ll admit it. I am taken by advocate Al Gore. Listening to Al Gore as he warns of the gloom and doom of global warming, I wonder where this guy was in 2000 when pundits were on good days saying he was cold and wooden and on bad days, were accusing him of stretching the truth (don’t get me started…liberal media my foot).
I understand the attraction that Robyn Blumner feels as she writes in yesterday’s St. Petersburg Times about “real deal” Al Gore. And she is right…
Oh, I don’t mean the alpha-male wanna-be, that scripted, stiff, uninspired candidate for president in 2000. I mean the self-effacing movie star with man-of-steel conviction from An Inconvenient Truth, who is trying to shake this country by the shoulders over the dire consequences of global warming. From the ashes of his overhandled “be everything to everybody” campaign rose the real Al Gore, a confident, wonkish, accessible intellect who has a supremely important question for inhabitants of Earth : How long can you tread water?
The Al Gore that is running around the country with his PowerPoint presentation about global warming is an incredible candidate. His confidence and no-nonsense attitude is certainly what attracted Clinton’s attention in ’92 when he was looking for a running mate.
That’s not who we will get. Nominate Al Gore and you are likely to get a slice of that guy, but once the “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” Democratic Party will push their media consultants, polling experts and hair stylists on him, that version of Al Gore goes away.
I don’t have an answer to this one, but we do this to ourselves ALL the time. It’s a message we need to take seriously for every election.