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Posted on Jun 11, 2008

Clinton enthusiast James Carville tells CNN that Barack Obama should select Al Gore as his vice president candidate and energy czar in order to “send a signal to the world ... that America’s gettin’ serious about this horrendous problem that we face.”

When reminded by Wolf Blitzer that Gore has shied away from reprising his role as vice president, Carville says he’s not talking about your average veep, but a force empowered by the president to really do something about our dependence on foreign oil.

It would certainly be interesting to see a vice president as powerful as the current incarnation apply his energies more positively.

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By psmealey, June 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

For REAL CHANGE vote for Nader or the Green party.

Then you’ll get McCain.  Which will in turn appoint more justices like Roberts, Scalia and Alito, and then you’ll see the Bill of Rights repealed.

That’ll be REAL CHANGE.

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By JMCSwan, June 13, 2008 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

Purple Girl,

You been doing a bit of Marion Swamp spying, or just another Global Brain Psychic Warrior? You think Carville was referring to Feingold-McCain ( Draft Notice?

Me thinks Car (rack) ville may refer to My Kiel.LA Dinner with Andre and {} {PapillonTiticacaCartagena-BryanCayennetown}....

But who knows, maybe not…..

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By Rick, June 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm Link to this comment
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Jim Carville’s judgement is easily shown to be non-existent:  he’s married to the harridan, Mary Matlin; and he wrote a letter for Scooter Libby asking the trial judge to go easy on him because Libby is such a fine American, and had been punished enough.  Carville is so late 20th century Republican-lite.

And Tomack 100% nailed it…. Jim Webb for VP.

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By jackpine savage, June 12, 2008 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

No thanks.  Al Gore is a snakeoil salesman.  Environmentalist, my ass.  In 8 years as VP, what did he do for the environment (and he wrote Earth in the Balance before he was sworn in)?  Well, there was the arranging for Occidental Petroleum to drill on Indian burial grounds in California…which was in no way related to his financial relationship with Occidental.

If you look closely at his current “environmentalism”, most of it does a better of job of enriching him than actually doing anything about the environment. 

What’s Al’s carbon footprint?  And while planting trees in Africa may sooth his conscience, it doesn’t change his actions.  Not his multiple houses, not his flying around, not any of it.

Have you ever noticed that he doesn’t every really suggest solutions?  At least any that are different than what Jimmy Carter was saying in the late 70’s or that don’t go through his venture capital outfits.

Sorry, i know that he’s a hero to the Left…but to me he just looks like a different brand of televangelist selling a different sort of fundamentalism.

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By absolutecynic, June 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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Carvell is an idiot. He hit the jackpot in 1992 by
helping the election of Bill Clinton. But since then
it has been downhill. I think this advice came from
his wife the Republican Strategist!!
Obama should pick someone from the South, preferably
John Edwards.
In the end there is no difference between Obama and
McCain. Both of them work for and in service of big Business/Money and not the average Joe/Jane.
For REAL CHANGE vote for Nader or the Green party.

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By cyrena, June 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

Pmeasley writes:
•  “As a change agent, others have suggested the Gore is part of the same old same old.  I disagree entirely. I would point out that the empassioned, driven Gore of today, is entirely different person than the plodding cautious pol we got to know in the 80s and 90s.  I think he fits pretty well inside of Obama’s paradigm.”

I couldn’t agree with you more! It never ceases to amaze me, (so I guess I’ll always live in a state of amazement) how so many miss the forest for the trees, or how the discourse can be directed by the ‘framing’ of anything. When we think of ‘change’ in the broad view, (rather than the narrow) we can easily see Al Gore as a ‘point man’ in the movement formation, long before the terminology was even introduced into the public discourse.

Because…just the mere CONSIDERATION of the enormity of the climate change disaster and its undeniable interconnectedness with our own OIL industry and dependence on fossil derived fuels is a HUGE CHANGE from the ways of thinking that brought us to the calamity to begin with! Considering that, Al Gore is the epitome of change in this respect!

For all we know, he was formulating this while he was still on the VP job before. And just as likely, never got an audience for it.  And, we know why. The same reason that others who have come up with similar ideas, or proposals, or even technology that just might accomplish our gradual independence from oil as the ONLY source of energy, have made sure that those ideas/technology NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY!

Why didn’t solar, wind, and water technologies ever ‘take off’ when they’ve been introduced before, as alternative sources of energy? I think the oil industry is the answer that speaks for itself. The answer is the Corporate Mob and the ‘free market’. Because the ‘free market’ isn’t really a ‘free market’ at all. If that were the case, those people who’ve introduced these alternatives wouldn’t have been ‘bought off’ or otherwise subverted and crushed, because of the competition it represented to the established industries and their respective Robber Barons. That’s why it’s always been illegal to grow marijuana and hemp. Not because it’s some dangerous substance, (because the products from Big Pharma are far worse) but because there is practical use there, (especially with the hemp) and because there’s no way to patent, copy write, or otherwise control its distribution for mega profits by a few.

How can ‘they’ STEAL the sun, or keep others from accessing it? Same with the wind and the water. Although.. Nestle has done a damn good job of stealing huge amounts of Lake Michigan (or is it Erie?)and re-selling it back to us..thereby assisting in the damage to the environment, since they don’t do it with any regard for the *balance* to the environment. Still, you get my point.  This is the kind of ‘change’ that’s been subverted on behalf of those who can make money on the markets they CAN control, even when its accomplished at the expense of war, carnage and destruction.

But, there is the question of whether or not Al Gore would actually be willing to do the job, and it would have to be as a matter of patriotism, because we NEED him. It would be because he’s willing to make that a gift, because he’s certainly not ‘obligated’, and I can’t hold it against him if he DOESN’T wanna do it. It’s a lot of work, and he’s already making major contributions.

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By GoldenT, June 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

Why not Prince Charles for Obama’s V.P? Gore ... Chuckie ... what’s the difference? Get REAL Carville. Your wife is turning your brain into mush.

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By connie Lewis, June 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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No.No.No.  Mr. Gore may be just wonderful about explaining environmental issues, but the man has absolutely no backbone when it comes to politics.  He would be a terrible choice.  We need true leadership.  Obama and Webb would be a great team.  Webb is circumspect, articulate, and well-considered.  They would be a wonderful team !

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By andrushka, June 12, 2008 at 11:20 am Link to this comment

Why should Al Gore be asked? He is not in the least interested in the job. He is doing quite in his new domain of interests. Obama wants change remember?

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By kdnc, June 12, 2008 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

That anyone has ever given this man a public platform from which to speak has always been a mystery to me.

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By psmealey, June 12, 2008 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

Why would Al Gore, who spent 8 years as VP before getting elected President (though not sworn in), an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, want to go back?

Patriotism?  I have heard worse suggestions for Veep.  Al has made a nice life for himself, but I think there might be enough ‘awareness’ raised to global warming. What we need now is policy implementation and action.  After a point, there’s really only so much he can do from the sidelines.  If he wants to make this issue his legacy, he needs to get back in the game.  And, what better way to do this as Obama’s Veep?  He could take on an activist model (like what Cheney did, only using his power for good) rather than the ceremonial role he largely inhabited from 1993-2001.

As a change agent, others have suggested the Gore is part of the same old same old.  I disagree entirely. I would point out that the empassioned, driven Gore of today, is entirely different person than the plodding cautious pol we got to know in the 80s and 90s.  I think he fits pretty well inside of Obama’s paradigm.

I still think Carville’s an idiot, but I kind of agree with him here.

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By jean, June 12, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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Carville is a moron. We are trying to change things not keep them the same plus Gore is getting too old to be bothered with being a VP.

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By Purple Girl, June 12, 2008 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

Swamp thing Go Now are your ass my also be held accountable for any one of the Crimes you not doubt have been involved in - Take Your Wife too, She IS riddled with Guilt as a Propagandaist!Teh Stench of Corp Whore Reeks from both of You!
If you both hope to Not require your daughters to visit you in prison, I suggest you fijnd a new line of Work! Selling Water Moccasin meat, Croc bites or Hurricanes at a NOLA Bar. Get out while your path is still clear!Your comments only encourage more outrage, adn desire for retribution. Often bordering on Confessions. Go Away if for not other reason, Your Daughters Ability to grow up free of the Dark Cloud you have both brought about!

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By tomack, June 12, 2008 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

9:22 am! NOT 5:22 am

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By tomack, June 12, 2008 at 6:22 am Link to this comment

Jim Webb, baby.

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By You've got to be joking!, June 12, 2008 at 2:07 am Link to this comment
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Carville has a lot of nerve offering advise to a man he tried to emasculate in the media. He said, if Hillary lent Obama one of her testicles, they would both have two. That was insulting to both candidates, only Hillary was too gleefully busy encouraging that kind of talk to take offense.

If Obama’s smart he’ll never let that ass anywhere near his campaign or, if he should win, the White House.

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By GW=MCHammered, June 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment
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Ron Paul or Kucinich
Mix it up if you’re serious
(screw the pretend party separation)

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By Carol, June 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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Advice from the likes of Carville hobbled Hillary Clinton, why on earth would anyone listen to him now?

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By ongre, June 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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Al Gore is doing fine, thank you.  He has already stated that his life is much better now.  He would probably consult Obama and even play a part in his administration, but Vice-Prez is a “been there, done that” item and there is not absolutely no reason to repeat it.
That said, he should be asked by the Dems to serve on any group watching the GOP as they plan to steal another election.

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By oldgeezerpilot, June 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment
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Why would Al Gore, who spent 8 years as VP before getting elected President (though not sworn in), an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, want to go back?

Been there, done that.

Carville is stupider than usual.

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By Saddler, June 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

What is he smoking? Carville is such an idiot.

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