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Draft Gore for President?

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Posted on Oct 12, 2007
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Gore warns of a warm and not so happy future in a scene from the movie documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Al Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their crusade against global warming. Now, just imagine what would happen if the Nobel laureate applied himself with equal intensity to ending the war in Iraq.  That could be the beginning of a thrilling presidential campaign.

New York Times:

OSLO, Oct. 12—The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Al Gore, the former vice president, and to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work to alert the world to the threat of global warming.

The award immediately renewed calls from Mr. Gore’s supporters for him to run for president in 2008, joining an already crowded field of Democrats. Mr. Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, has said he is not interested in running but has not flatly rejected the notion.

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By Conservative Yankee, October 14, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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“I worry over the implications of taxing a civilization for respiration. If the power to tax is the power to destroy, then we would be killing industrial production with carbon taxes.”

40 million people are involved in “industrial production” in the United States. That is about 13% of the population +/- at one time we had 58% of the population working in industry.  Forbes prediction is that by 2100 no American will be making anything!

I do not favor carbon taxes, HOWEVER given the state of industry in the USA, I can’t see that it will matter.  ON the other hand, saying that Industry is preferable to clean air is a value judgment to which I can not subscribe.

Incidentally the “warming of the solar system” is a fluctuation historically moderated by our atmosphere, and the Van Allen Belts environmental safeguards we are destroying

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By cann4ing, October 14, 2007 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Gore has made it clear.  He will not run.  So get over it.  Get with the guy who is every bit the advocate for restoring sanity to our environmental policies as Al Gore; who like Gore, opposed the war in Iraq from the outset and would immediately ended it.  You have an excellent candidate who represents the interests of the vast majority of Americans—the middle and working classes; a candidate who provides substance where Hillary-the-Shill continues to troll for the corporate dollars of the military-industrial complex, the health care insurance lobby and, of course, AIPAC monies.

Gore will not be in the ballot.  Dennis Kucinich will be.

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By PatrickHenry, October 14, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

Karma on a plate.

Since the election, stolen by Republicans by the electronic paperless vote, Gore has risen in popularity by word and deed conversely as Bush has failed.

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By Paracelsus, October 14, 2007 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html

Please read the article on global warming being caused by the sun. I really don’t understand how one can go crazy over a man who made money from his political and media connections. Not a cent of his money comes from a productive business. He has not turned out anything salable other than books and a movie. This is laudable for an unknown, but easy work for a well connected man like Gore. And I am not singling any particular faction for such easily earned awards. It is prevalent all through our narrow political spectrum.

I worry over the implications of taxing a civilization for respiration. If the power to tax is the power to destroy, then we would be killing industrial production with carbon taxes.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 14, 2007 at 2:31 am Link to this comment

“Now, just imagine what would happen if the Nobel laureate applied himself with equal intensity to ending the war in Iraq.  That could be the beginning of a thrilling presidential campaign….”

Wasn’t this guy already elected president…....?????

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By bc41, October 13, 2007 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

I read a very interesting interview in Time magazine and his new life.  I think he is an admirable individual.  He was more intellectual than grass roots campaigner.  He mentioned that he thought there was something wrong with the system in that it doesn’t represent the people anymore.  Recently I’ve heard the same from Mike Gavel whom was very prominent in bringing an end to the Vietnam war, he helped disclosed the Pentagon Papers that basically revealed that the Generals knew they were losing but were saying just the opposite which affected a realistic assesment by legislators.  Looks bad when they focus too much on raising money, just as many votes gained in being liked.

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By Enemy of State, October 13, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

I like Gore, but I really don’t think he would be a good candidate. Smartness alone doesn’t make the sale (to the electorate), besides his reputation for extreme inltelligence is undeserved. He is probably about average for a lawyer/politician -well above the national average, and lightyears ahead of the current white house occupant.

  Like her or not, Hillary clearly seems to be the smartest, and most driven of the candidates. I’d prefer Richardson, and Dodd, but they lack the charisma to be contenders, so I’m now resigned to Hillary. Too militaristic for me, but I still think her presidency could be an exciting time.

  Now, Al has found his niche. Everyone has a role they can do best, his is not as a high office holder, but rather as a publicist for important causes. His noncandidanacy only increases his value in this role.

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By ed, October 13, 2007 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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Check out this US Carbon Footprint Map, an interactive United States Carbon Footprint Map, illustrating Greenest States to Cities.  This site has all sorts of stats on individual State & City energy consumptions, demographics and much more down to your local US City level…

http://www.eredux.com/states/

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By Verne Arnold, October 13, 2007 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

Gore is smarter than that.  He realizes his time is past for the presidency.  If he can do any good it will be as a citizen of the world.  I only fear the choice he will make for his endorsement.

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By Larry Racies, October 13, 2007 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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If only Gore would run he would trump the unelectibility of Hillary, the inexperience of Obama and the questionable vote-getting ability of Edwards.

He won the popular vote once and now, with the Nobel under his belt, he could win again. We surely don’t need Hillary to fuck up healthcare again.

He’s miles ahead of the rest of the pack.

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By Conservative Yankee, October 13, 2007 at 5:48 am Link to this comment
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106698 by Paracelsus on 10/12 at 8:00 pm

“obsequious” great word. 

Answer:

Because that’s what US citizen-sheep do. they fawn.  Loved Ronald (empty suit) Reagan, basked in the glow of an over-blown Colin Powell, believed that liar General Petraeus, and now after his political rehabilitation (sort-of-like Richard Nixon after losing the California Governorship race) he is a figure to which we should genuflect. 

He’s American Royalty, after all, being the son of the other Senator Al Gore.

The founding fathers threw off the yoke of inherited royalty and we have spent 230 ears reinstating it.
Sorry if I am just a bit cautious.

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By mill, October 13, 2007 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

He’s a good guy, and persistently pressing important issues with global perspective.  it is not at all clear that the qualities that earn a Nobel Peace prize are those needed to succeed as the leading “decider”

But this is also a guy who lost a close presidential race where he had real advantage ...in mid-campaign he wondered “who he was”, consulting image shapers.  good grief if someone doesn’t know her/his public and private selfs assuredly, please don’t run for president. 

some say his handlers ruined him.  that’s a bush II style excuse.  he’s the top guy.  if you’re the top guy you have to shape it, ensure it is yours.  if the other guy wins, its about you.

Mr Gore will do much more good from his current perches.  Let others try - there are many top-notch candidates.

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By G.Anderson, October 12, 2007 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

To me this was some of the best news in years. Every living person on this planet will benefit from Mr. Gores awareness, and his self sacrifice. And I pray that the postitive energy that this represents, for mankind, will grow and grow. Thank you Mr. Gore.

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By Paracelsus, October 12, 2007 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment

Why do you act so obsequious toward a man worth $100 million? He is a radical neo-Malthusian. His ideas are not scientific, but they would have the effect of imposing a neo-feudalistic dark age upon the US. The fact that that this carbon credit scheme would be more severe upon a freer US over China leaves me suspicious. This man wants to level us down to slave status.


http://blackcommunity.blackvoices.aol.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=ti-rant&tid=20800

Al’s drug-lobby antics

Gore, as head of the Gore-Mbeki Binational Commission, had issued threats and levied economic sanctions against South Africa under then-Vice President Thabo Mbeki, because the latter insisted that in a “national emergency,” South Africa had the right to produce affordable, generic HIV-AIDS drugs.

Gore only let up on his threats in September 1999, after South Africa had agreed to pay its pound of flesh for patent rights to the pharmaceutical cartels, which were funding Gore’s campaign. So, no one should be fooled into thinking that he has suddenly become a friend of Mbeki—now South Africa’s President—or that Gore is really concerned that the number of HIV/AIDS-infected people in Sub-Saharan Africa has reached 20 million—of whom 14 million have died, at a rate of more than 5,000 per day.

In fact, Gore is on record not only as proclaiming that Africa as a whole is “overpopulated,” but also as endorsing the view that the AIDS holocaust there—which is occurring on a scale greater than that dreamt of by Adolf Hitler—is a direct result of such “overpopulation.”

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By DennisD, October 12, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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The Beatles said it best “Let Al Be” already. This must be his second Nobel prize - I thought he invented the internet too.
Al of all people, is not the one who’ll stand up to the corporate interests that are destroying this country as we knew it. Not challenging the Bu$h election theft in 2000 showed everyone he lacks the balls to lead. This country needs a serious change of direction and Al unfortunately is off in a galaxy far, far away on a very lucrative lecture tour by now.

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By Michael Parkatti, October 12, 2007 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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Seriously, why all this hype over the Al Gore green machine??  Are we all forgetting the achievements of one Dan Quayle?  That guy needs his own draft Quayle movement… or hang on, no he doesn’t

http://www.humblenarrator.com/2007/10/12/not-to-be-outdone-by-gore-quayle-wins-fixed-rate-financing-via-email

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By thomas billis, October 12, 2007 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Al Gore would not be a good candidate he would probably be a great President.In America we look for brains in our candidates only as a last alternative.The good thing is I think we have gotten to the bottom of the shit for brains Presidents and maybe just maybe we are ready for a candidate that has brains.If it is not Al Gore let us hope the people of this country realize that this country needs more than a moron they want to have a beer with.Lest we forget Al Gore received more votes for President than our current wunderkind did. We need someone who realizes you cannot solve the problems of 21st century by using a 2000 year old book.The answers to saving your soul are possibly in there but not how to stop global warming.So wake up America do not look for a candidate who tells you want to hear, look for a candidate who tells you what have to hear.

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By Scott, October 12, 2007 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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I would vote for Gore in a heartbeat… but I just don’t think he’ll run. Now if the Democratic field was weaker, or if Hillary wasn’t running, I think he would have thrown his hat into the ring already. He’d have a lot of ground to make up in fundraising (we’re talking nearly $80 million in Hillary’s and Obama’s coffers), although his name recognition and Hollywood connections might help there.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed… but I definitely won’t hold my breath.

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By hazmaq, October 12, 2007 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

YES!

If those people with a healthy balanced interest in the world around them, including some knowledge of where we were v. where we’re headed, are faced with the question of who would be the better candidate to represent the poor and the rich, our constitutional rights and governments rights, business and labor, etc., ...with a FAIR AND BALANCED F*#@ING HAND:

Rudy killem’all! Gooliani
Hillary whatwarhaha? Clinton
or…
Al f*#@ing GORE!

The world needs, Hillary needs, and Rudy needs a real leader.

Finally.

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By Ben Cohen, October 12, 2007 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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The sad truth of the matter is that Al Gore did nothing about the environment when he had the power to do so. See here: http://originalbanter.blogspot.com/2007/10/al-gores-inconvenient-record.html

Gore is living off a false perception of history. He was an uninspiring candidate in 2000, and for some reason, Democrats seem to think he can save them in 2008. One good documentary does not make a new person, or candidate.

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By Sharon Ash, October 12, 2007 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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It is a pleasure to occupy the planet at the same time as the likes of Al Gore.  Just wish there were more with his intensity, trying to make a positive difference and solve problems.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 12, 2007 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Just imagine what would happen if everyone “applied themselves with equal intensity” to solving the country’s most important problems?!?! The “war” in Eye-rak is merely a sideshow, uhh.

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By kevtao, October 12, 2007 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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Al Gore should end the Mainstream Media Wingnuts obsession with him by officially backing one of the current presidential candidates. None of the networks have detailed WHAT he won the Nobel for, only whether he would ride the publicity into the race. If he wants to publicize the climate crisis, that is a sure way to get to the subject. This is worse than the Mario Cuomo ordeal

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