Marginal Footnotes


Al Gore’s Non-Presidential Campaign, Part 354
June 29, 2006, 6:21 pm
Filed under: Elections, Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

So Al Gore went on the Daily Show. Crooks and Liars has the video.

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‘More Beer for the Robots’
June 28, 2006, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Environmental, Films, Gore Marginalia, Politics, Uncategorized

A scary message from Al Gore:

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Peretz: Gore Should Run
June 22, 2006, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

It is raining in Ireland and America just obliterated its World Cup chances by losing to the (very good) team from Ghana.  We underplayed and we got screwed by the screwy ref, but so it goes, and goes and goes.  This is unfortunate, and so is the pace of my dissertation, but at least I have the hope that Al Gore will run for president in 2008, win and thereby save us from planetary extinction.  

In the latest installment of the draft Gore movement, Marty Peretz has a good piece up at TNR explaining why Gore is the Democrat's last, best hope. I agree with everything he says, which is rare.

'Let me tell you a few words about the question as to whether Al Gore has changed. Actually, to me he is essentially the same young man I met in a Harvard freshman seminar 41 years ago: inquisitive, respectful of learning and scholarship, emotionally connected, committed to his friends and family, incandescently smart, believing in an order of the universe he still genuinely refers to as God. These are not easily carried into the universe of politics, where cynicism leaves little space for authenticity. But he fought against the demons of triangulation that subvert moral clarity. Al also came out whole, very whole. Yes, he was singed by the president's troubles that the oh, so facile president made for himself. Gore took the advice of some of the usual Democratic four-flusher professionals in his campaign in the year 2000. Right now, I make this assertion with complete confidence: that Gore would not, will not defer his own instincts or convictions to anyone else. Yes, he can be persuaded. But he cannot be pushed'.

I hate to be sentimental, and this is certainly that, but you can't tell me it's dishonest or uncompelling.

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In Defense of Poindexter
June 2, 2006, 5:53 pm
Filed under: Elections, Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

From The Rude Pundit:

'Gore was often spanked in the press for sounding smart and right about everything. But if you have a problem with someone calling out motherfuckers for fucking their mothers, then perhaps you need to take another look at who's in your bed. You look at Gore now and you can't help but think that perhaps we've moved past the Forrest Gump-ish wisdom of the stupid phase and want the cold comfort of a poindexter telling us what's real. It's been said, and it's true, that Gore is liberated now. He was marginalized and now he's moving back to the center of the national discourse'.

Go read the rest.

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Gore Would Win
June 1, 2006, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Elections, Gore Marginalia, Politics, Uncategorized

according to some bizarre 'behavior prediction tool' designed by a guy who works for an organization that sounds a little shady.  The 'Affective Encryption Analysis' predicts a landslide victory for Gore.  Hillary, naturally, would lose.  Apparently the tool's ability to predict voter behaviour in 2008 is 93 percent accurate. Well, if that's not a good enough reason for Gore to run, what the hell is?

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Gore Running, Says Guy
June 1, 2006, 8:27 pm
Filed under: Elections, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

Joel Achenbach, who has a blog over at the Washington Post which is consistently a pleasure to read, says he ran into journalist Richard Ben Cramer, whom he asked whether or not Gore will run in '08.  The response? Check it out at Achenblog.   

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Frank Rich Calls for Gore Run
May 29, 2006, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Elections, Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

But stops short of endorsing him.  I typically think Rich is hysterical and in the main makes liberals look a tad unstable, but since I'm not a TimesSelect subscriber, I can't read the article.  But Editor and Publisher is saying that he's calling for a Gore candidacy to challenge Hillary Clinton, who he considers weak because of her position on the war.  Rich seems to be prodding Gore to take up a campaign if for no other reason than to use the national stage to draw attention to some of the issues he cares about.

Gore says he's happy now with the campaign he's running, but what's he going to be saying when the hype from the movie dies down, the interview requests stop rolling in, and the major media profiles cease? 

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