another stop, Charlie Rose

May 28, 2007

here’s Gore’s appearance:

I finished the book this week. It is by far the best synthesis of the arguments made over the last 6 years as to why this administration has been such a disaster, and why they have been able to spread so much disinformation. Get the book. Read it. You won’t regret it.

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“Wait until Oscar night”– Donna Brazille on Gore, Gore to testify…

February 3, 2007

goreoscarsThanks to the Huffington Post for providing this link. I think our beloved Vice-President Gore may be getting closer to making a decision on running in 2008. Check this out from mcall.com.…..

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are the hot early front-runners, while 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry has already bowed out.

But could former Vice President Al Gore be waiting to make a dramatic entrance into the 2008 presidential race, especially if he wins an Oscar next month?

His former campaign manager, Donna Brazile, strongly implied that possibility while speaking at Moravian College in Bethlehem Tuesday night.

”Wait till Oscar night,” Brazile told an audience of about 100 people at Haupert Student Union. ”I tell people: ‘I’m dating. I haven’t fallen in love yet.’ On Oscar night, if Al Gore has slimmed down 25 or 30 pounds, Lord knows.”

As I’ve diaried before, here, and more recently, here, from Rolling Stone, I think a lot of us are anxiously waiting for Mr. Gore to get in the race….

another nugget from Donna:

”I believe [Gore] is ready for this moment,” Brazile said in an interview after her speech. ”He is a good leader. I think he can be one of the few leaders who can bring this country together.”

and wouldn’t he be able to do more from inside the West Wing:

She acknowledged it will be a tough decision for Gore, noting Kerry’s announcement last week to bow out of the race. Gore believes he is now doing his life’s work, Brazile said. However, she conceded that Gore might be able to do more about global climate change from inside the Oval Office. He has already made an impact by forcing President Bush to talk about the issue, she said.

Watching the Hillary machine move unscripted like a tidal wave a la Bush in 2000 makes me want Gore in even more. I would love it if he stayed out until the fall and then jumped in full force. Nothing would make me happier than to see Gore snag the nomination with a real grass-roots campaign focused around the nexus of national security-energy-environment.

“Saving the planet is not about politics. It’s a moral obligation”

cross posted at Daily Kos.com

UPDATE:
GORE TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS….. from The Politico

Former Vice President Al Gore has accepted an invitation to testify next month in a congressional hearing on the highly controversial issue of climate change.

and he’s the only witness:

Gore will appear at a joint hearing on Wednesday, March 21. He will be the only witness to appear before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality and the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Gore served on both committees during his House tenure representing a Tennessee district.


Rolling Stone article

January 25, 2007

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I’m not going to take up a lot of room on our front page, but read this article.

No, I didn’t write it, although it sounds like the author has been reading our site.

One quote:

Indeed, Gore is unique among the increasingly crowded field of Democratic contenders. He has the buzz to beat Obama, the substance to supplant Hillary, and enough stature to enter the race late in the game and still raise the millions needed to mount a successful campaign. “Very few people who run for president can just step in when they want, with a superstar, titanic presence,” says James Carville, the dean of Democratic strategists. “But Gore clearly is one of those. He’s going to run, and he’s going to be formidable. If he didn’t run, I’d be shocked.”

Cross-posted, and getting a lot of hits on Daily Kos.


Will an Oscar lead to another campaign?

January 23, 2007

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There have been theories circulating in the main stream media as well as in the blogosphere that Al Gore is slowing ramping up to a 2008 campaign. The theory goes like this:

Gore disavows any interest in running in 2008, says he’s focused on a larger campaign to change minds and refocus the world on the threat of global warming. He releases An Inconvenient Truth to rave reviews. The movie is a blockbuster hit, increasing Al Gore’s exposure, and providing him with a platform to speak passionately about an issue that is dear to his heart. Gradually, the movie gains box office share, and at the same time garners Oscar consideration. The movie wins an Oscar nomination. The popularity of the movie and of Al Gore himself continues to increase as the oscar buzz builds. An Inconvenient Truth picks up the Oscar. Right about the same time, Gore’s new book “An Assault on Reason” hits the shelves.

Meanwhile, the 8-10 democratic candidates are all trampling over each other trying to gather support and busily raising money. None of the candidates galvanizes the blogosphere like Dean did in 2004. Hillary builds what looks like an insurmountable lead in fundraising, and before 2007 closes, most of the other candidates are falling out of the race. Obama has a couple of costly gaffes leading people to question whether or not he has the experience to run a general election campaign against the right-wing message machine. Hillary’s win looks like a sure thing in the spring-summer of 2007.

Al Gore takes a long hard look at the field, and has a change of heart. He announces his candidacy for the presidency after using the movie and the book as catapults to ridiculous main stream media and blogosphere attention. He decides that he’s done all he can do with his movie, but this effort requires more than just slideshows, it requires the bully pulpit of the presidency.

Immediately thereafter, many of ex-candidates operatives join his new fledgling campaign. Gore starts an internet based campaign that makes Howard Dean look like an old commodore 64. He raises over 100 million dollars in just 2 months on the internet alone……

The race boils down to Clinton vs Gore in a clash of the titans…..

UPDATED 5:30 pm
Gore said to be thrilled about his documentary being nominated. The whole story, courtesy of MSNBC, is here. One little quote from the Vice-President himself:

“The film … has brought awareness of the climate crisis to people in the United States and all over the world,” Gore said in an e-mail statement. “I am so grateful to the entire team and pleased that the Academy has recognized their work. This film proves that movies really can make a difference.”

And it looks like he will attend the awards:

Aides say the former vice president plans to walk the red carpet with Hollywood’s beautiful people at the Academy Awards ceremony next month.

Cross posted at Daily Kos and My DD