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White House Cheat Sheet: The Gore-acle's Influence



Former vice president Al Gore is a major behind-the-scenes player in Democratic politics. Photo by Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

Former vice president Al Gore has emerged as a key behind-the-scenes counselor to the White House and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate on a variety of issues including his trademark push to curb global warming.

Gore's influence is felt in large and small ways -- from providing his thoughts and strategic guidance to President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) to aiding his friend Al Franken in the ongoing Minnesota Senate race to fundraising for the party campaign committees.

Witness a fundraising email for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee signed by Gore set to be sent out today in coordination with Earth Day.

"I can tell you that President Obama has signaled in the strongest possible terms that he intends to take bold steps and harness innovative resources to solve the climate crisis," writes Gore. "Not only that, but Speaker Pelosi has said she will personally shepherd climate legislation through."

Of the relationship between the two men, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that "President Obama has a great deal of respect for former vice president Al Gore and his advice and counsel are invaluable to the administration."

Chris Lehane, a former Gore spokesman and now a Democratic consultant, went a bit further -- insisting that the former vice president has "enormous influence with this administration." Added Lehane: "When it comes to the environment ... he owns and controls a Gore Green brand platform, which serves as a great source of power."

Gore's presence is felt in obvious and not so obvious ways at the White House.

First, the obvious.

Two of the top administration officials dedicated to environmental issues -- Carol Browner and Rod O'Connor -- have long ties to Gore. Browner, Obama's energy czar, served as a legislative aide to then Sen. Gore in the early 1990s and O'Connor, chief of staff at the Energy Department , worked with Gore in both the Senate and White House.

Gore huddled with Obama in early December in Chicago (a meeting overshadowed by the arrest of the former governor of Illinois) and the former vice president also waded into the legislative fight over Obama's economic stimulus package -- offering a strong endorsement of the plan as right and necessary during highly-publicized testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the end of January.

Less obvious is the broader impact Gore has had on Obama's thinking and rhetoric about the environment, according to those close observers of the two men.

These sources point to a speech Gore gave in July 2008 on the connections between energy security, national security and economic security as a guidepost for Obama's own policy vision of interconnectedness of not just the challenges America faces but the ties that bind the world community.

At the congressional level, Gore is in regular contact with Reid and Pelosi and has done a series of emails for not just the DCCC but also the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Gore also involved himself heavily in the Minnesota Senate race, traveling to the state to help raise money for Franken during the campaign and serving as a counselor of sorts during the long recount process.

Does all of this mean that Obama or Democrats more broadly are taking their marching orders from Gore? Absolutely not.

But, it does suggest that Gore retains significant influence at all levels of Democratic politics. His profile as an environmental prophet coupled with his past experiences in the campaign context have made him a unique source of strategic guidance for a president and a party committed to a drastic change in the nation's energy policy.

What to Watch For:

Wednesday's Fix Picks: Hump day!

1. President Obama leaves the door open to prosecution of Bush Administration lawyers involved in CIA interrogations.
2. How much trouble is California Rep. Jane Harman (D) in?
3. Kathleen Sebelius is one step closer to being secretary of health and human services.
4. Scott Murphy looks like a winner in New York's 20th.
5. Even more "Joe the Plumber."

Newsom's In....: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made it official on Tuesday -- he's running for governor in California in 2010. In a video announcement (is there any other kind these days?) Newsom channeled President Obama by insisting "we can do better" and adding that the state needs to "stop looking back and start looking for solutions." The three minute announcement video also urges viewers to check out Newsom on Facebook and Twitter -- a clear sign that Newsom aims to be the gubernatorial candidate of social networks a la Obama. (In a blatant -- and appreciated -- pander to the Fix, Newsom said that "any Fix fanatic who hasn't seen my announcement" should head to his Web site and vowed: "We're going to take California in a new direction.") Newsom along with state Attorney General Jerry Brown are considered the frontrunners for the Democratic nomination. Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is in the race although its not clear for how long while Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continues to weigh a bid and would be a contender if he decides to run.

...And Whitman's Haul: Former eBay president Meg Whitman (R) made a splash of her own in the California governor's race Tuesday, announcing that she would raise at least $5 million by the end of June and put another $4 million of her own money into her primary race against state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell. "I'm honored that people are investing in the cause to create a new California," said Whitman in a release touting the numbers. Whitman's strategy is clearly to overwhelm her competitors with an early show of fundraising (and fund-giving) force that will price them out of the game. Poizner, who has considerable personal wealth of his own, isn't likely to blink but for Campbell the price tag may be too high. One important caveat: five million dollars in "commitments" is all well and good but it is not the same thing as five million dollars raised. Just saying.

Moran Leaves White House: The news that White House communications director Ellen Moran is leaving her post to take over as chief of staff at the Commerce Department leaves a major hole atop the Obama press operation. Moran's departure was sudden and, as a result, no plan for succession is in place, according to sources familiar with the move.

McCain's Primary Headache: When Janet Napolitano left the Arizona governor's mansion to take a post as Homeland Security Secretary in the Obama administration, it appeared as though Arizona Sen. John McCain was on a glide to a fourth term. That path grew more bumpy with the announcement that Chris Simcox, the co-founder of the ardently anti-illegal immigration group known as the Minutemen, had resigned from that organization and indicated he would challenge McCain in a primary next year. "Enough is enough," said Simcox in a release, citing McCain's work on a comprehensive immigration reform effort and "his votes for reckless bailout spending" as evidence the senator has lost touch with his constituents. How much trouble is McCain in? Not much. McCain ended March with $3.6 million in the bank and the voters of Arizona have repeatedly shown their fondness for the native son gone national. But, as demonstrated by the 2005 congressional bid by fellow Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist, there is clearly a block of Republicans who vote only on the immigration issue and Simcox's candidacy will unite them.

The President's Favorite Mayor?: At the president's signing ceremony for the "Serve America" Act, the usual stable of Cabinet officials and members of Congress were on hand to bask in Obama's political popularity. Only one mayor made the cut, however -- New York's Michael Bloomberg. In his prepared remarks Obama called Bloomberg the "outstanding" mayor of the Big Apple -- a comment you are absolutely certain to hear in a campaign ad this fall as Bloomberg seeks a third term. Somewhere New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and Rep. Anthony Weiner, the two Democrats most likely to challenge Bloomberg this fall, are grimacing.

Best iPhone Apps (Part 5): Your three for the day with an assist from the Fix Twosse -- Weather Channel, Flixster and Light Saber.

Say What?: "This is a president who I think is still looking to find his sea legs in this regard to make sure that he can stand to defend the purposes of freedom." --2012 Republican presidential candidate, er, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Obama during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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What's Gavin's take on gay marriage?

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 23, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore started this war..when he lost his home state of TN (well his second home state.. well, DC is not actually a state). He is the reason that the country is so split.. ultimately .. every tea party is about the 2000 debacle.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 23, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

"Your continued use of "Gore-acle" is pointless and childish.'

True, I like Egore.

Posted by: leapin | April 22, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

as long as i am 1/4 native american, i'm cool.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

drindl: My blued eyed wife always told me that blue eyes were special.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | April 22, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Not only that, but from what i've read, all human beings at one time had dark skin and brown eyes. According to DNA analysis, the first blue-eyed child was born between 6,000-10,000 years ago, somewhere near the Black Sea in the Caucasus region. Hence, caucasian.. and so all blue eyed people have a single common ancestor.

http://www.livescience.com/health/080131-blue-eyes.html

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Hi mark-in-austin:

I'm the geneologist in our family. Think of it this way.....if one goes back ten generations you will have over 1,000 ancestors contributing to your "blood line" - a 1,024 to be exact - and the number will double each generation further back you go.

I'm sure we're all related.....so much for Aryan supremacy.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | April 22, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Toritto, it is always a pleasure to hear from you. Your population musing brings this one from me:

There have been 67 generations since the birth of Jesus.
I had two parents who each had two parents for each generation. Thus I had 2 to the 67th power ancestors at the time of Jesus. You say there were fewer than 2 to the 28th power persons on earth then. That differential, 2 to the 39th power, is no rounding error - it is about half a trillion. That can only be accounted for by understanding how thoroughly related we all must be. We all came from the same ancestors but the pool of ancestors is half a trillion times smaller than it would have been without siblings in each generation.
Siblings in one generation produce first cousins in the next.

No wonder Obama and Cheney are cousins. You and I are probably cousins, too, if only in the 39th degree.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 22, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

dcgrass01 and thebabellemo: many thanks for your kind comments.

...one really doesn't have to be a rocket scientist......:-)

Posted by: toritto | April 22, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers,

I'm not Catholic myself, but here's a link you might find interesting: http://www.grist.org/article/2009-catholic-climate-covenant-seeks-aid-for/
"Citing dual obligations to care for God’s creation and the world’s poor, a broad coalition of Catholic groups today announced a new commitment to take action on climate change."

There is also a national organization of Protestant denominations devoted to "Creation Care," as well as COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life). I myself am a proud member of BJEN, the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network.

Toritto, thank you for your 12:07 post. Well said, indeed.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | April 22, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

one more thing about the memos:

"It was during this period that CIA interrogators waterboarded two alleged top al Qaida detainees repeatedly — Abu Zubeida at least 83 times in August 2002 and Khalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times in March 2003 — according to a newly released Justice Department document.

“There was constant pressure on the intelligence agencies and the interrogators to do whatever it took to get that information out of the detainees, especially the few high-value ones we had, and when people kept coming up empty, they were told by Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people to push harder,” he continued.

“Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people were told repeatedly, by CIA . . . and by others, that there wasn’t any reliable intelligence that pointed to operational ties between bin Laden and Saddam, and that no such ties were likely because the two were fundamentally enemies, not allies.”

Senior administration officials, however, “blew that off and kept insisting that we’d overlooked something, that the interrogators weren’t pushing hard enough, that there had to be something more we could do to get that information,” he said."

The torture was about finding a link between saddam and bin ladin to justify overthrowing saddam and bringing back in the 5 oil companies [including Exxon Mobil] who were operating in Iraq before saddam threw them out. And of course, we know now that Cheney got everything he wanted and continues to profit handsomely off the blood of our soldiers.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I wanted to set the record straight here -- something which the press has been too lazy to do. Obama was COMPELLED to release the torture memos:


"COOPER: Ari, you said it’s basically opening up a Pandora’s box for the president, leaving—leaving the door open to a possible prosecution.
How is that opening a Pandora’s box?

ARI FLEISCHER, FORMER GEORGE W. BUSH WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, number one, we didn’t release any Clinton memos. Clinton didn’t release any previous President Bush top-secret memos.

The problem that I have with all of this is, now that the White House is doing this to its predecessor, what will future White Houses do, depending on how the world turns under Barack Obama? Something will go wrong during Barack Obama’s presidency. Do you really want to be in a position where whoever follows him says, it was your fault; you must have done something; there’s this top-secret memo we will find somewhere that makes you look or sound culpable?

COOPER: Paul, is this a slippery slope, a Pandora’s box?

PAUL BEGALA, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, first up, the president was compelled to release them by a lawsuit, a lawsuit that his lawyers, the Justice Department and the White House counsel, decided they could not successfully defend.

We have a Freedom of Information Act. I know it’s—it’s an adjustment, but we now have a White House that lives under the rule of law and obeys the laws. So, he released them because he was compelled to release them.

This is very different from the Bush administration, which selectively leaked national security information, top-secret information, in order to build what I think the record shows was a dishonest case for war, or, in the case of Valerie Wilson, to destroy the career of a covert CIA agent.

That’s the politicization of intelligence information and—and top-secret information. This was the president obeying the law."

I have to say I am really surprised there has not been more pushback from Democrats pointing out that Obama didn’t just “choose” to release these memos, but in fact was compelled to release them and even fought releasing them.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

You know, the use of the infantile "let's make fun of his name" term "Goracle" is really top-notch journalism. I presume that you don't mind being called "Cillizard," and that "He who is named for that which he clearly does not possess" Cheney is too long to comfortably use in a lazy and Pulitzer-esque manner.

I appreciate that the more intellectually challenged of your readership finds the 'hilarious' grade school stratagem of making fun of names to be the ne plus ultra of policy debate, but I hadn't realized that the Washington Post itself had adopted such sophisticated rhetorical techniques as a substitute for professionalism.

I'm looking forward to a brave new future of spitballs, tying shoelaces together and dipping pigtails in inkwells. You know, the sort of "futurist" journalism that served the paper so well in yesterday's Pulitzer Prize for Hebephrenic Juvenalia. Bravo!

Posted by: HartWms | April 22, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

yes, David Addington. He and Scooter Libby were quite the team -- the henchmen of the Evil One.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

torrito: really well said.

drindl: David Addington, uh?
okay then. I have my weekend reading.

i don't know about you...but this interrogation "thing"...
has potential to be another watergate...

Baby Bush is out of office, but a crime is a crime.
hmm...what a great foreign affair PR stunt,
bust a former president...or vice president

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

what I want to see from Gore ios when challenged by a flat earther that he develop a snappy comeback, like... "please, by all means... explain to the good people of earth how pumping so much into the air would have no effect"....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | April 22, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Nemo,

"The Man Behind the Torture" is David Addington, Cheney's counsel, who does not speak to the press...

"His voice, however, has been enormously influential behind closed doors, where, with Cheney's backing, he has helped shape the administration's strategy in the war on terror, and in particular its aggressively expansive conception of executive power. "

The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration
by Jack Goldsmith

A more evil man can hardly be found -- anywhere.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Things I find interesting:

The population of the earth is estimated to have been 200 million when Christ was born.

The population of the earth is estimated to have been 310 million when Charlemagne was crowned in the year 1000.

The population of the earth didnt pass 1 billion until after the year 1800.

The population of the earth when I was a kid in 1950 was 2.5 billion.

The population of the earch reached 6.1 billion in 2000.

The population of the earth reached 6.454 billion in 2005.

Total population has more than doubled in my lifetime. There are now more than 2 people walking around for every person I saw when I was 10. They all need food, shelter, education, transportation, jobs etc.

In the last five years we have added more population to the total than the entire population of earth in the year 1,000.

The idea that we can continue to grow in numbers as we have been and all aspire to an ever higher standard of living is suspect on its face. You don't need to be a scientist or an economist to figure it out.

The idea that for the last 250 years we have pumped ever increasing amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere through industrialization and the automobile and that we can continue to do so without any consequences is suspect on its face.

The idea that ever more people on this planet can do so is truly suspect on its face.

What me worry? I'm old enough that the planet wont get too hot nor will the oil run out for the remainder of my life span.
:-)

Posted by: toritto | April 22, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

bsimon:
thanks.
i haven't pulled it up to read.

ah yes, cannot prosecute the ones carrying out the orders.
even if they were morally questionable orders.
go to the source and bust them.

would that be former President Bush and former Vice President Cheney?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Al Gore should be waterboarded for his fraud. "

What is it about the rightwing/authortarian mindset that they are so obssessed/ in love with/ torture?

A friend who is a shrink suggests that repressed sexuality [hetero and homo] can lead to violent fantasies and actions, and that certainly seems true enough.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

TWO VIEWS OF TORTURE, AMERICAN-STYLE:

"(Let's Go) Waterboardin' USA"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eoa8QwuldXo


GESTAPO USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is tortured):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 22, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"get a load of this..
"President Obama leaves the door open to prosecution of Bush Administration lawyers involved in CIA interrogations"

only the lawyers????"


Potentially the lawyers and politicians. The distinction, as I understand it, is intended to separate the CIA operatives who carried out what they were told were lawful orders from the people who made the dubious claim the orders were legal.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 22, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse


margaret:
(hearty smiles)))

nah, we won't listen to the Church either!!!
(((muuuhhhahhhaa)))

anyone know how Patterson's same sex bill is going???
Let's ask a Hilton.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

(((COUGH COUGH)))

CLASS !!!
OH CLASS !!

get a load of this..
"President Obama leaves the door open to prosecution of Bush Administration lawyers involved in CIA interrogations"

only the lawyers????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Chris, maybe your standard opening line for the first post of the day should be "Everyone take their meds." It sure looks like a lot of posters skipped Wednesday's dose and it has left them agitated.

And until the Catholic chrch starts asking us to "reject Al Gore and all his ways" he is NOT the Devil on the face of the Earth.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 22, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

jmk55:

You are correct, that the past few years have shown a slight cooling trend. There are two facts you need to keep in mind, however: (1) a HUGE number of people planet-wide, as well as a large number of major corporations, have begun to make small differences in their own lifestyles and cut their emissions. Why do you think oil prices are half what they were a year ago? Because the demand is down. I needed a new car last year when my 10-year-old one died. The dealership was slashing prices on gas guzzlers; the only ones selling (and not discounted) were gas-efficient cars. Why do you think Hummers are being discontinued? It's begun to make a difference. Now that we have a president who DOES believe in listening to scientists, I expect the cooling trend to continue.

(2) You cannot take only the past 10 years and use that as your trend line. Use records for the past 100 years, instead. Take a look at this page: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/ClimateTrendsTemperature.html.
And yes, there are always spikes, up AND down. You cannot simply look at a few years-worth of data.

And yes, I will stick to my 98% number of scientists who agree generally with Mr. Gore. I have friends who work at EPA. They uniformly reported that their research was suppressed, or at least twisted, to fit the political agendas. Sen. James Inhofe (R, OK), submitted a list of 413 people who he claimed were scientists, who disagreed with Gore, the IPCC, NSF, EPA, USGS, and NOAA scientists, etc. " 'Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called 'consensus' on man-made global warming,' he said." (source: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/inhofe-global-warming-deniers-47011101)
From that same page:

*Inhofe's list includes 413 people. (Score one Inhofe; the math holds up.)
*84 have either taken money from, or are connected to, fossil fuel industries, or think tanks started by those industries.
*49 are retired
*44 are television weathermen
*20 are economists
*70 have no apparent expertise in climate science
*Several supposed skeptics have publicly stated that they are very concerned about global warming, and support efforts to address it. One claims he was duped into signing the list and regrets it.

The names of the people Inhofe referenced are listed in a link available on that same page.

I can't continue this conversation at the moment, as I have a carpool to drive in 10 minutes and need to log off for a few hours. But please do look at the evidence, not just what's been promoted by people like Inhofe and Limbaugh and the Bush administration.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | April 22, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse


yeah..it's a drag...
we are just so extremist...

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Mentioning Al Gore always gets the wing-nuts all riled up. It's a reliable two-word intelligence test.

Posted by: nodebris | April 22, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse


Goracle
Goracle
Goracle
so there......
He's a great man. Give it a rest in condemning him.
///
Hey, wonder how Miss California feels today. I hope this girl gives it right back to that Hilton guy. Talk about Internet "FLAMING".
//
and finally,
Heaven Help Arizona.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I like "Gore-acle". It rolls trippingly off the tongue.

You know what really makes someone sound ridiculous, though? Refusing to read an article that he/she/it has already gone to the trouble of directing his/her/its browser to open, because the title is considered tabloid-ish. Crazy, dude/dudette/dudething.

Posted by: bobsewell | April 22, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Graphs for the last few years indicate slight cooling trend, not warming. How peculiar, AL!

Posted by: jmk55 | April 22, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

With respect, you sound completely ridiculous every time you use the word 'Goreacle.' It kinda made sense slightly back in 2003 when everyone was waiting to hear him say something about whether he would run for President again. Now the word makes you sound like a tabloid writer.

I refuse to even read the blog entry on this basis.

Posted by: JacksonLanders | April 22, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

April 22: The Sun has entered a period of what seems to be relative inactivity. The usual 11-year cycle of activity isn’t repeating as usual. The solar wind is at a 50 year low, and radio emissions at a 55-year low, and 100-year low in sunspot activity.

In the 17th century, this led to the “mini Ice Age”.

Posted by: InexperienceKills | April 22, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

nteresting. Somewhere around 98+% of climate scientists agree that Gore's work and claims are accurate, in particular that climate change IS happening and that it IS caused primarily by human activity. There is some disagreement among these scientists as to the degree of the effect upon the Earth; most who disagree, in fact, say that the evidence shows that the effects will be WORSE than what Gore has been saying.

And yet, there are people who prefer to believe the 2% of scientists (most of whom have degrees that have little or nothing to do with climate science) are correct, despite the fact that their work has been shown to be full of holes. (And yes, that includes Richard Lindzen-- one of the very few who really DOES have some credentials in this field. Too bad for the deniers that much of his work has been repeatedly shown to be wrong.)

I'll stick with the 98%. Happy Earth Day.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | April 22, 2009 10:42 AM
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Hmmm, 98% percent? I suggest a lot more reading.

Posted by: jmk55 | April 22, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore should be waterboarded for his fraud. Humans contribute to 0.5-1.5 percent of the total global warming, the rest is nature.We have to clean up our act, no doubt, but to blame global warming on humans is a lie designed to generate fear and turn it into cash. Gore predicts the destruction of Earth unless we all drive Priuses, but he drives a gas guzzling SUV and lives in a house that consumes as much energy as a city block. It is all about money and fame and it has nothing to do with the reality. It is very stylish to be green!

Posted by: jmk55 | April 22, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

All the the new shieiks of energy could offer is 5 billion dollars for 'weatherization' of buildings not for average America, but for low income housings. Besides, only old Federal buildings will get funding for the weatherization program, which probably requires no expert with college degree to do the job. There is no plan for building nuclear, hydro and coal power plants, even the production of wind and solar power plants have been reduced to half due to the reduction in private capitals. The end result after several years of leadership of the new shieiks of energy will be serious shortage of electric power and great rise in electricity rate.

Posted by: ypcchiu | April 22, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Interesting. Somewhere around 98+% of climate scientists agree that Gore's work and claims are accurate, in particular that climate change IS happening and that it IS caused primarily by human activity. There is some disagreement among these scientists as to the degree of the effect upon the Earth; most who disagree, in fact, say that the evidence shows that the effects will be WORSE than what Gore has been saying.

And yet, there are people who prefer to believe the 2% of scientists (most of whom have degrees that have little or nothing to do with climate science) are correct, despite the fact that their work has been shown to be full of holes. (And yes, that includes Richard Lindzen-- one of the very few who really DOES have some credentials in this field. Too bad for the deniers that much of his work has been repeatedly shown to be wrong.)

I'll stick with the 98%. Happy Earth Day.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | April 22, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

dear TIMNGUYEN1:

ur caps r on, btw

Posted by: bobsewell | April 22, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Teleprompter, Tim, you forgot "teleprompter."

And ACORN is already all caps. Surprised you missed that one.

Posted by: mattintx | April 22, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

poo poo
i think the name Goracle is wonderful!
His scientifically based research on climate, agriculture, and population is head and shoulders above anyone.
Those were HIS issues.
climate
agriculture
population
OH, and BTW...he, as VP, on HIS project while in office--cut 14 volumes off the Code of Regulations.
14 volumes of bull - off the Code of Regulations.
CLeaned it up.
I KNOW Al Gore knows what he is doing.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

COWARD LIAR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA "APOLOGIST IN CHIEF", HOW CAN HE KEEP HIS NONSENSE PROMISE DURING HIS CAMPAIGN, THAT IS, NEGOTIATING WITH U.S.' ENEMIES SUCH AS CUBA, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN, WHEN CUBA'S COMMUNIST REGIME REFUSED TO ANY POLITICAL REFORM AS FIDEL CASTRO, WHO HAS STILL CONTROLLED CUBA, STATED THAT OBAMA MISINTERPRETED HIS BROTHER RAUL BY SAYING THAT CUBA WOULD RELEASE SOME POLITICAL PRISONERS, NORTH KOREA JUST LAUNCHED ANOTHER MISSILE TEST, AND IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, AN EXTREMIST WHO HAS CALLED FOR ISRAEL TO BE WIPED OFF THE MAP AND DENIED THE HOLOCAUST, AGAIN DEFIED U.S. AND EUROPE WITH HIS RACIST HATE SPEECH AGAINST ISRAEL AT A U.N. ANTI-RACISM CONFERENCE??? IS HE GOING TO BOW TO FIDEL CASTRO, KIM JONG IL AND MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD AS HE DID TO KING OF SAUDI ARABIA TO GET HIS PEACE DEALS??? IS HE WILLING TO CONVERT TO ISLAM, HIS KENYAN FATHER AND INDONESIAN STEP-FATHER'S RELIGION, TO MEET OSAMA BIN LADEN'S REQUIREMENT THAT TO END THE IRAQ WAR, U.S. WITHDRAWAL IS NOT ENOUGH, AMERICANS MUST REJECT THEIR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM AND EMBRACE ISLAM??? AS FOR WATERBOARDING TACTIC USED BY CIA, OBAMA ORDERED TO STOP IT EVEN IT DID WORK WELL ON TERRORIST SUSPECTS SUCH AS KHALID SHAIKH MOHAMMED, THE SELF-DESCRIBED PLANNER OF 9-11 ATTACKS, SAVING THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES!!!

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | April 22, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

1] Jane Harman has been a fave of mine and I hope she is not in trouble. Only the release of the alleged recordings and her explanation of them will have any chance of clearing the air. The WaPo reports the potential dismissal of the indictments against the accused AIPAC employees is a result of changes in the rules of evidence regarding secret info, not politics.

2] I think KOZ has referred to the substance of a now viral email claiming the Prez restrained the SEALs. The supposed author of the mail is a retired admiral who disclaims it. It begins as a hearsay conversation with unnamed SEALs in VA and has the earmarks of a phony. When I was in the Navy I do not think destroyers carried sharpshooters. The SEALs came by darkness on the third night and I think only delaying action was taken before the SEALs appeared. But it is fair to ask why we did not have SEALs on board the first night, I think.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 22, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

REMEMBER THE CONSUMER

If Gore convinces Team Obama to push for cap and trade at a time of economic hardship for consumers -- without some mechanism to cap the consumer price of fuel and energy -- support for short-term action on global warming will evaporate.


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BUSH TORTURE MEMOS OK'ED RADIATION WEAPON USE -- ON AMERICANS, TOO

http://nowpublic.com/world/bush-torture-memos-oked-radiation-weapon-use-americans-too

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 22, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse


I love the Goracle.
Don't forget...he invented the Internet

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I call it Gorebal Warming. Pretty much says it all!!!!!!

Posted by: elreytk | April 22, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"until a kid is about 13 years old he can smell the sun coming up."

I believe this. Our 2 year old has learned how to open her bedroom door. This AM she came into our room at 6:30, not my preferred wakeup time.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 22, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Your continued use of "Gore-acle" is pointless and childish.

Posted by: Blarg | April 22, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I don't remember seeing crocodiles in "An Inconvenient Truth."

Posted by: mattintx | April 22, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh Boy. Albore is a big baffoon.

Let's be frank. That docuganda he did is a scientific croc. Not scientifically accurate. I do believe that it is worthy of the Josef Goebbels award for effective propoganda, but a scientifically accurage piece it is not.

Posted by: A1965bigdog | April 22, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Obviously Gore, the nitwit liar, has influence on them. They're all acting like dumba$$ buffoons and swallowing the manmade global warming kool aid.

Posted by: LarryG62 | April 22, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Simcox is the kinda problem that KILLS any chance of GOP regaining popular vote. Arizona elected a Dem governor, and of course has sent the maverick back to the senate numerous times. Along the border there will be support but this guy is too radical for state wide appeal.

Posted by: katem1 | April 22, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore is the Sarah Palin of the Democratic party. Just as a Fix post on Palin will yield disgusted, vitriolic responses from the left, a Gore feature will result in similar ugliness from the right.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 22, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

So long as man-bear-pig is on the loose, Al's got his work cut out for him.

Posted by: Comunista | April 22, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Vice-president Gore is proceeding in an interesting way. I just wonder what would be next for him? I see a few options..
1)Replace Ted Kennedy as the de-facto head of the democratic party and use his neutrality to shape policy.
2)Take a job as President of some University or institute. Not as likely IMO, but still a possibility especially if Harvard's president leaves anytime soon (although I seriously doubt she will leave in the next 10-20 years).
3)Get Elected as the next UN Secretary General. I could see this as a real possiblity. The past two SG's have been from Africa and Asia so I would expect a European or an American to come next.

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 22, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore has influence? Now that is a scary thought!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | April 22, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Comparing Gore to Limbaugh is absurd.

You may as well compare Einstein to Butthead ... Limbaugh being Butthead ... in case you can't make that logical connection.

Posted by: burtonpaul | April 22, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Gore is driving energy and environmental policy for Congressional Democrats. He wields immense power with liberals. As much as Limbaugh with the GOP...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 22, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The weakness, fickelness and spinelessness of obambi has been revealed in the pirate email traffic. Poor barry is way over his head.

Why didn't the SEALS fire. The US military isn't allowed to fire in the new lib world. They are to direct traffic and aplogize only.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 22, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Shame about all those facts ruining Al' s risky scheme.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 22, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Rick J, until a kid is about 13 years old he can smell the sun coming up. Chris can relish the idea of how many extra hours he'll have to work, and he can give himself a pat for letting the missus sleep in.

And at 13 this will reverse itself and the boy will want to stay up until 1 am playing Call to Duty. I know this for a fact.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 22, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

You're up early Chris!

Gore should be allowed to have influence in the White House, particularly on environmental matters. He's well respected worldwide and is viewed as a genuine authority on the matter (considering he's been looking at the environment since he was in Congress.) It's about time his own government shows him the respect that other countries have.

Re McCain: Simcox could cause a lot of trouble, particularly if he gets extensive media coverage. He might knock McCain off his game.

Posted by: RickJ | April 22, 2009 5:57 AM | Report abuse

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