Over the top with AlGore
Can we get Al Gore on the 2004 ticket? Please? Didn't Bill Clinton tell us he was the greatest vice president in the history of the country? It's not only partisan Republicans who snicker about the new, louder, unhinged Gore. Many Democratic operatives can't keep a straight face or refrain from rolling their eyes as the former vice president tries to roar back onto the political stage.
Al Gore is proving to be the most irrelevant, comically absurd former vice president since Spiro Agnew. This blustering Saturday Night Live caricature is no longer a serious political figure. At a MoveOn.org event yesterday, Gore — in wild-eyed, Howard Dean-like fashion — screamed out the names of most of the Bush-administration defense and national-security leadership (including the Clinton/Gore CIA director) and demanded their resignation in the middle of the war on terror. Columnist Charles Krauthammer observed, "Looks as if Al Gore has gone off his lithium again." The speech, long on invective and short on facts, was an endorsement of a policy of appeasement, retreat, and good old blame-America-first extremism.
In Al Gore's increasingly bizarre worldview, Condi Rice is a bigger threat to the world than bin Laden or the butchers who kill our soldiers in Iraq. As our troops are in harm's way overseas, Gore's contribution to war-on-terror strategy is the idea that we should upend our entire national-security apparatus and go through a half-dozen or so contentious confirmation hearings this summer. Weeks ago, Gore's 2000 running mate, Joe Lieberman, observed, "We're in the middle of a war — you wouldn't want to have the secretary of defense change unless there's really good reason for it and I don't see any good reason at this time."
Radio and TV host Sean Hannity appropriately called for a moment of prayer in the opening of his radio show yesterday to thank God Al Gore isn't running the country. We can only hope the Democratic Convention will prominently feature the coalition of the unhinged (Dean, Gore, MoveOn.org)....
Outside of MoveOn.org, the biggest cheers for Gore must have been coming from caves in Afghanistan and diehards in Fallujah. Bitterness over Florida and exile from most of the leaders of your own party are no excuses for such irresponsibility.
Most Americans will recognize that giving this kind of comfort to the enemy during war does not speak for our nation, and they are grateful Al Gore doesn't either. Yesterday Gore preached to us that we needed someone with "good judgment and common sense" in the presidency. We got that by not electing him.