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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Waiting for Algore

Jonah Goldberg at NRO provides an interesting analysis on the Algore resurgence among the Lefties.

Comeback Al?
Reinvention hooey.

By Jonah Goldberg

Al Gore’s a lucky man. As we speak, his face is being added to Mt. Huffington, that virtual Rushmore of Great Men Destined to Save America. The committee deciding who gets chiseled onto Mt. Huffington has only one member: Arianna Huffington. In years past she has elevated her ex-husband, Michael, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and formerly relevant Warren Beatty as saviors of the republic. Now it’s Gore’s turn.

In a recent write-up of Gore’s visit to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new film on global warming, which premiered Wednesday in Los Angeles, Huffington hailed the “new Gore” as the “hottest star in town,” beating out Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks. Gore told Huffington that this was his second trip to Cannes. “The first was when I was 15 years old and came here for the summer to study the existentialists—Sartre, Camus. We were not allowed to speak anything but French!” This, gushed Huffington, “may explain his pitch-perfect French accent.” Perhaps. Though according to David Maraniss’s biography of Gore, the former vice president’s 15th summer was spent working on the family farm. Remember those stories about how Al Sr. said, “A boy could never be president if he couldn’t plow with that damned hillside plow”? That was the same summer.

Apparently, Poppa Gore thought a boy who couldn’t both plow a field and parlez French existentialism could never be president either. Then there’s the fact that young Al got C’s in French at his tony Washington high school, St. Alban’s. That’s some school if a kid who can intelligently discuss Sartre’s La Nausée and Camus’s Betwixt and Between in apparently pitch-perfect French still can’t earn a B in French class. Mon dieu!
But more important, he’s “a new Al Gore”—more relaxed, more passionate, more this, more that. And, of course, his fame as an environmental crusader is his greatest attribute among the liberal cognoscenti. Yet there were hundreds of stories about how Al Gore was a “new Al Gore” in 2000.
In fact, there have been lots of new Al Gores. In 1987, Dick Gephardt groused that “maybe the next debate should be between the old Al Gore and the new Al Gore.” In 1992, the press spotted the new Al yet again. The New York Times noted that “in Campaign ’92, there is a new Al Gore—crisper, animated, more to the point, leavened with a bit of impish humor.” In 2000, the new Al Gore did leave out his apocalyptic environmental messianism. But now the thinking seems to be that strident, green finger-wagging environmentalism would help him in ’08. Good luck.

The truth is that there’s always been just one Al Gore, a man betwixt and between his head and his heart, wanting to be both nerd-philosopher and poet-warrior—and coming up short on both counts.

It’s reminiscent of another existential play, originally written in French, so Gore no doubt knows it well. In Waiting for Godot, Godot never comes—and we are never even sure who Godot is. But we get the sense that the nonexistent Godot is really a Rorschach test of sorts, revealing more about what the audience wants him to be than anything else. So it is with those waiting for Gore.

I would guess that this piece didn't go over well with some... You know, the kind of people that would monitor Algore's current stock over at Tradesports on a daily basis, hoping for a boomlet... or perhaps the kind of people that would jump into the fiery pit of hell with Algore (Boy, that would be a sight! )

You know... the kind of people muttering to themselves as they walk up the street, "inconvenient truth... inconvenient truth... florida stolen... florida stolen..."

Yeah... the Moonbats.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (9)
Ben said...

It's called a spacebar. You may want to use it when naming a person.

Anonymous said...

Did Gore get the most votes in 2000 or not? -- Oliver

Brian said...

Did Did Gore get the most votes in 2000 or not?

Um...Let's see... Nope he didn't...

But hell of a political strategy, refight the battle you lost... twice...

Here's some news for you Oliver...Shh... GWB isn't running in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Please note - I didn't say Bush was running, in fact on my site I've said Dems strongly need to look past Bush. But, while Bush won the electoral college in 2000 - that he won it is not in dispute, but rather how he won it, something I'm not gonna rehash - he did not receive the most votes. That's all I was pointing out. -- Oliver

St Wendeler said...

Oliver - Brian's point was that it doesn't matter how many popular votes he wins... our system uses the Electoral College (and for very good reason).

Why don't you present a fresh face to the American electorate? Why return to Algore? why not throw jimmah carter back up there and see if they bite? Or perhaps Mondale?

Ben said...

Once again, I advise you on the neccessity of using the spacebar.

Brian said...

Oliver he didnt' win the most votes, since the popular vote total means diddly squat in our electoral system. It has the same weight as a poll of the screen actor's guild. Zippo.

So your tired tripe about how Al Gore (New! Improved! Get yours now!) got the most popular votes is just inane, and shows either a) your political ignorance, or b) your fascination with repeating talking points.

Brian said...

and ben... Why don't you contact the supporters of Algore and remind them of the spacing requirements at

It's in the logo.....


St Wendeler said...

algore = retread