Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gorey Details

When the Cold War ended, Al Gore needed a new gig. To that point, he had worked very hard in Washington to earn a reputation as one of the more serious and knowledgeable legislators on the subject of arms control. But with the collapse of the former Soviet Union, that issue became passe very quickly and the ambitious young Senator was forced to reevaluate his career direction. In short order, he emerged from his soul-searching a wild-eyed tree hugger. His over-the-top screed, Earth in the Balance, was published shortly thereafter and he earned as a result a new reputation in Washington as one of its most serious and knowledgeable environmentalists. It was precisely then that I began to think Senator Al Gore a bit weird.

As he has remained a very public figure, my falling opinion of him has been regularly re-informed and re-enforced over the years. One example. During and immediately after his failed presidential run in 2000, I began to notice a change in the manner and cadence of his speech. I kept insisting to anyone who would listen that Al Gore increasingly sounded like a slow-witted sissy. One day I was listening to talk radio (Can't recall who. Not Rush.) and a tape was run in which Gore was asked to comment on some subject or other. When it was finished the host asked his audience, "When did Al Gore start sounding like a gay 'Forrest Gump'?" "Exactly!", I screamed. "The guy's weird I tell ya."

Well we're beginning to learn just how weird, aren't we? The "Portland Problem" isn't getting any smaller and, as Byron York points out, the accusing woman appears quite credible. Not that she needs to prove her case. As we learned during the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy from everyone on the Left, most especially the feminists, no woman would ever make up such a story.

So, think about it. If not for a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling against Gore's challenge of Bush's win in 2000, this "crazed sex poodle" would have been president. (Imagine the Sage visibly shuddering.) How did those five justices know?

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