Al Gore’s Great Prize

The great Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize today. With full hearts we congratulate him. Our “Al” joins greats such as the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Hooray for Al Gore.

We wrote in Clinton/Gore

President Bill Clinton’s first decision as the Democratic nominee in 1992 was to select Al Gore as his Vice President.

When Al Gore ran for president in 2000 a great many of the people that today lionize Al Gore attacked him.

The same people that attacked Al Gore in 2000, most disgustingly Big Media and Naderites, attack Hillary today.

These unrepentant Naderites (launching their attacks from Big Blogs) and Big Media employ the same untrue and twisted arguments against Hillary that they used against the wonderful Al Gore (see the Daily Howler and their archives for the full ugliness of the attacks against Al Gore).

Yesterday, Al Gore’s former room mate at Harvard, Bob Somersby (who deserves the yet non-existent Nobel Prize for loyalty and hardwork and truth telling under fire) wrote about the “Unstoppable Narratives“.

The power of press corps narrative is truly something to see. The notion that Gore was constantly “reinventing himself” was one of the punishing claims the press corps asserted, in every conceivable circumstance (and some that were not), during his twenty-month run for the White House. Baxter, of course, is being friendly to Gore. But this press corps narrative, devised to harm Gore, still trails Gore around in her head; indeed, it seems to have been power-blasted into every English-speaking journalist’s brain.

Somersby puts the blame exactly where it is deserved, on those who accept the scripts handed to us after manufacture by the right-wing machine:

In An Inconvenient Truth, and in later interviews, Gore often said how hard he’s had to work to convey the facts about global warming. I feel like I haven’t been very successful at telling this story, he has often said. Indeed, it’s exceptionally hard to convey information—but it’s astoundingly easy to convey brainless narratives. Even as she praises Gore, Baxter can’t resist the pull of her cohort’s sheer inanity. The word “reinventing” is stuck in her head in the compartment reserved for Gore. So is the concept of girth.

What complete, f*cking fools we mortals be! And here’s what the right-wing machine has long known: It’s very easy to put silly narratives inside our soft and brainless heads. It’s very easy to hand us scripts—scripts that just never leave us.

PINOs, Naderites, and the Big Blogs that dared to attack Al Bore Gore when he ran for president now clamor for Al Gore as Tribune of the People. Hypocrites. They have not learned a thing. The same lies they gleefully shouted to tear down a great man in 2000 they employ in their unreasoning attacks on a great woman today.

Again, Somersby:

Why is Clinton so “polarizing?” Not so much because of anything she did; she is “polarizing” because many Americans have (understandably) bought the remarkable packages of lies they have heard about her since 1992. Did you know that Clinton is a “murderer,” for example? In 1999, voters heard that for a half-hour on the egregious show Hardball, then for an hour on Hannity & Colmes. And they read all that sh*t about the Lincoln Bedroom—not realizing that the Clintons were being criticized, in part, for letting their teen-age daughter have slumber parties. [snip]

Of course, a Dem voter might prefer Obama or Edwards for perfectly valid reasons. But as we said yesterday, a question has now been joined: Do we believe the things that were said about the Clintons all through the 1990s? In their secret, inner souls, many staunch Democrats secretly do. Omigod! They believe the things that Limbaugh said. They’re searching about for someone else. As they do so, they’re riding with Limbaugh.

PINOs, Naderites and Big Blogs continue their attacks on Hillary. Today they recycle the same garbage about Hillary they recycled yesterday and the day before and the day before that. We will continue to fight them today, tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that.

Today is Al Gore’s day. Today is a day of gratitude for Al Gore’s great prize.

Al Gore has for a long time been one of the world’s leading environmentalist politicians. He became aware at an early stage of the climatic challenges the world is facing. His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.

By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is seeking to contribute to a sharper focus on the processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world’s future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind. Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man’s control.

In Taylor Branch’s great biographical trilogy on Martin Luther King he writes that after Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize Dr. King became like the biblical Pillar Of Fire. We expect Al Gore will accomplish the same. Burn ever brighter Al.