Thursday, January 19, 2006
He travels, he speaks, he jokes, he wows, he inspires, he's the rare Democratic voice attacking the Busheviks. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Al Gore "has seemingly lost the stiffness that was the hallmark of his vice presidency and White House run."
On Monday he delivered a scathing critique of the Bush administration during a passionate Martin Luther King Jr. day speech (a speech, mind you, that was all but ignored by the mainstream media). Next week he'll be the talk of the Sundance Film Festival where the new global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" will be premiering.
There's no stopping Al. He's becoming the Democrats' oracle; the voice of logic, reason and morality, and the wise old sage on everything from the war, the environment and executive power. Let's just call him, The Goracle.
Make no mistake about it. Al Gore is on a rehabilitation crash-course. We're witnessing one of the greatest make-overs in political history. And it's working. Gore has lost his stiffness. And he's acquired a voice in its stead. And he's crafting a message that's resonating across liberal America. All you had to do was turn on the radio or surf the 'net on Monday to realize just how much excitement and buzz Al is generating.
I'll admit it. I've been front and center on the Al-Gore-for-president bandwagon. And I take heat for it from a few friends and colleagues who just can't seem to get over just how inept the former VP was in his 2000 bid to become president. But I'll keep pounding the table on the fact that Gore's changed; the country has changed; the world has changed. The Al Gore of 2000 is not who you see and hear before you today. He's the new Nixon. The Comeback Kid. His transformation calls to mind the terrific words of Bob Dylan: "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." Gore's rebirth is fascinating to watch. He is indeed younger, stronger, smarter and undeniably prescient.