Al Gore may not have "invented" the internet per se, but he's made an enviable fortune investing in search engine and media giant Google, according to the NY Post Thursday. Columnist Deborah Orin cites "a well-placed Democrat" who claims that The Goracle owns "a ton of Google and he's made enough money that he could wait until a month before (the 2008 election) and just drop $50 million in to launch a race. He's got way more than enough money to buy this thing at any time in the process."
Gore, a close friend of Google's CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt, is widely credited with contributing to the web's early development. Repuglican folklore has it that Gore claimed to have said "I invented the internet." What he actually said was, "During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Big difference. What Gore did do is well-documented. As a Congressman and Senator in the '70s and '80s, Gore was instrumental in introducing computers into Congress, and sponsored bills making the federal government a catalyst for the "information superhighway." More importantly, he's credited with mandating the 1987 Reagan White House policy study of government computer networks which ultimately led to over a billion dollars being allocated towards national computer networks linking universities, schools and other institutions.
Regarding the '08 election, Orin quotes a "Gore friend" who said "He's doing what he should do if he wants to run; when you run and get the most votes as he did in 2000, I don't think psychologically you ever move on."
The Goracle, who's been getting massive media attention lately, will be in the spotlight again next week with the release of his new global warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."