Al Gore Assaults Our Reason With ‘I Haven’t Ruled It Out’

Former vice-president Al Gore will be on the front cover of Time magazine this week, and raises speculation about a possible run in 08 for Gore. You can’t do an interview with Gore without asking if he will run for President again. In most poll’s he is third or fourth just behind Clinton and Obama, and usually close to Edwards. In the Time interview Gore tells them he has “fallen out of love with politics.” “I haven’t ruled it out. But I don’t think it’s likely to happen,” Gore told Time. Time went on to ask what would it take, specifically? “I can’t say because I’m not looking for it. But I guess I would know it if I saw it. I haven’t ruled it out. But I don’t think it’s likely to happen.” Well at least he still talks like a politician. Time also has excerpts from Gore’s new book, ‘The Assault on Reason.’ In his book Gore examines American democracy and how it has gone awry. In his book he writes;

It is too easy and too partisan to simply place the blame on the policies of President George W. Bush. We are all responsible for the decisions our country makes. We have a Congress. We have an independent judiciary. We have checks and balances. We are a nation of laws. We have free speech. We have a free press. Why have they all failed us? … American democracy is now in danger not from any one set of ideas, but from unprecedented changes in the environment within which ideas either live and spread, or wither and die.

Gore keeps popping up in the news; first the Oscar, then he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and now his book. He has the money, the world wide connections, and the political savvy to still jump into this race and compete if he so decides. Being a politician is much like being an alcoholic. Gore was emotionally damaged from his loss to Bush in 2000. He doesn’t talk about it publicly, or even privately. All he needs is a good taste, and he will be back into politics, and once again fall back in love with his old friend, politics. To read the whole Time interview click here.
Alan Cosgrove

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