On Thursday, Time magazine put up on its website an advance article of its cover story on Al Gore's new book, with excerpts.
Immediately the right started the character assassination. Just like we predicted, there's not a word about the merits of Gore's arguments. Not a word. Why do you think that is?
But perhaps the greatest fraud is that Al Gore is being presented as some sort of intellectual when in fact even his ex-boss knew him to be an uninformed and downright ignorant boob.
"... a man who sold the most serious vote of his Senate career for 20 minutes of Prime Time TV..."
In 1992 Al Gore slammed George Bush for ignoring Saddam Hussein's ties to terrorism and Saddam's building of nuclear weapons.
1992? 15 years ago? Is that the best you can do? And something happened between then and George W. Bush's claims that Iraq had WMD: The Clinton/Gore administration's massive 1998 bombing campaign destroyed Iraq's capacity to develop WMD! Anway...
He should follow-up with The Audacity of Hypocrisy and toss his hat into the ring for President. The Nutroots have to love this guy.
Honestly, this has the same level of economic sophistication as pre-WWII arguments about Jewish bankers causing WWI.
Of all the people asking why "reason, logic and truth...play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions," Al Gore shouldn't be the one asking. After all, his mindless rants are almost totally devoid of logic. Lord knows that they're essentially fiction, thereby stripping truth from the equation.
He was for public dscourse before he was against it. In the same aptly named blatherfest, "The Assault on Reason." What's Al Gore got against "the rejection and distortion of science," anyway? He got an Oscar doing that.
Over at Smoking Politics, we've gotten some really nice comments some of which are actually directed as us for having the audacity to stand up for Vice President Gore.
A few of our favorites:
There is the simple:
"Al Gore is full of shit."
The odd leaps of logic:
"Wow - ridiculed, made fun of and mocked. They will tease and make fun of him.
Those fascist right-wing demogagues. Teasing Al Gore. Next stop - the gas chambers:
Grow up you left wing lunatics"
"You useless idiots."
And our personal favorite, hat tip and thank you to Sam:
"With a few exceptions, this is the most outrageously hilarious set of comments I've yet to see on the WWW, exactly fulfilling Dave Johnson's and James Boyce's prediction.
This site must be high on the list of the lunatic fringe of the right wing
Keep up the good work!"
Join us at Noon EST on Friday when Dave sits in as Guest-Co-Host, with James on "Heading Left's BlogTalkRadio Show" and we discuss these comments, and much more.