October 12, 2007

It's Official: We Picked The Wrong Guy

I can't help but think that the appropriate headline for Gore's Nobel Peace Prize today is this: "It's Official: We Picked The Wrong Guy...."

On one hand, we have Gore seemingly foreseeing every major trend of the age - he anticipated the importance of the internet and funded it in the early 90's; he bucked the trend and vocally opposed the Iraq war in 2002, and he brought the issue of global warming to Congress in 1981. Al Gore has always been an awkward man, and he has never been in tune with the times. Now, after a long series of "I told you so" moments culminating in today's Nobel prize, we know why Gore has been so out of place. He is a misfit in the present because his head is in the future, and all these years he has been anticipating the world we inhabit today.

Instead - and thanks to 537 voters in Florida in particular - we have a government that has been flying blind, and that does not seem to know what it has gotten us into even after the fact. Whether we consider the current administration's lack of prescience on Iraq, Bush's thoughtful ruminations on Blackwater in particular, the administration's reckless wild spending spree, or its lack of understanding of the ramifications of its shredding of habeas corpus... it seems clear that America can pat itself on the back and acknowledge that, yes, we all made a terrible mistake back in November 2000.

My God, what have we done?

Posted by David at October 12, 2007 02:46 PM

After losing to Regan, Carter was awarded a Nobel Prize too. The Nobel is looking a bit like the Democratic Presidential Consolation prize.

Posted by: Roger at October 13, 2007 06:57 PM

Another related op-ed: "Gore Derangement Syndrome" from Paul Krugman.


Posted by: David at October 15, 2007 02:32 PM

sorry to post something irrelevant -but my Gmail has been hacked into and the HQ phone number doesn't let me speak to anyone. I've reported "someone has broken into my account" 5 times. I've contacted the police and the FBI, all are saying I need to contact Google. I need help fast! I work in online video and my career is contingent on that account! I need help fast.

-Brian Gonzalez

Posted by: brian gonzalez at October 15, 2007 02:37 PM
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