They're Scared of Al Gore
UPDATE II: Bush's own environmental adviser says to see Gore's film.
UPDATE: As an fyi, I've got a podcast up of today's news, which includes a test of new equipment, as we get ready to branch out. Still some rough edges to be worked out, but we're getting there.
That’s the problem. If I thought Al Gore’s movie was as you like
to say, fair and balanced, I’d say, everyone should go see it. But why
go see propaganda? You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to
see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t go see Al Gore’s films
to see the truth about global warming. Think
I know they're scared of big, mean, revamped and renewed, regenerated and revived
Al Gore, but Nazis?
Al Gore has got them running to the wingnuts. Inconvenient
Truth opens this
weekend across the nation and the big fat energy companies are in a panic.
The movie has already garnered raves from Sundance to Cannes, so what's going
to happen when it explodes across the country? The green energy enemies have
begun a preemptive strike, but they cannot combat the buzz.
Over the weekend, I flew from Washington to Cannes. In Washington, the talk
was all about 2006. In Cannes, the talk is all about 2008.
That's because even with Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Penelope Cruz, Jamie Foxx,
and Halle Berry here for the film festival, the hottest star in town is Al
In Cannes for the European premiere of his powerful global warming documentary,
An Inconvenient Truth, Gore has been surrounded by adoring crowds and deluged
with interview requests. He told me that he gave 23 back-to-back-to-back interviews
on Sunday, Hollywood junket-style (all on only one hour's sleep), and had
another 23 scheduled for Monday. “This is my second visit to Cannes,”
he said. “The first was when I was fifteen years old and came here for
the summer to study the existentialists — Sartre, Camus… We were not allowed
to speak anything but French!” Which may explain his pitch-perfect French
It's clear that the film, and the engaging “New Gore” on display
both in the film and his public appearances promoting it, have connected with
people in a big way.
The film is an environmental punch in the gut. Gore 2.0 is a revelation,
and a critical smash. When asked at his press conference how he should be
addressed, he replied “Your Adequacy.” “Hanks himself could
not have delivered the line more smoothly,” gushed The Guardian. The
Washington Post's Sebastian Mallaby labeled him “a hero.” Time's
Anne Marie Cox called him “a rock star.” New York magazine touted
his “amazing comeback.” And even Fox News' Roger Friedman described
him as “funny and relaxed.” Talk about killer reviews.
So today's repeated denials don't really mean very much. Not because he doesn't
mean it, but because so much can happen between now and the convention.
Especially if it appears that Hillary is close to securing the nomination.
Then the pressure for him to enter the race — to act as the anti-Hillary
— will increase significantly.
But it's not just that so many Democrats fear a Hillary-led ticket.
The pressure on Gore to run will continue to grow because watching him speak
out so eloquently, so passionately, and so personally on this issue — in
other words, displaying real leadership — is like suddenly being served a
steak after a steady diet of fast-food burgers. It's a stark reminder of just
how far we've lowered the bar on what we expect from those we elect.
Is this a cinematic omen of things to come in 2008?
We can only hope.