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Understanding Al Gore's celebrity

The Anchoress nails this and good:

All of his post-election "success" -- all of it; the praise, the accolades, the faux-adulation -- was simply an expression of public spite against George W. Bush, and nothing more. Just as Jimmy Carter was (in the words of the Nobel Prize committee's own rep) given his "Peace"prize as "a kick in the leg at Bush", Gore only succeeded, post-Clinton, because of Bush-hatred.  The left lifted Gore up on the hot air of their angry resentments against Bush, and the unquestioning obeisance to his every crazed muttering was a crafted consolation prize that only remained airborne as long as the heat of Bush-hate could be accessed, it's chain pulled. Absent that heat, there was only the hard earth below.

Gore's Nobel Prize, his Oscar, his "regard" were all born of a desire to "kick at" Bush. Once Bush was gone, Gore was, too- all his lofty illusions have been grounded, and no one is interested in reinflating any of them.

Imagine being such a mediocrity that your greatest "successes" are not even about you, but about needling someone else. Recognizing that has to hurt.

I'm thinking a decent part of Obama's rise can be attributed to the same phenomena... that and of course affirmative action.

And yes Anchoress, the country is recognizing this and hurting for it.


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Yeah, they really taught Bu... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah, they really taught Bush a lesson. You mention "Nobel Prize" now and all you get are smirks and laughter.

I'm thinking a decent pa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'm thinking a decent part of Obama's rise can be attributed to the same phenomena

As I recall the Nobel committee actually admitted that part of the reason for giving obama the Peace Prize was to take a slap at Bush.

Here's another that nails A... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:
Al Gore, the man who ALMOST... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Al Gore, the man who ALMOST is as boring as John "I served in Vietnam" Kerry.

Buh 43 should send letters ... (Below threshold)
Poole:

Buh 43 should send letters to Carter, Gore and Obama that read as follow:

From: GWB
To:

Re: Your Nobel Prize.

You're welcome.

Well, Albert still has his ... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Well, Albert still has his nude stills with the monks to take comfort in.

Give the committee's knack ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Give the committee's knack for picking prize winners that are far left ideologues that as often as not do nothing to promote peace why would anyone pay attention to them anymore?

We get the three democrat stooges, Yasser Arafat, El Baradei (who used his position at the IAEA to help Iran build its nuke program) and other enemies of peace on the list of winners.

Over at the referenced post... (Below threshold)

Over at the referenced post by the Anchoress, I took the liberty of editing one line from a member of the commentariat, to make a point.

"Progressives' overwhelming belief that one of their own was entitled to be president led very directly to our current state of hyper-partisanism and disunity."

Mr. Gore's most strident supporters worship the delusion of their own omniscience to such a degree, they believe they have a birthright to rule, er, lead ... and their resultant hyper-partisanism extended, after 9/11, into an anti-war movement that gave us the term "BDS" and then went silent once Mr. Obama was elected.

The True Believers expanded their support base, by tapping into two powerful motives fueled by Progressive class warfare and amorality .... the belief of many that government must take from others to give them "what they deserve", and the aversion to having one's mellow harshed by credible criticism of their lifestyle/recreational choices.

(BTW, these two motives also form a lot of the market for comedians like Jon Stewart to build careers upon and even gain a measure of respectability, because these humorists effectively give the rest of us the permission to ignore the old fuddy-duds who believe that responsibility is not merely a function of pocket depth.)

They couched those motives in the language of the anti-war movement, but criticism directly related to those motives was almost always part-and-parcel of the anti-war protests, as well.

In that regard, Mr. Bush was simply the most convenient target for them ... for their true goal was/is to discredit the conservative worldview by any means necessary, intellectual honesty be damned.

That's why any conservative voice that gains national recognition ... from Limbaugh, to Coulter, to Palin ... is confronted with the same rabid vitriol as Mr. Bush was (and still is).

"I'm thinking a decent part... (Below threshold)
davidt:

"I'm thinking a decent part of Obama's rise can be attributed to the same phenomena... "


[But what was strange was that although Goldstein was hated and despised by everybody, although every day and a thousand times a day, on platforms, on the telescreen, in newspapers, in books, his theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed, held up to the general gaze for the pitiful rubbish that they were — in spite of all this, his influence never seemed to grow less. Always there were fresh dupes waiting to be seduced by him. A day never passed when spies and saboteurs acting under his directions were not unmasked by the Thought Police. He was the commander of a vast shadowy army, an underground network of conspirators dedicated to the overthrow of the State... In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices in an effort to drown the maddening bleating voice that came from the screen... The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic... The Hate rose to its climax... But in the same moment, drawing a deep sigh of relief from everybody, the hostile figure melted into the face of Big Brother, black-haired, black-moustachio'd, full of power and mysterious calm, and so vast that it almost filled up the screen. Nobody heard what Big Brother was saying. It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken... But the face of Big Brother seemed to persist for several seconds on the screen, as though the impact that it had made on everyone's eyeballs was too vivid to wear off immediately. The little sandy-haired woman had flung herself forward over the back of the chair in front of her. With a tremulous murmur that sounded like ‘My Saviour!’ she extended her arms towards the screen. Then she buried her face in her hands. It was apparent that she was uttering a prayer...]

The Democrat Party, through their lapdog 'news' media, worked the people into an irrational rage against Bush and then presented Obama as the savior.

1984 is a playbook for the Democrats.

Guys, guys. It has nothing ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Guys, guys. It has nothing to do with the personalities. Bush, Gore, whatever.

It's all Communist Party agitprop. If it's not Bush, it's Palin who's the devil. If it's not Gore who's the saint, it's Buraq.

But ultimately the Reds don't give a shit about the personalities. They're all simply a means to an end.

And Gore - like Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan - has served his. So he's expendable. As they are, and for the same reason.

I'm struck by the fact that... (Below threshold)

I'm struck by the fact that in 1976, we elected Jimmy Carter simply because his campaign said, "I'm not Nixon." Ford couldn't wash away the stench of the Nixon administration, specifically Watergate, Vietnam, and the Arab oil embargo/recession of '73-'74, so he lost.

Likewise, Obama's campaign made him out to be the antidote to everything that was wrong with America -- which of course was the fault of our idiot President who stole the 2000 election, George W. Bush. John McCain, as a Republican, was branded as "McSame" by the media/entertainment complex, so he lost.

And as a result, we ended up with the two most incompetent Presidents since the turn of the 20th century.

The good news was that America soon figured out that Carter was in way over his head, and replaced him with Ronald Reagan. For that reason, I'm very hopeful about 2012.

Jay Guevara nails it @ #10.... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Jay Guevara nails it @ #10. These people care nothing for individual character except as it provides another avenue of attack. To them, the goal is power and there are no rules.

~~~~~

Michael Laprarie @ #11 ~ Ford's loss was due to a lot of factors. Vietnam and the earlier recession were not big factors, though - we were out of Vietnam by Ford's action, and the major economic problem was a "stagflation" combination of inflation and slow growth with troubling unemployment (at levels we would probably happily trade for today).

Ford was his own worst enemy: the unsure reaction to the Mayaguez seizure, urging the public to wear "WIN" buttons (= Whip Inflation Now), and adamantly refusing to admit the Soviets dominated Eastern Europe in the debate undermined his chances, but many who would have chosen him over Carter were still angry over the Nixon pardon, then still very controversial.

And yet, although he was 33% behind Carter in the polls after the Georgia Peanut was nominated in July, it was so close by Election Day it wasn't until the wee hours it was called for Carter. Pollsters estimated the trend was so strongly for Ford in the closing days that had the Tuesday vote been on the following Friday, he would have won.

Four years later, the nation understood the mistake. All Reagan had to do was demonstrate he wasn't the crazy guy they were trying to paint him as, and he did.

Let's hope America is still as good at correcting her errors.

Al Gore and Barack Obama ar... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Al Gore and Barack Obama are like the Kardashians and Paris Hilton. They really haven't done anything to deserve respect or adulation, but they expect it because they have become "Fame Whores". They do nothing worthwile but expect to get paid for just being "them". What a shame our country has stooped so low that these nobodies can do this and be "honored" for it. I am ashamed mostly of our media who glamorize this kind of crap but downplay the hate thrown to decent people who are trying to bring back morality and honesty to our country. Shameful.




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