Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Gore and Godwin 

Former VP Al Gore walked right up to the edge of Godwin's Law while speaking in Oxford, England on Tuesday:
"'Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource.'

"Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as that from Hitler."
Well, at least we have a national politician of the Democratic Party speaking in positive tones about Winston Churchill, so there's that.

(There is a video of Al Gore at the link above, but this blog disclaims all responsibility for any adverse reactions you may have, should you choose to watch it).

UPDATE: The Anchoress is blogging about the big funeral in LA and wants to know where Al Gore is, and why he isn't "decrying the use of inefficient Rolls Royces and Range-Rovers in this funeral cortege." She answers her own question lower down in the post.

CWCID: Hot Air


By Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles), at Tue Jul 07, 11:25:00 PM:

This isn't the first time by any means that Al-baby has invoked the Nazis to refer to his opponents: anyone else remember the "digital brownshirts" remark in a raging speech a year or two after the 2000 elections?  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Wed Jul 08, 01:01:00 AM:

Skip forward thirty years. CAn you imagine how BIG a joke Al Gore is going to be to the next two generations.

That is, unless the O-Bomb produces such intergenerational misery that such considerations become a moot point.  

By Blogger joated, at Wed Jul 08, 07:05:00 AM:

"Walked"? Hell, the deluded snake oil salesman sprinted to Godwin's Law.

Things must really be getting desperate. He must have another electric bill to pay.  

By Blogger Viking Kaj, at Wed Jul 08, 09:40:00 AM:

Al Gore = William Jennings Bryan

Norwegian Nobel Committee = Absolute Idiots  

By Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles), at Wed Jul 08, 10:18:00 AM:

Hmmm... I guess for his single-minded attachment to the fantasy of global warming, Al could be compared to Bryan and his similar devotion to pacifism in foreign affairs.  

By Blogger Viking Kaj, at Wed Jul 08, 10:53:00 AM:

I was thinking more specifically of the Scopes Monkey Trial. By the end of his life Bryan had become a paunchy burned out joke.  

By Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles), at Wed Jul 08, 10:54:00 AM:

I'd forgotten about Scopes. Very apt.  

By Blogger Viking Kaj, at Wed Jul 08, 11:21:00 AM:

By the way, far from saving civilization you could make the argument that Winston Churchill was a major contributing factor in causing the crises. As First Lord of the Admiralty with Jackie Fisher thiry years earlier he engaged in a reckless arms race with Germany that directly led to WWI, and of course the harsh reparations of WWI are credited with the German thirst for revenge in WWII. His guiding principal was to preserve the British empire at any cost, so he was also ultimately a great failure. Not a person to admire in my book.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jul 08, 12:06:00 PM:

I once thought South Park was too hard on Al Gore wth ManBearPig. No more. I'm cereal!

Link, over  

By Blogger Brian, at Wed Jul 08, 12:08:00 PM:

So is the Anchoress always that incoherent? While she didn't manage much in the way of content and thought, she does get credit for shoving lots of links in though.

Anyway, the "I demand that you denounce and spend time on issuess I feel that you should spend time on" thing is pretty worn out. I'd call it part of the phony umbrage taking, but a lot of people like her seem highly sensitive and easily outraged, so probably not phony. Just stupid.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Wed Jul 08, 12:32:00 PM:

I think you missed the point. It wasn't a heartfelt cry of 'you should be doing X!' It was a snarky observation about the stupidity of this celebrity worship.

"seem highly sensitive and easily outraged"

Yeah, you totally didn't get it.  

By Blogger Purple Avenger, at Wed Jul 08, 02:02:00 PM:

25% of the GNP was dedicated to the war effort.

With crap & tax, we'll probably get pretty close again.  

By Blogger Brian, at Wed Jul 08, 06:28:00 PM:

Dawnfire: so you mean it was just a gratuitous, content-free insult that used Gore for the heck of it? Not sure she sounds any better that way.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jul 08, 08:57:00 PM:

To Brian from Link,

I've never read Anchoress before but thought this particular column pretty good. I'll return.

Back when South Park was doing ManBearPig I thought Al Gore harmless. I couldn't have dreamed that something like Energy could have passed the House. In retrospect it's clear that Gore sulked over his 2000 loss until he found an issue to gain attention. A year ago he wouldn't broach fact-based questioining of AGW. Today he alludes to Churchill and saving civilization. Gore is unhinged and deserves everything he gets.

The odds are much higher that Gore himself will have brought down Western civilizationin the next ten years. I'm cereal!

Link, over  

By Blogger Viking Kaj, at Thu Jul 09, 01:46:00 PM:

Carter has been unhinged since 1979 and yet he seems to stumble on, running his own foreign policy.

Gore will be no different, but we should address them both with the title "your irrelevancy".  

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