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  •  Because (6+ / 0-)

    He's the one who has dedicated his career and a good part of his life to it.  It's as simple as that.

    He's the one who has been working on this issue for decades.  He explains this in "An Inconvenient Truth".  If you haven't seen it, please do.  You'll find footage from decades ago of Gore in Congress, you'll find him explaining how he first learned about global warming, how he has studied and worked with scientists, etc.  And of course, he provides a ton of other information.  But one thing you can't miss in the film is the journey Gore has travelled with this issue, the perseverence (against odds, with much dismissal and ridicule, etc.) that Gore has shown.

    "War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." -- George Orwell

    by joanneleon on Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 07:23:18 AM PST

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    •  Gore epitomizes leadership. (2+ / 0-)
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      Plain & simple. The American Presidency is about nothing more & nothing less. For instance, BushCo has lead our entire country into disgrace. I almost feel sorry for Al Gore, I almost do not want him to run, because of the wreck of a nation he is going to inherit.
      But most Americans don't yet see the enormity of it, they will follow the psychological balance of a do-over and vote for Al Gore, hoping to see him turn the clock back. He won't be able to do that, but he has proven that he will be able to lead us. Being POTUS from Jan '09 to '17 is going to be extraordinarily difficult. Al Gore is the phoenix that has risen out of his political ashes. He is uniquely situated and is the leader this country needs. He's already doing it from his home in Nashville, think what he'll be able to do from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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      by spiraltn on Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 11:18:24 AM PST

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      •  you're implying that Clark doesn't epitomize (0+ / 0-)

        leadership also. And that is preprosterous.

        •  I have alot of respect for Wes Clark. (1+ / 0-)
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          There is no denial of his leadership inherent in the word epitomize. I appreciate all he did in the 06 campaign for others. He is a fabulous team player & exhibits marvelous leadership. I would be proud to vote for him if he is my party's nominee.
          To answer one of your questions from above, I think Al Gore has a more varied resume and has more effectively changed the minds of average Americans in the last 9 months than Wes Clark has. That's what I'm getting at here. How has Gen Clark galvanized the public discourse and moved it?

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          by spiraltn on Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 01:56:18 PM PST

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          •  not to take away Gore's credit with ICT... (0+ / 0-)

            but it's not fair to ask "how has Clark galvanized the public discourse and moved it?" in comparison to someone who was in a position to utilize the broadest form of media we have. But since you asked, come on. Clark is constantly writing op ed pieces about Iraq and talking to Congress and putting himself out there everywhere he can so he'll be listened to. But the real problem with your question is that it implies that Gore's movie and the impact it's had would give him any extra ability to get the job done once in the WH. Do you really doubt that with Clark in the White House he would be any less effective? Do you doubt he wouldn't heed the warnings in the movie and listen to the gamut of folks like Gore who have plenty of ideas about addressing global warming? Did you know that Clark is on the board of directors of Wavecrest, a co. that is about alternative energies?

            •  just 2 things I want to address specifically... (0+ / 0-)

              First of all, I have full faith that Wes Clark would do a superb job in the White House.
              2nd, what put Al Gore "in a position to utilize the broadest form of media we have?" His leadership and dedication. Nobody came searching for him here in TN & gave him a movie camera. When he headed down to Middle TN State University in '01 to teach an undergraduate class, he wasn't on the phone to movie producers shopping around story ideas during his office hours. He just went back to what he felt most strongly about and things built from there. Yes, he is a former VP, but do you remember the words echoing around him in those days? He was being called the biggest. loser. ever. period. From that to the esteem this diarist describes in 6 years? That's a story that resonates with me. Apparently Wes Clark's vision & story resonate with you. Bravo!

              wanna draft Al Gore? Preorder your copies of "The Assault on Reason" today! Vote early, vote often!

              by spiraltn on Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 05:10:45 PM PST

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