I saw "An Inconvenient Truth" a couple weekends ago when it opened here in the DC area. Around the same time, I heard an interview with Jello Biafra on the Marc Maron Show. Though Jello did not mention Gore, he did briefly mention his arrest and trial for "obscenity" which came in the wake of the Tipper Gore-drive PMRC hearings over 20 years ago. For more background, start here
And it occurred to me. Gore is an icon of the left, and amazingly dedicated to his cause. Biafra, though a bit more of a cult figure, is also amazingly dedicated to his causes. As we have seen on the right, even people who have had previous, unsightly fueds can put their differences aside when there is a larger cause to be served. Perhaps, with time, Gore has even come to change his thoughts about the wisdom of the whole PMRC exercise.
Even if that is not the case, what better symbol of unity on the left behind the cause of the environment (without which, no other causes matter) that if Gore and Biafra could somehow come together? Yes, Biafra has said some things that would give the Right quotes to toss around, but who cares about the Right? If we had a symbol of a united Left, then we'd also gain the respect and attention of the "middle" as well.
So how do we make it happen?