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Sweet blog extra: Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize. Chatter increases about a 2008 bid. Should he run?


WASHINGTON--Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace prize on Friday, touching off chatter about whether he will jump in the 2008 race.

The Dem presidential hopefus have been sending out statements of congratulations.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Senate Democratic political operation, has already set out a fund-raising appeal pegged to Gore's win (click below for pitch.) Sign a card to congratulate Al!

Former President Jimmy Carter, on NBC's "Today Show" encouraged him to get back into politics.

BY DOUG MELLGREN Associated Press
OSLO, Norway---- Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.


Dear Friend,

While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1980s, I remember a young, gutsy Congressman who criticized the Reagan administration for ignoring the effects of greenhouse gases. That member of Congress was Al Gore, and today his perseverance has been recognized across the globe.

When Al and I served together in the House, he was a humanitarian before he was a politician. He was a tireless advocate for the environment and an educator. And now Al Gore is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. It was announced hours ago in Norway that he shares the award with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Al gave speech after speech on the climate crisis long before it was a trendy topic. When you think of an American with persistence - who has never lost sight of pursuing what's right - think of our fellow Democrat Al Gore. Join me in congratulating him on well-deserved success.

Click here to congratulate Al Gore on his Nobel Peace Prize. Sign the DSCC's card to Al today.

This is a proud day for all of us. An American citizen was given the highest honor for an issue of the greatest importance. Al Gore has never stopped working toward a solution for global warming, and now the world recognizes him for his tenacity and his activism.

Since our days in Congress, I have called Al Gore a principled fighter for the American people. He was a leader then and a Nobel Prize winner now.

We all say congratulations, Al. We couldn't be prouder.


Sen. Chuck Schumer

Click here to sign the DSCC's congratulations card to Al Gore.

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Since the 1980s, the Norweigian Laureate committee has consistently favored causes that find a more leftist (or liberal) base - like environmental issues (which, despite arguments that it shouldn't be, is indeed politicized and exploited by the Democratic party to augment its constitutency and thus improve its political fortunes) and even those concerning stem cell research, among others. However, the problem is that, with this, "Liberal" or Democratic politicians - like the failed US President Jimmy Carter and now Al Gore - are honored while Conservative Presidents, like Ronald Reagan - who ended the Cold War and created an Economic restructuring and thus renaissance that has benefitted his three successors, and instilled nearly $18 Trillion into the world economy with the first traces of "borderless" trade that later became "Globalization" - are snubbed.

As the several mountains of evidence that has emerged the last 10 years has proven, Reagan was clearly the architect of ending the Cold War (as even one with a 3rd grade education knows today). Yet, he has still not received one, even though his counterpart, Gorbachev did in 1988. It was a disgraceful and unconscionable snub "justified" by the same committee through Hans Blix, who stated that "we do not wish to affect the American electoral process." He was, of course, referring to the election that year, fearing RR's prize would aid the Republicans. However, the same legislature shows no such concern in helping another party near an election period 20 years later. Anyway, such a move - like awarding Carter the Prize on the eve of a rumored Iraq invasion - smacked of political or ideological motivations, and not of simply honoring world changing work. Over 78-83% of all Americans in most every poll of the last ten years agree that RR played a vital role in ending the Cold War, yet the committee is deaf, dumb, blind, and stiffenly arrogant at even considering this fact. When Reagan died in 2004, leaders from across the world confirmed his greatness as a leader and president, underscored by how he achieved -in Henry Kissinger's words (who was no Reagan fan), "the greatest diplomatic achievement of the 20th century."

The passage of time provides this perspective, as venomous political partisans (made intransigent by their own bigotry and inability to admit they were wrong) either shut up or die off. Reagan - villified in his time by his opponents for disagreeing with them - is now a revered totem of US and world history, yet bigoted and close-minded academics and scientists refuse to reconsider the matter. To them, it is still 1988. Based
on this, they have learned nothing in 20 years - and are resolved to keep it this way.

Yet, if they claim to truly honor world changing work (that which improves humanity), where is Ronald Reagan's Nobel Prize? He was the impetus - the steadfast navigator and architect of ending the Cold War even as Soviet Leaders "kept dying on (him.)" Didn't this make perhaps the most profound change on world peace and humanity in the latter half of the 20th Century? Indeed, Carter and Gore are worthy, but does anyone seriously believe their achievements are more worthy than Reagan's? If they do, they probably need to call Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, Margaret Thatcher, Jack Matlock, Sergei Tarasenko, Grennady Gerasimov, George Herbert Walker Bush, Ted Kennedy (yes, that's right, Ted Kennedy), Eduoard Schevardnaze, Andrei Gromyko, millions of people who lived behind the Iron Curtain and others and run that past them. I'm certain that they'd have several things about such a conclusion.

Overall, until Reagan (posthumously) receives a Nobel Prize and/or reputedly "liberal" American politicans are no longer the ONLY US poltical leaders honored by the committee, I will be forever suspicious of the motivations and ideological subterfuges that affect the committee's decisions. In sum, it will always be a skewed committee, championing causes it deems appropriate and, by extension, those who visibly support them. Indeed, Reagan defied the same committee (and academic) ideologues who felt he should have accommodated the USSR THEIR way, and succeeded HIS way, and they still resent him for it (when they give him credit at all). This should not make a difference in their decisions, nor should "politics." Yet, it does - and it tends to favor one side. This lack of objective, even-handed consideration undermines its credibility and real value.

In sum, I don't begrudge Carter or Gore of their prizes. Yet, now, to make things right, we need to add Ronald Reagan (God rest his soul) to the list of noted American statesmen who is honored for his work for humanity, and changing things for the better.

Congratulation! you would have my vote for president anyday....Gore/Clinton, Gore/Obama, Gore/Biden, Gore/anybody....

Yes,Gore should definitely run for president. He not only cares about people, but he also cares about the world. He is obviously a talented orator who is a thinking humanist.=]

He should run to a clinic and get mental and emotional therapy. He need only ask Tipper, she already knows the way.

Nobel Peace Prize: NEW Global Warming Antiperspirant

AP – Al Gore has for a long time been full of hot air. He has a vivid imagination about the world around him. His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. Al’s basic mistrust of the seasons may stem from an episode of the Twilight Zone, in which the Earth gets too close to the Sun. Summers are hot & sticky, and Gore is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures needed to create a more effective global deodorant.

If former college roommate, Tommy Lee Jones, could save the City of Los Angeles from an errant volcano, and the world entire from a giant cockroach (Men In Black), then certainly Big Al deserves a prize for his Global Antiperspirant Initiative to control perspiration, and prevent the meltdown of Earth. The same great ingredients and trusted formula that kept our leaders dry during the Cold War – now in roll-on or stick. As the planet heats up, you don’t have to! Clinton tested: guaranteed to leave no trace:

An British judge stopped the showing of "Inconvienient Truth" over there because there are NINE situations in that movie that have been PROVEN to be FALSE.............oh well, if there is Global Warming, its his own 'hot air' causing it.

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