(Al) Gore, whose documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" on the dangers of global warming won an Academy Award, will testify Wednesday at a joint hearing of House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Science and Technology energy and environment subcommittee. Later in the day, he is slated to appear before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for a hearing titled "Vice President Al Gore's Perspective on Global Warming."
PoliticsTV has video of his testimony.
I get the feeling that members of the right wing media are a little nervous about Al deciding to run. Who can blame them? Without benefit of declaring such intention, Gore is polling pretty high. In fact, there appears to be a direct corrolation between dread about Al Gore and the number of times a pundit will mention Gore's weight. (Hey Rush: glass houses, buddy) But even with that equation, I still can't account for NYTimes's (reg req'd) really loaded metaphors:
The last time Al Gore appeared publicly inside the United States Capitol, he was certifying the Electoral College victory of George W. Bush. He returns on Wednesday, a heartbreak loser turned Oscar boasting Nobel hopeful globe trotting multimillionaire pop culture eminence.
For Mr. Gore, who calls himself a "recovering politician," returning to Capitol Hill is akin to a recovering alcoholic returning to a neighborhood bar. He will, in all likelihood, deliver his favorite refrain about how "political will is a renewable resource" and how combating global warming is the "greatest challenge in the history of mankind." He will confront one of his fervent detractors, Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, who derides Mr. Gore as an alarmist.
He will also embrace old friends, pose (or not) for cellphone photos and greet the legion of climate change disciples who swear by the "Goracle" as a contemporary sage.[..]
Almost everywhere he goes these days, Mr. Gore is met with the fuss of a statesman. His hair is slicked back in a way that accentuates the new fullness of his face. At the hotel, Mr. Gore's perma-smile folded his narrow eyes into slits as he milled his way into a ballroom. Afterward, he accepted his customary standing ovation, slipped out a back door and into the back of a Lincoln Town Car, looking almost presidential.
Wow...talking about the press furthering a created narrative. This article could have been written by Karl Rove himself.
Eric Boehlert says this is just another volley in the ongoing NYT war against Gore.