Gore and Kerry: The Perils of Presidential Losers (updated)
It shouldn't be that much of an embarrassment to lose a U.S. presidential election. After all, you made it to the top of the ticket in one of the two major parties in the most powerful country on Earth (at least for now).
Yet, if you judge by the post-defeat activities of Al Gore and John Kerry, you wold think their losses were a personal disaster of untold proportions that had to be made up for in some monumental manner that would cement their (positive) reputations into posterity. Call it Extreme Narcissism Deficit Disorder (ENDD). And the closer the election, the more severe the symptoms.
These days, both men's compulsive need to make their mark against all odds are highly on display -- and very much to all of our detriments.
The more ludicrous example -- when the wind chill factor is approaching record lows of minus fifty and a group of so-called climate scientists have been stuck in Antarctic ice for weeks with much of the MSM trying desperately to hide that they were there to investigate global warming in the first place -- is Mr. Gore's determination to insist that anthropogenic global warming is settled science, that the the world must stop everything it's doing and devote its scant economic resources to preventing this looming catastrophe (not to mention filling Mr. Gore's bank account). Only an imbecile, a corrupt UN diplomat, a New York Times or Guardian reporter, or a scientist on the dole could believe that.
Scratch that. A number of members of Congress plus our president seem to sort of believe it too. Actually, I think they're pretending. Most of them don't have the scientific background to have an opinion anyway. (It would be amusing to stand up in Congress and ask how many could define the Second Law of Thermodynamics -- high school physics. Would anyone bet the number of correct answers would top ten percent?) Nevertheless, they have "considered" opinions on global warming or climate change or whatever term is au courant (stormy weather?). Many say it's perilous and pay lip service to its gravity to appease the likes of pothead environmentalists in Humboldt County who flunked seventh grade math. They're voters, aren't they? It really is as ridiculous as that.