Last Night's Presidential Debate Proves That Al Gore's Life Has Been In Vain

Sometimes silence can reveal more than words. And the complete silence of both candidates during last night’s (and previous nights’) presidential debate on climate change speaks volumes about just how dead the issue now is. Indeed, this is the first time in 24 years that neither candidate thought it fit to mention what Al Gore has billed the biggest threat ever to “human civilization as we know it.” That Obama didn't feel the need to devote even a lame half-a-sentence to it in the 270 minutes of free airtime he has gotten shows what a remarkable fall this defining challenge of our generation has enjoyed. Laments Evan Lehman of Environment & Energy:

This is the first time since 1988 that climate hasn't been mentioned in the presidential debate cycle, Johnson of Climate Silence said in a post that provides partial transcripts to the contests. Back then, Republican vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle said, "the greenhouse effect is an important environmental issue."

In 2008, Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) discussed efforts to reduce emissions in three debates, including in one presided over by last night's moderator, Bob Schieffer. Their running mates also talked about it, with Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) touching on the dangers faced by her home state.

This year's omissions make the prospects cloudy for climate action in the next four years, whether the nation is led by Obama or Romney.

Indeed. Which proves one thing: Just what a waste Al Gore’s life has been. His career is dead. His marriage to Tipper is dead. His cause du juor is dead. The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?

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  • R C Dean||

    The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?

    His mansions and millions?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Not after Tipper's through with him in the divorce courts.

  • BarryD||

    Wow... Al or Tipper... In whose misery would I take more pleasure?

    Let's hope they BOTH end up completely fucked.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Li'l Al.

  • BarryD||

    Like, 100,000,000 or more IIRC...

    Not a bad thing to hang your hat on.

    Why would anyone assume that a world-class looter seeks "meaning" beyond collecting world-class loot?

  • Erik Jay||

    His MANSIONS (plural) and HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS.

    Al's gotten pretty chunky there, too. He looks awfully like, say, A ROBBER BARON! THAT'S IT!

    What an effwad.

  • JWatts||

    He's hanging onto his house boat. Bio-Solar One. Yep, that's the actual name. And it's parked closest to the pier restaurant at Hurricane Marina on Center Hill Lake.

    It's a mighty nice boat. He has it filled with bio-diesel to run the engines. Of course, the marina doesn't actually stock bio-diesel, so they have to truck it in and run a hose from a truck in the parking lot which makes a special trip and undoubtedly voids any actual benefit. But, hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

  • Jordan||

    A shitload of cash that he stole from taxpayers for his green energy scams?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wealth and food. Precious food.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    This year's omissions make the prospects cloudy for climate action...

    Cloudy indeed. With a chance for precipitation in the form of delicious, salty ham tears.

  • Mensan||

    Winner.

  • alittlesense||

    Hmmmmm...I guess this means Tipper is available?

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    ew

  • John||

    How do you go from being the Vice President of the United States and a hanging chad away from being President to copping cheap feels from a middle aged massage therapist like a crazed sex poodle? I am not sure I can think of a public figure who ended up with less dignity than Al Gore.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Oh, I think John Edwards and Nwcular Titties are right up there in the "less dignity" department.

  • SFC B||

    John Edwards is the only person I can think of who has had a similar fall. But he never rose as high as Gore.

    But he was a lawyer so it's questionable if he had much dignity to begin with.

  • Zeb||

    I'd say Edwards' fall is a bit worse. The elaborate conspiracy to hide his love child really makes it.

  • John||

    Edwards just had an affair with an ugly broad. At least he could get laid. There isn't anything lower than hoping for a happy ending from a massage therapist in a hotel room.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Especially considering how much he was rhetorically fellated by the Hollywood celebutard crowd. You'd think Gore would be swimming in tail from that pool of idiots.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Two Americas: The conmen and the marks.

  • Ice Nine||

    I am not sure I can think of a public figure who ended up with less dignity than Al Gore.

    His earnest self-righteousness carries him right through the dignity problem. He has no idea that he has none.

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    Pffft. Yeah, the man who singlehandedly killed Manbearpig is a REAL loser.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    I am not sure I can think of a public figure who ended up with less dignity than Al Gore.

    Saddam Hussein?

    Larry Craig?

    Madonna is also still in the race.

  • Atanarjuat||

    That was fucking weird. Most major cities are filled with rub 'n' tug places. Why go see a legit massage therapist and whip your dick out?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time...."

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    "...but you can't make 'em drink."

  • MattJ||

    The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?

    VPOTUS for 8 years?

    I've got no love for the guy, but it seems like the list of politicians who would trade their current position for that one in a heartbeat has to be pretty long, even if it meant they would never get to the big chair.

  • Killazontherun||

    warm piss

  • Hugh Akston||

    ManBearPig!

  • sarcasmic||

    He's got hookers in one hand and room service in the other.

    Life could be worse.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    But Al Gore's life was ALWAYS a waste. No productive job, ever. Poor academics. Second Fiddle to President Bubba and his charming wife Bruno. The only 'cause' he ever championed was a fraud, and if he didn't know it he had peach-pits for brains.

    I predict that he will spend the rest of his miserable life trying to regain the attention of the increasingly irrelevant Liberal Media. He will have one or two sordid affaires with women young enough to be his granddaughter, at least one of which will tell the tabloids that he is impotent. When he dies in deserved obscurity it will be discovered that his mansion is filled with rubbish, and there will be a nasty fight over the estate that converts the entire thing into lawyers' fees.

  • Spartacus||

    He's sort of like our very own Prince Charles.

  • Loki||

    ... and his last word will be "rosebud".

  • LTC(ret) John||

    +1 Kane

  • Ken Shultz||

    "The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?"

    The Moral Majority's man in the Democratic Party?

  • Gilbert Martin||

    Well he has been pretty successfull in assuming the shape of a hot air ballon.

  • Average Dude||

    The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?

    He can still make the occasional guest appearance on 30 Rock.

  • BoscoH||

    CCR did write a song about him, no?

  • db||

    It Came Out of the Sky?

  • Ken Shultz||

    I ain't no senator's son!

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Gorefest named their whole band after him.

    I think.

  • db||

    Perhaps this answers yesterday's question: What does Obama do for an encore if he loses in two weeks?

  • ||

    This never gets old: Al Gore or the Unabomber?

  • robc||

    I scored 50%.

    Which, means, ummm, that I cant tell them apart at all.

  • KDN||

    I got 33%. Which means I can tell them apart but my assumptions were basically backwards.

  • robc||

    I assumed that the one using big words and complex sentence structure was the Unabomber.

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    Exactly the criteria I used, and I came away with 50%. Oh, and also because I knew that Al Gore would never, ever, ever complain about rising taxes.

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    Same here, 50%, wow.

  • amelia||

    42%. The overall tone is really consistent over all the quotes.

  • ||

    Al can always hang onto that time he tried to ruin music, I guess.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Are you talking about the speed metal album he put out in '86?

  • Paul.||

    Yeah, where Tipper's on the cover in a leather Bikini.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    He was in Vietnam, I guess.

  • entropy||

    The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?

    His Chakra?

  • BoscoH||

    There's always his list of differences with Bill Clinton:

    Al Gore: Internet
    Bill Clinton: Intern

    Al Gore: Senator's son
    Bill Clinton: Somebody's son

    Al Gore: Tipper
    Bill Clinton: Fuck her.

    Al Gore: Wooden
    Bill Clinton: Woody

    Al Gore: Vice President
    Bill Clinton: Vice

    Al Gore: Apple Macs
    Bill Clinton: Big Macs

  • Bee Tagger||

    Indeed, this is the first time in 24 years that neither candidate thought it fit to mention what Al Gore has billed the biggest threat ever to "human civilization as we know it."

    Other than Clinton/Dole, there hasn't been a race against an incumbent Democrat. I think that Global Warming/Climate Change is brought up if Romney is the incumbent and Obama is the challenger. This, they may feel, is actually a swim too far to try to both say something must be done about climate change and that the party in power for the last 4 years is the one to do it.

  • ||

    Just because neither side sees themselves scoring points discussing the issue in front of undecideds hardly says that the issue is dead.

  • OldMexican||

    Re: highnumber,

    Just because neither side sees themselves scoring points discussing the issue in front of undecideds hardly says that the issue is dead.

    It is, politically. Which pretty much kills it since AGW policy was a political matter, hardly a scientific one.

  • Another David||

    So given the position personal freedoms had in the debates, what does that say about the lives of Reason employees?

  • Al Gore||

    We all work together to defeat MANBEARPIG!

  • Mike M.||

    Yep, the greatest attempted con job of my lifetime got exposed, and is now as dead as Elvis. Thank goodness, and good riddance.

  • Paul.||

    It's the only thing I like about the Obama presidency. He single-handedly neutered the Global Warming Industry in this country.

  • ||

    But he created the internet. That wasn't in vain.

  • amelia||

    Don't y'all get it? Obama said he would stop the oceans from rising and he did. Nice of him not to waste time crowing about it during the debates, don't you think?

  • sasob||

    "The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?"

    Little Al?

  • Stormy Dragon||

    I'm sure he cries all the way to the bank.

  • GILMORE||

    i don't think this story is about Al Gore.

    I think its about how quickly a 'pressing global priority' fades into obscurity when pandering politicians realize it is no longer generating the kind of partisan fervor that they can translate into votes. Now they scramble for another 'existential threat' to save us from... always looking for a parade to get in front of.

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    Next Stop: GMOs.

  • KRoyall||

    Well yeah, Gore has made lots of money investing in companies that are sucking at the government (taxpayer) teat. Maybe that was his goal all along?

  • SteveThomas||

    Hey Al, If you need some rope I can give you some to hang to your rafters.

  • jdgalt||

    Michael Mann filed his libel suit against the National Review today. I expect a whole new flood of damning e-mails, including all those denied in the FOIA cases, to come out during discovery. Now it will be even harder for the leftist liars to win any more converts to the myth.

    Which won't stop them trying.

  • Gore S Chakra||

    "The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?"
    Yes, he can hang onto his 2nd chakra instead of releasing it.

  • ChrisA||

    The only thing he can hang on to….hmmm….can anyone think of anything?

    Well yes I can. He has a Honorary Doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee. The degree - an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

    I wonder if UT would like a "redo". My guess is "not yet".

  • realsimon||

    "The only thing he can hang on to..." is a small fortune he made on this little scam.

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