So where’s Al Gore these days? Why, he’s turning up on his own CurrentTV, which has even fewer viewers than MSNBC (fewer viewers than Power Line has readers, in fact). CurrentTV is clearly misnamed; if we had media truth-in-advertising laws, it would have to be called “HasBeenTV.” At least if you go by this clip (courtesy of our friends at RealClearPolitics), which features former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm interviewing the Gorebot about global warming, both of them kvetching that the single most important issue in the history of the cosmos never came up in any of the Republican debates. (This shows, by the way, how dead the climate change issue is, since the liberal media, always looking for a way to make Republicans look bad, would surely have asked about the issue if it helped that purpose.)
A couple of observations. First, how did an obvious mediocrity like Granholm ever get to be governor of a major state like Michigan? She complains in the clip about Republicans refusing to confront climate change at all. Now, as it happens, the Obama Administration’s diplomatic position and strategy on climate change is exactly the same as the Bush Administration’s. They don’t quite admit this publicly (though their chief climate negotiator, Todd Stern, has come close to doing so, once when prompted by me in a Congressional hearing last year), but of course people like Granholm don’t seem to notice, nor does the environmental movement complain as they did when Bush was pursuing a different approach, for the simple reason that environmentalists are completely partisan organizations.
Second, I love Gore saying that climate change needs to be a central issue of the presidential campaign. Um, I seem to recall a person named Gore once running for president, not that long ago, and not mentioning the subject. (Instead he ran a class warfare campaign, providing the model for Obama.) Please, please, please, can we hope that Al Gore will appear frequently with Obama on the campaign trail? It would make it a lock for the Republican candidate, even one named Romney.