Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and would-be president, took some roundhouse swings at the GOP tonight, accusing the Bush Administration of wrecking the economy, abandoning "the terrorists who attacked us" and going after the wrong bad guys, and of living comfortably in the pocket of lobbyists and fat-cat energy companies.
“The carbon fuels industry, big oil and coal, have a 50-year-lease on the Republican party and they are drilling it for everything its worth,” he charged on the big stage in Denver, warming up the crowd with an old-fashioned political stumper.
In blocky suit and blue power tie, Gore was energized. He sounded angry at times. He painted President Bush and Vice President Cheney as blunderers who have led the country in one calamity after another "because of their indifference to facts, their readiness to sacrifice the long term for the short term, subordinate the general good to the benefit of the few and short-circuit the rule of law."
And in a few words he showed what's wrong with where we're headed: