Al Gore's comeback continues...
Watch Al Gore here on Saturday Night Live from last night. Gore is in top form, making fun of himself, blasting the Worst President, and showing his loss in 2000 has turned out bad for our nation and perhaps the planet--but it was good for Gore in terms of refocusing Gore away from Martin Peretz and the Democratic Leadership Council and toward the Paul Wellstone "Democratic" wing of the Democratic Party.
As I wrote here and here some months ago, in which I discussed this Gore comeback looking like Nixon's comeback scenario, let's not assume that Gore winning in 2000 would have kept us out of Iraq--for Gore was heavily invested in the Joe Lieberman wing of the Democratic Party at that time.
However, this analogy of Gore to Nixon, in the technical sense of Nixon coming back in 1968 after losing a close election in 1960 continues to develop. Remember Nixon appearing on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, a forerunner of Saturday Night Live? I saw that in real time and was shocked to hear Nixon use the show's famous tag line, "Sock it to me!" except he did it with a slight questioning inflection. Nixon still looked uncomfortable as he said it--unlike Gore last night.
One more thing: Watch Gore's speech on SNL to the end and note his genuine and beautiful smile. Gore may be finally comfortable in his familial shoes, the same type of shoes his father, a New Dealer, once wore.*
* Though his Dad, a Southern New Dealer, did vote against one of the civil rights bills (only one) in 1964, after supporting such bills before and after, and also was in bed with Occidental Petroleum. Nobody's perfect, but Al Gore, Sr. was a great man who I have always admired.