It’s an ugly little critter. Doug Powers at MichelleMalkin.com:
When you read this it might be easy to forget that in the past few years Al Gore has gotten much of what he asked for. Gore endorsed Barack Obama for President. He won. Gore rallied Democrats in 2008 to take over full control of Congress and the White House, which they did. Gore urged Congress to pass the stimulus because it would be an important step in addressing climate change. Check. Gore spoke out on the importance of passing the health care reform law. It passed. The list goes on.
On the surface you wouldn’t think the mega millionaire has much to complain about, but as long as there’s money in the world that isn’t yet under the purview of Goracle Inc., he will have issues:
In a wide-ranging talk about the Internet and government, Al Gore urged the techie crowd at South By Southwest to use digital tools to improve government.
The former vice president sat for a conversation with Napster co-founder and Web entrepreneur Sean Parker on Monday at SXSW in a flashy tete-a-tete that drew an audience of thousands at the Austin Convention Center and more viewers via a live stream.
“Our democracy has been hacked,” said Gore, framing Washington gridlock and the effects of special interest money in digital terms.
To fix what he called a no-longer functional U.S. government, Gore urged the audience to begin a new “Occupy Democracy” movement. He pushed for the creation and implementation of digital tools and social media to “change the democratic conversation.”
Lots more chewy irony at the post. He thinks we suffer from short-attention span information overload, but his answer is digital tools and social media. Still, thanks for the Internet. Now we can stream that movie based on you and Tipper.