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Gore Gets Nobel Nod

What out for the exploding heads of wingnuts. I saw this on The Blue State when I started my reading this morning, only to have it confirmed later. Al Gore has been nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Former Vice President Al Gore was nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his wide-reaching efforts to draw the world’s attention to the dangers of global warming, a Norwegian lawmaker said Thursday.

“A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference,” Conservative Member of Parliament Boerge Brende, a former minister of environment and then of trade, told The Associated Press.

Brende said he joined political opponent Heidi Soerensen of the Socialist Left Party to nominate Gore as well as Canadian Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier before the nomination deadline expired Thursday.

Oh, boy. This ought to be good. To give you an idea of how good, I posted earlier about one objection to Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth being shown in Washington state schools.

"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven children who doesn't want the film shown at all.

"The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is," Hardison told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."

That's the level of discourse we're dealing with. If Gore doesn't include the Rapture in his DVD, you can't show it in schools. Meanwhile, children in the UK will actually be educated about climate change, and — if folks like Hardison have their way — American kids will be learning about the second coming. (Oddly enough, the Washington Times article on Hardison doesn't include that quote. I can only imagine that somebody told him to stop saying stuff like that in front of reporters.)

Nevermind that the U.N. Climate Panel says it's real, and likely to get worse. It doesn't matter whether it's real or not, I guess. If it is real, then it's important that human beings not try to curb it. Because if it we put global warming in reverse, we keep Jesus waiting in the wings that much longer. It's just like war in the Middle East. Gotta have it if you wanna get to glory. That's worth offering scientists $10,000 each to undermine that U.N. study. Right?

Hardison and the rest like him should take heart, though. Al Gore may have been nominated for the Nobel Prize, but Rush Limbaugh has a shot too.

Landmark Legal Foundation today nominated nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Limbaugh, whose daily radio show is heard by more than 20 million people on more than 600 radio stations in the United States and around the world, was nominated for the prestigious award for his "nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all humankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin. These are the only real cornerstones of just and lasting peace throughout the world," said Landmark President Mark R. Levin.

"Rush Limbaugh is the foremost advocate for freedom and democracy in the world today," explained Levin. "Everyday he gives voice to the values of democratic governance, individual opportunity and the just, equal application of the rule of law — and it is fitting that the Nobel Committee recognize the power of these ideals to build a truly peaceful world for future generations."

Hey, we already know about his humanitarian mission to Dominican Republic, where he probably spent some time investigating the sex-tourism industry there. That ought to make him a shoo-in.

A Gore win could have an interesting impact, tho', according to Todd at The Blue State.

Think about the possible scenario that could play out. If Gore threw his name into the Democratic presidential field in the early fall, and if he were to win the peace prize, he would receive a steady stream of positive press in the final leg before Iowa. No president in U.S. history has ever won the award before being elected to office. The award could be what it takes for Gore to leap-frog Edwards, Obama and even Clinton.

That's provided, of course, that he wins the Nobel Prize, runs and gets the nomination.

Slim chance, I know. But think of the wingnut head explosions.

One Comment

  1. A shot at the Nobel Prize, and, per the rampant speculation on dKos yesterday, perhaps an Oscar too. That amount of publicity could eclipse even Obama’s stardom, though the contrast between the two in the charisma department is pretty overwhelming. I guess there’s a chance Obama’s play-it-safe strategy could backfire when confronted with the passion that Gore has brought in his recent appearances. A chance.