OK, before you e-mail to complain: Sure, I know Al Gore
himself didn't receive the Best Documentary
prize. But there's no denying that he's a bona fide star now, basking in a comfy-cozy post-Oscar glow while repeatedly stroked by many of the same folks who once mocked him. But Joe Conason
doubts that Gore is taking too much of the make-nice talk to heart. Indeed, Conason thinks he knows why, despite all the great reviews from former critics, the former Vice President won't be launching another Presidential campaign:
"The answer may be found, of all places, in the Note, that snarky weblog on the ABC News site
, which often betrays the true emotions roiling the minds of mainstream journalists. Said the Note, in explaining the recent spate of positive coverage of the old press nemesis: 'Basically, the political press wants to tempt Al Gore into the race, and then they will destroy him as a flip-flopping, exaggerating, stiff loser. And Gore knows this.'
"Sad, small, pitiful and quite probably true. "
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