As someone who’s dissed Al Gore a good bit, often in these pages, I’m looking forward to his speech Monday. It might be a big win for the country, and if it is, it’ll put Gore back in the political game.
According to John Nichols, Gore is expected to say that Bush has created a Constitutional crisis, which we all know is true, and, while avoiding the word “impeachment”, to make references to Richard Nixon. He will supposedly bring up wiretapping and torture as examples of Bush’s violations of law and established practice.
One can hope that Gore will give it all he’s got, and make a strong case. He’s in a good position to do so, and he might in fact follow his own hero’s path. Stranger things have happened.
Interestingly, former US Representative Bob Barr, a one-time CIA agent and one of the farthest-right members of the House when he was there, will be introducing Gore. Barr has called the FISA violations “an egregious violation of the electronic surveillance laws.”
So far I haven’t found a place to watch the speech online, but perhaps Crooks and Liars will provide us with a copy. Should be interesting. We can hope, at least.