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By Michael J. Smith on Friday October 12, 2007 05:55 AM

So Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize, putting him in the illustrious company of moral giants like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Menachem Begin, and Henry Kissinger. Oh, and look, there in the lower-left-hand corner -- the foolish hangdog grin of Yasser Arafat, still hoping, wherever he is, to be thrown a bone someday.

Washington, they say, is Hollywood for ugly people. To which we might add that the Nobel Peace Prize is the Oscar for prigs.

Like the Oscars, the selection process appears to be a kind of triple-distillation of conventional wisdom, media approval, and middlebrow taste. Much as one might wish it were otherwise, Norwegian parliamentarians don't seem to be much more original or insightful than their brethren elsewhere.

Oh well. I suppose it's just the last indispensable coat of gilding on the reinvented Al Gore's lily-white public persona. It's a never-ending source of delight, how a snake in office can shape-shift into an angel in opposition.

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Looks as if the Nobel Committee, though they carefully studied Plastic Al's glorified environmental PowerPoint show, failed to get a load of his breathtaking performance as the craven corporate tool without the balls to take his own side in a fight in Moore's Fahrenheit 911.

If irony didn't die with the Nobel award to Henry Kissinger, it's certainly dead now. (Does anyone here even know if Tom Lehrer is even still alive?)


warm brown sky a la gore

are we saturated yet ??


tasty green syrip
drips from liberty tree's limbs

hype cooo


I think M.F. meant to write:

"If political satire didn't die with the Nobel award to Henry Kissinger, it's certainly dead now."

And, as far as I can tell, Lehrer is still alive.

In defense of the Oscars, I'd like to point out that Forrest Gump won an Oscar, too. No reason why Forrest Gore shouldn't get one.

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