He did an interview on CSpan-2 last night (with an actor named Harry Shearer), the subject primarily being his new book, "The Assault on Reason". His general thesis seemed to be along the lines that we are a nation founded on reason, and when we ignore reason and evidence, we make bad decisions--citing for example the war in Iraq and the non-response to global warming (he said this more eloquently than I can write it). How could over 50% of Americans believe that Sadaam was linked to 9-11? Well, that's kind of along the lines of what I've been thinking for years. I hoped he would also mention immigration in this regard but--no surprise--he didn't .

Of course, he didn't defend Bush, but he didn't take any unnecessary shots either (exept maybe to mention Paul ONeill's claim that when he first met Bush about taking Treasury, Bush didn't ask him a single question in an hour).
As for the invasion Iraq, he deftly acknowledged it was a Bush/Cheney deal but he didn't focus on that instead, saying, we were all responsible for it, in that no one stood up. When asked, Gore was able to articulate 4 reasons why he thought we invaded Iraq (he said 5, but only mentioned 4).

Anyway, he came across as intelligent and thoughtful--and made a much better impression on me than I usually get from politicians at his level. This could be in part the format (where he was allowed to expound), than in the 2 minute soundbite format we usually see in the debates (which I find totally worthless). I wonder if other candidates (don't know if Gore is bucking for Presidency or not) would come off so well.

Here's a different perspective on the book (I just skimmed do don't endorse or not): http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/bo...eea88b&ei=5087