Al Gore is publishing a new book called The Assault on Reason. Digby has an excellent review with excerpts.
America and the world were the losers when Bush and the conservative U.S. Supreme Court stole the 2000 election in Florida. About the only positive aspects to the theft of that election that I can see is the fact that it has allowed the conservative movement to collapse in front of the world and demonstrate that there is nothing but popular nastiness behind it. What we have had is the rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter linked with the management skills of Paul Wolfowitz, Don Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and Michael T. Brown ("Hell of a job, Brownie.")All of this is combined with the ethical skills of Paul Wolfowitz, Alberto Gonzales, Dick Cheney, and the dry-drunk bully George W. Bush.
The recent "debates" of the Republican candidates for the Republican nomination for President has put this all on display once again. With luck, these extremists are doing more to destroy the Republican Party than they are to destroy America. With them exposed and gone from the public forum, perhaps America can begin to recover.
No Guarantee. It is quite possible that American has lost the spark of what made it a shining example of democracy for the world and that the loss is beyond recovery.
If so, it is thanks to conservatives, self-centered rich men, frightened preachers more interesting in power than in God and a bunch of fellow travelling Libertarians riding along with the rest of that group in hopes that the power they grab can be used to create their impossible "utopia."