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This Week: Al Gore

Al GoreGrowing up inside the Beltway, the son of Senator Albert Gore, Sr. was destined for politics. A Harvard graduate and an Army journalist in Vietnam, Gore has a reputation for seriousness: At one time he reportedly devoted two hours a day to learning the technical details of nuclear arms control. And his studiousness has paid off — the advance for his best-selling environmentalist tract, Earth In The Balance, totalled $100,000.

But how well do you really know the Veep?

  1. How does Gore describe himself, politically?

    “a raging moderate”
    “a feminazi”
    “a tree hugger”
    “the L-word”
    “a techno-nerd”

  2. In 1987, how did former New Republic columnist Michael Kinsley describe Gore?

    “very lifelike”
    “Michael Dukakis without the sense of humor”
    “an old person’s idea of a young person”
    “an environmental wacko”
    “someone with the soul of a vice president”

  3. According to a joke in Washington, what is the Secret Service’s code name for Gore?

    “Second Banana”
    “Straight Arrow”
    “Cigar Store Indian”
    “Mr. Tipper”
    “Al Gore”

  4. In 1993, Gore appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” What was the first question Letterman asked him?

    “Doesn’t it drive you crazy being an underling to a draft-dodging sleaze?”
    “Hey, have you taught Bill how to inhale?”
    “Don’t you have anything better to do than show up here?”
    “So, have you fixed the government?”
    “Clinton and Gore: Gone in Four?”

  5. Which of the following could Gore not put on his résumé?

    reporter for the Nashville Tennessean
    tobacco farmer
    Sierra Club member
    divinity student
    Angus beef farmer

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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