Worst. Spin. Ever. As advocates on the left do damage control this morning regarding President Obama’s poor debate performance last night, Al Gore has found fault not in the incumbent candidate, but in the thinner air of Denver’s climate.
Gore, former Vice President to Bill Clinton and 2000 presidential hopeful, known for his controversial views on climate change and global warming, shared a rather curious theory regarding the debate last night. In short, Gore believes that Denver’s high altitude is to blame for President Obama’s poor showing. He shared his thoughts on his Current TV during the post-debate analysis:
“I’m going to say something controversial here. Obama arrived in Denver at 2:00 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started,” Gore said. “Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust — I don’t know, maybe … [inaudible].”
Since Gore is co-founder and chairman of the board at Current TV, he can pretty much say whatever he feels like saying and get away with it. Those are the perks of starting your own news network. But Erik Wemple of the Washington Post has a theory regarding Gore’s credibility if he were just a simple news pundit:
“If he were just some regular old pundit-commentator-analyst-contributor-strategist, his comment attributing President Obama’s poor debate performance to Denver’s altitude could well serve as a firing offense.”
“Denver’s altitude did it” is indeed the most peculiar defense for President Obama’s debate missteps last night we’ve heard thus far, but at least Gore avoided a climate change plug.
Honestly, he should have just blamed ManBearPig.
Watch the video here: