There's no reason for me to perform a Fisking of Al Gore's insane rant from yesterday. Gore jumped the shark when he wrote Earth in the Balance and exalted saving the environment by taking the world into a socialistic green dark ages over the technological and economic development that have done more to help people throughout the world than his neo-Luddite streak ever did (see here at its FAQ for explanation of jumping the shark).
For others, it happened in the 2000 Presidential Campaign (see here) and for still others, it was when he declared that Clinton would be remembered among the best presidents in history.
Ultimately, Andy McCarthy said it best (scroll down to 2:12 pm, 5-26-04):
Even if he believes half of what he says, this has to be one of the basest tirades from a former VP ever. For all his talk about dignity, he has no sense of it -- no sense of how inappropriate it is for someone of his rank to stoop to this sort of thing, no sense that, in caves someplace, bin Laden and Zarqawi are smiling ear-to-ear.
. . . I know they say politics ain't beanbag, but this is really low-brow stuff. It's especially sad for what it says about the Dems: only 20 years ago, a speech like this would have embarrassed them; now, Gore probably gets a prime-time convention slot.