Al Gore blames Obama’s poor debate performance on altitude

Al Gore

That Al Gore is a hilarious guy. He’s pushed the global warming alarmism for years only to see the economically devasting Kyoto Protocal be rejected and cap-and-trade proposals fail in the Congress, despite overwhelming Democrat-majorities in both chambers. Sure, Gore managed to win a Nobel Prize in the process, though his theories on the impact of climate change are much more extreme than those of the IPCC.

Gore most recent flash of crazy came yesterday when he suggested that President Barack Obama’s poor debate performance in Denver on Wednesday was due to the high-altitude of the city:

Former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore suggested the altitude in Denver might be to blame for President Obama’s performance in Wednesday night’s debate.

“I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore said on Current TV following the debate. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. [Mitt] 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.”

Frankly, this is an astoundingly poor excuse for a bad debate performance. What’s more, no one is buying it — in fact, they’re laughing at Gore. WaPo’s Alexandra Petri probably said it best:

Even “The President had too good a time in Vegas” is a marginally more reasonable explanation than “Well, you see, it is very challenging to get enough oxygen in Denver, and no doubt his focus was elsewhere. It is difficult to breathe and debate at the same time, even indoors.”

Mitt Romney has been practicing in extremely high altitudes, like Denver, where the air is so thin that humans can barely dwell there and sometimes they are so dazed from want of air that they come up with bizarre conspiracy theories about the shape of the airport. He has been running in high hills, reciting zingers. Al Gore knows how these things work.

It all comes down to altitude. How high was Gore when he answered this question? It might explain things.

Even if Gore’s theory were true, President Obama’s campaign decided to do debate prep at a swanky Las Vegas resort instead of in Denver, the site of the debate. Romney’s campaign did debate prep in the Mile High City. Moreover, the Obama campaign decided to fly him in only hours before the debate.

Anyone who has been to Denver knows that the altitude can be tricky, and it certainly does take some getting used to. However, this is just too weird, even for Al Gore. There is a wise, old saying that I’ve grown to love — “these are all your problems.”

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