Former vice president Al Gore today called the effort to defund Obamacare “political terrorism.”
Gore, no stranger to political hyperbole, told his audience at the Brookings Institution that Republicans’ threat of a government shutdown was a “despicable and dishonorable threat” to the nation. His characterization nicely parallels senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer’s comparing Republicans to “people who have a bomb strapped to their chest” and ransom-demanding arsonists.
Gore also argued that “American democracy has been hacked” by special interests. He obliquely criticized Senator Ted Cruz’s marathon speech earlier in the week, saying that politics are attracting people who’d like to harm government. “Some that I wish were not in politics are speaking for long stretches of time,” he said.