Political Panorama: Monday

Rt_oscar_gore_070225_nr_1More on Gore: He joked about it onstage at the Oscars on Sunday night, and once again reiterated it off stage, but Al Gore’s insistance that he does “not have plans” to run for President is met with continued speculation on how he could do it. The Politico’s Mike Allen talks to his former campaign manager Donna Brazile, who says, “Honestly, this was the inaugural parade that we all envisioned. Gore’s political stock is hot right now. I don’t know if I would cash in with so many players still on stage. There’s no reason to force him to declare tomorrow.” She says that he could wait as late as this fall to declare. It went over people’s heads, but George Clooney joked that he had been backstage drinking with Gore and after that, he didn’t think he would run. In any case, Gore’s appearance at the long, long telecast was one of the highlights of an evening that has so far drawn lackluster reviews. The prospect of a Gore bid gets examined by The New Yorker’s David Remnick, who keys off one of Gore’s sketches on “Saturday Night Live” a few years back in which he pretended like he had won the White House and there had been no Iraq. Like many others, Remnick sees Gore as waiting to see if the current field of contenders gets down and dirty this year and the public grows tired of the field.

Fines and Whines: Lost in all the Oscar news is the massive fine that the FCC is reportedly ready to slap on Univision. The New York Times reported that the Spanish-language broadcaster has agreed to pay $24 million to settle complaints that its educational programming was not educational. The politics behind all of this will be interesting, as Univision is currently run by Jerry Perenchio, a big supporter of President Bush and backer of John McCain. But he’s selling the company to an investor group led by Haim Saban, one of Hillary Clinton’s key California supporters.

AP photo: Al Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth” director Davis Guggenheim.

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