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Al Gore, unleashed. Now he can speak his mind and he’s savaging the Bush admin and raising funds for Kerry. Hey, it’s about time that the gloves really came off!

Speaking with a freedom and passion less frequently seen in his own political campaigns, Gore is happily making speeches, raking in money and generally raising hell for John Kerry and the Democratic Party these days. In his spare time, he’s also teaching at three universities and raising money for himself through various business ventures.

In recent weeks and months, as an uncensored voice for the Democratic cause, Gore has skewered President Bush’s team for moral cowardice, the “lowest sort of politics imaginable,” aligning itself with “digital brownshirts” who intimidate the press, and political tactics as craven as those of Richard Nixon. Just to cite a few examples.

…When Gore, in an interview with The New Yorker, compared Bush’s faith to “the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia” and elsewhere, the Bush campaign distributed a statement from GOP consultant Ralph Reed, a former leader of the Christian Coalition, calling the comments “reckless and irresponsible.”

If Kerry’s advisers have any nervousness about Gore’s high-octane attacks, they’re not showing it in public.

“Gore will be a tremendous asset to us in a number of targeted battleground states and we’re happy to have his help,” said David Morehouse, a senior Kerry adviser. As for Gore’s more outspoken criticisms, Morehouse adds, “He’s a former vice president who’s entitled to say what he believes.”

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