In one of the more surprising cross-pollinations of politics and entertainment, people are out there giving odds that not only will Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" will get the Oscar for best documentary tonight, but that in a departure from protocol Gore himself will accept the award rather than the producer or director, and that he'll use the occasion and the mega-audience to announce his candidacy for President in 2008.
I still stand by my prediction and hope that he's become too well-adjusted to run.
But anything's possible. This could be one of those great "do you remember where you were when?" moments--not up there with hearing the news of a Kennedy assassination or OJ's acquittal, but probably higher than Colin Powell's 1996 announcement that he wouldn't run for president (sh-yeah, remember when that was a plausible option, Mr. Secretary?)
And just to add depth and texture, here's my take on "An Inconvenient Truth," and here's Melissa Etheridge's Oscar-nominated song from the film:
Update: SilentPatriot at Crooks and Liars takes the thought experiment even further, quoting an earlier bit by Kos containing this memorable phrase: "instantly make hundreds of millions spent by his primary opponents obsolete."