Robert Novak

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Reviews by Democratic activists of "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warning: raves on content, not so favorable on the principal actor.

Democratic politicians who have seen the movie that accompanies Gore on his current tour say it is the most effective presentation yet about global warming. But they contend there is "too much Gore," including aspects of his personal life that have nothing to do with the environment.

A footnote: Many critics of Gore are acknowledged supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. They view the former vice president as her potentially most serious opponent.


Within two days last week, House Majority Leader John Boehner changed from sunny optimism about prospects for passing an immigration bill this summer to a bleak, negative outlook. The reason was that Boehner got the word from House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Boehner on Tuesday was upbeat in addressing a breakfast forum at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supports a guest worker program. He indicated he would resolve differences between the restrictive House bill and the much more liberal Senate bill by the Fourth of July.

But at a closed luncheon Wednesday at Charlie Palmer's restaurant, attended by financial contributors to House Republicans, Boehner declared that the immigration bill was all but dead. That change followed Boehner's conversation late Tuesday with Hastert, who made clear he did not want to pursue the issue that splits the Republican Party.


Many Bush administration officials were invited, but none attended, a reunion at the Army and Navy Club in Washington Wednesday of 24 Contra leaders, whose military campaign in Nicaragua led to the fall of the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista regime.

The Contra commandantes back former Vice President Jose Rizo in the Nov. 5 Nicaraguan presidential election, while the Bush administration is behind former Foreign Minister Eduardo Montealegre. After invitations to the Contra reunion had been sent, a reception for Montealegre was scheduled for Washington at the same hour in the law offices of Greenberg Traurig.

Adolfo Calero, who was the Washington-based civilian leader of the Contras, told his former colleagues Wednesday that the Rizo-Montealegre split may elect the Sandinista candidate, former President Daniel Ortega.


Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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