When one spouse’s call-to-arms is protecting kids from Dee Snider and the other’s is global climate change, there will be some rocky moments forty years in (as the old saying goes). I don’t think America spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about the Gore marriage (especially after that super weird but also sweet public kiss during the 2000 election), but their separation comes as a sad surprise. It’s also a little reassuring because politicians don’t have civil separations; they condemn gay people and get caught with male prostitutes, they cheat on their wives abroad with Argentine mistress, or they are women and are married no one. So it’s nice to see a mutual, adult separation between Al and Tipper, who seem like classy folk to begin with. They even issued a very polite statement via email that Politico somehow picked up and relays to us:
We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate. This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.
We will try our hardest to respect your privacy, but we can’t guarantee that everyone won’t be talking about it.