Honestly, can this bloated carcass be any more overly dramatic?

(The Hill) — Former Vice President Al Gore is asking Democratic activists to send donations to House Democrats’ campaign arm as a check on the “extreme elements in control of today’s Republican Party.”

“Not since the dark days of the Bush administration have we seen a Republican-controlled Congress that is so intent on pushing their agenda in Washington — protecting tax breaks for oil companies making record profits, attempting to roll back environmental regulations, and not only refusing to pass climate change legislation in any form but refusing to acknowledge that climate change even exists,” Gore wrote in a fundraising pitch for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

The former presidential candidate, who lost to George W. Bush in the disputed 2000 election, noted the DCCC was trying to raise $1 million from grassroots activists before the March 31 deadline.

“Republicans rely on massive contributions from corporate special interests. But Democrats rely on your grassroots strength,” Gore wrote, noting a “group of House Democrats” would match the grassroots contributions 2 to 1.

“The world is watching our fundraising totals as a measure of our grassroots strength and ability to take on the special interests so we can win back the House for Democrats,” he wrote.

Gore joins former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who have pitched for the DCCC as the quarterly fundraising deadline approaches.