April 22, 2007

Gore To Run For 2008 Nomination

Al Gore has insisted that he has no interest in returning to electoral politics and wants to focus on his media interests and on solutions to global warming. The former Vice President has shown no inclination to run against the wife of his former boss, at least not publicly. However, the London Telegraph reports that Gore has secretly begun to recruit a campaign staff and will challenge Hillary Clinton for the nomination:

Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House.

Two members of Mr Gore's staff from his unsuccessful attempt in 2000 say they have been approached to see if they would be available to work with him again.

Mr Gore, President Bill Clinton's deputy, has said he wants to concentrate on publicising the need to combat climate change, a case made in his film, An Inconvenient Truth, which won him an Oscar this year.

But, aware that he may step into the wide open race for the White House, former strategists are sounding out a shadow team that could run his campaign at short notice. In approaching former campaign staff, including political strategists and communications officials, they are making clear they are not acting on formal instructions from Mr Gore, 59, but have not been asked to stop.

Gore has run in the top tier of Democratic candidates without having announced any intention to run. Thanks to the buzz from his Oscar-winning documentary, Gore has not needed to eat up resources for traditional campaigning. With a new book coming out this spring, Gore will have even more free media access, expanding his reach and making him seem even more presidential than ever.

After jumping into the race, though, Gore has to win it. He has proven himself rather wooden on the stump in past campaigns. He has improved during his global-warming tour, but that may not equate to the kind of speechmaking that a presidential campaign requires. It will also task his ability to project a warm and engaging personality, rather than the cold scold of 2000.

A Gore entry will probably prove fatal to the ambitions of Barack Obama and John Edwards. Both have run on Gore's turf so far, and neither will outshine him with party donors desperate to find a credible alternative to Hillary Clinton. Gore has a great deal more substance than both candidates put together and will almost immediately be the chief challenger on Hillary's left, once he formally enters the race.

Given that Hillary's negatives keep going higher, Gore could easily convince the Democrats that he has more electability than his ex-boss' wife. If so, that gives the Republicans an opening among the center.


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Comments (25)

Posted by Jim [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 8:07 AM

Remember his Howard Dean moment when he shrieked; "He betrayed this country, he lied to us...". I don't think anyone but the radical left is ready for another Al Gore candidacy.

Jim C

Posted by Right2thePoint [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 8:14 AM

Great concept his and Hillary splitting the seriously impaired vote to give the rest of us a view down the tube of Obama trauma. No thanks I take my arsenic on the rocks please.

Posted by Fred [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 8:28 AM

Here I thought he was looking to be a green party candidate swept into office by his enviro minions in their earth tone shirts.

Posted by IAmFree [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 8:42 AM

He, of all people, should know better. People who get in her way have a tendency to have accidents and heart attacks.

Posted by RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 8:55 AM

Algore: "Vote for me, and the Apocalypse won't come."

Posted by William Teach [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 9:41 AM

I hope the Goracle has had some deep thoughts on what has happened to people who have crossed the Clinton's in the past. I'd stay away from "polar bears" if I were him

Posted by TomTom [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 9:50 AM

C'mon Al, just do it! His running will just flesh out the pack of hyenas running for the Dem nomination. Let 'em chew on each other, please, in full public view.

Posted by Ned [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 10:11 AM

I am sure former Vice-President Gore would enjoy winning the Democrat nomination for President and forcing Mrs. Clinton into the Vice-President spot. For Gore that would be a fantasy come true, even more satisfying than Manhattan under seawater.

Posted by Fight4TheRight [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 10:23 AM

I do believe this Gore "planning" for a 2008 presidential bid is for real. Does anyone REALLY think "An Inconvenient Truth" was made so good old Al could grab an Oscar? No way. Al Gore's near miss against Bush has never left him, he knows how close he came and he wants it back. I gotta believe somewhere in his den there is a poster saying, " I Was Robbed I Tell Ya!"

I agree with Ed that Gore would decimate Edwards and Obama's campaigning inexperience will drop him consistently over the next year.

What Gore is counting on is three-fold:

1. Hillary's vote FOR the Iraq War and perhaps more support of it than any other Dem
2. Continued high negative opinion numbers of Hillary - Gore will convince the DNC that Hillary just cannot win the big one
3. Hillary's involvement in violating the FEC regs back in her 2000 Senate campaign with businessman Paul. If that comes to light in the MSM (another viral video from Obama camp???) - it could really show Hillary as one of the "corrupt" in the Washington scene.

Gore's national exposure due to his Global Warming Initiatives was orchestrated from Day One - it's been a marketing marvel.

Every local newscast here in the Twin Cities the past week has had their own "special series" on how to turn us Green - it's like a wild fire on the prairies in late July.

Take a look at recent polling numbers of the declared Dems when Gore's name is added to the mix - Al'l been watching that - he truly believes he is being written-in by a big majority of Dems and I look to see him announce in early Fall.

Posted by amuro316 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 11:03 AM

Captain Ed is right, Gore would spell doom for Edwards and Obama. He'd also give Hillary a run for her money.

However, in a general election, he's basically on a one-item platform. His enviro-politics will net him supporters, but it will also net him alot of people against him. Part of that will come from people who find out the real "inconveinient truth" about his eco-politics, and others will be turned off by his lack of any other real platform. It won't be a good idea to tout his enviro platform when guys like Guliani, McCain, Thompson, and Romney all will run on a taxation, national security, and fiscal/economic platform.

Plus, they're all better speakers than Gore is. Gore still hasn't proven that he's not a wooden doorknob when it comes to stumping. He can't beat any of the GOP nominees at that- hell, he couldn't be W back in 2000 at it. What makes anyone think he'll win this time out?

Posted by Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 12:35 PM

I think Gore's biggest problem is that a lot of people think the man is weird. Really weird.

Posted by Only_One_Cannoli [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 1:39 PM

A Gore campaign would provide some entertainment at least. It would be fun to watch the first "carbon neutral" presidential campaign. How much extra $ would Gore's campaign need to raise to pay for all its carbon offsets?

Posted by Kevin Murphy [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 1:45 PM

If he runs, does that mean they have to stop showing his propaganda in schools and on the public airwaves?

Posted by conservative democrat [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 2:44 PM

Yeah Kevin, and the earth is flat too.

Posted by Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 5:22 PM

conservative democrat:

No the earth is not flat and Al Gore is not scientist. I hear Sheryl Crow thinks we need a one square rule for toilet paper to save the planet.

I would like to see them enforce that one. So speaking of toilet paper how many bathrooms does Al Gore have in his three mansions? I bet there are families in third world countries whose entire living space is less than this man's john. And they don't have to worry about the one one square rule because they don't have indoor plumbing. And they won't if these people have their way. Yep, the poor will have to live in pristine poverty to subsidize the "carbon offsets" of the rich and famous. Gotta save the planet doncha know.

Posted by Jason [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 6:04 PM

Looks like Gore might be going to do what people expected Hillary to do - jump into the race when the Democrats are most divided and "heal the party."

And with the money he's made with his book and movie, he'll have a lot of personal funds he can use for his campaign.

Posted by Papa Ray [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 6:05 PM

Everyone needs to talk t their friends and have them send emails and such to encourage gore to declare.

It would be the greatest gift and almost assure that the crats don't win in 08.

Papa Ray
West Texas

Posted by Palamas [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 7:31 PM

If Gore runs, his movie--which has already been condemned as hysterical and factually inaccurate--will get shredded over and over again, dying the death of a thousand 30-second ads. By the time the general election is over, Gore will be exposed as a fraud, a liar, a monumental hypocrite, and an incipient authoritarian who knows nothing about climate science, but a lot about controlling people's lives. Needless to say, he'd make a perfect Democrat nominee. Maybe he can run with Harry Reid

Posted by Mr Lynn [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 8:51 PM

Mrs. Bill Clinton is going to be tough to beat, because there are so many women in the party who think "It's time for a woman president" (as if 'woman' were an adjective). She may engender that kind of witless support from liberal-leaning 'independents', too, which would make her candidacy formidable for any Republican to overcome. Remember Mrs. Bill had all those 'negatives' in New York, in addition to being a carpetbagger, and that didn't stop her.

Algore, on the other hand, comes over as a stuffed shirt and a fool, except to the enironmental whackos, and would be easy prey for a Republican as accomplished and clever as Rudy Guiliani or Fred Thompson. So if Algore can ride his current celebrity over Mrs. Bill in the primaries, by appealing to the hard-core left, then we have a chance of seeing the Republic in good hands--but only a chance.

/Mr Lynn

Posted by richard mcenroe [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 9:31 PM

Now, Al does remember that he can't tell the press not to cover his campaign the way he can ban them from his greenhouse-gassy ecoshpiels, right?

Of course, the other upside is, if he enters the campaign, you KNOW Kerry will come back...

Posted by jaeger51 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 10:17 PM

So there's 300 million people in the US, not counting the illegals, and we're discussing Hillary, Gore and Kerry for president? The mind boggles....:)

Posted by Only_One_Cannoli [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 11:39 PM

I've been wondering the same thing but I think the old explanation applies -- why would any qualified person enter the race when it means giving up ALL of their privacy to take part in childish bouts of name calling disguised as political debate?

Most people with a normal ego and intelligence would say 'no thanks.'

Posted by Only_One_Cannoli [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 11:49 PM

In the democrats case I seriously wonder if better candidates aren't staying out of the race, waiting for the MoveOn wing of the party to move on.

Posted by docjim505 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 23, 2007 5:16 AM

Ditto jaeger51 (April 22, 2007 10:17 PM).

And, for my money, you can throw the the GOP contenders into the mix.

Is it so friggin' impossible to find among all our people a presidential candidate who has a decent political record (preferably as an executive), a good vision for the country, a more-or-less clean personal record, and isn't a crank, a loon, or a grasping egoist?

Posted by Keemo [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 23, 2007 8:52 AM

Following 20 years of "Bushies & Clintoons", no thanks to an Al Gore run.

Big Al will have a tough time getting by this type of hypocrisy...


Laurie David, the producer of "An Inconvenient Truth" and global warming activist, told Texas A&M students to change their "individual behavior" in order to consume fewer resources and to help battle global warming. As an employee of Easterwood Airport, I would like to point out that Mrs. David flew to our campus in a luxurious private jet, which could be seen from 10 miles away due to the thick plume of smog it left in its wake. I am neither denying nor confirming the epidemic of global warming, I am simply pointing out that hypocrites such as Mrs. David don't care about the environment, only their own political agendas. This is proven time and again by these celebrities' and lobbyist's "do as I say, not as I do" attitude.

We need a database of private-jet-flying celebrities. Can that be created from publicly available information?

But wait, there's more:

Even worse is David's chic but hypocritical environmentalism at her summer home in Martha's Vineyard. She was issued a "notice of apparent violations" for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other crimes against nature.

The commission has since ordered her to remove the offending structures and restore the area to its previous state. All these violations were allegedly done to prepare for a political fundraiser hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (another faux Green). Alas, there's no such thing as cheap environmentalism on the Vineyard.

Laurie David has been labeled a "Gulfstream liberal" by Eric Alterman, himself a proud member of the Left and a regular columnist for the Nation. He recognizes that Ms. David's brand of environmentalism is nothing more than a facade, a distraction from the financially secure yet intellectually boring life of the fabulously wealthy. But this hobby has dire consequences for the rest of us.

Laurie David & Al Gore; from the same mold...