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AlGore to the rescue?
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dick Morris thinks he has a legitimate shot as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008. His reasoning:
Like a completely refurbished “pre-owned vehicle,” Al Gore seems to be positioning himself to Hillary Clinton’s left and as greener than John Kerry for a run at the 2008 Democratic nomination for president. His slogan might well read “reelect Al Gore.”

The former vice president’s slashing attacks on the administration and his stalwart, if misguided, opposition to the Iraq war leave him without the complications and complexes that will devil Clinton as she seeks to appeal to the unforgiving left of the Democratic Party.

And Gore may be a man whose time has come in his party. It was he who warned of climate change and predicted its consequences. Hurricane Katrina was just a fulfillment of the prophesies Gore wrote about in his late-1980s book Earth in the Balance. He has been an energy-conservation nut for years, and his obsessions with alternatives to oil will play better and better as we come to realize how our addiction to oil has led us to dependency on the dealers of this particular drug — Iran, the Saudi royal family and Hugo Chavez.

The Democratic base’s anger at Gore’s defeat in 2000 was assuaged by the worse Kerry defeat of 2004. The idea that he was an incompetent candidate has been replaced in Democratic iconography by the idea that he was cheated out of the presidency. The hiatus has healed his reputation with the base in much the same way that the negative rap on Nixon for losing in 1960 was ameliorated by the Goldwater wipeout of 1964.
Position himself to the left of Clinton (environment, war and energy). Check. Tap into the anger still simmering in the base about 2000 and call for revenge. Check. Point out that when compared to Kerry he did much better electorially. Check. Bank on the fact that 8 years is a long time and most have forgotten the corruption of the administration he served with and the poor campaign he ran in 2000 (an incumbent VP in a good economy with the nation at peace). Check.

And let's face it, of the three (Clinton, Kerry, Gore) he has a bit more appeal to the base than the other two.

If the premise we've been working under concerning how the primary process works (extremists, activists and political junkies rule the day) it isn't difficult to see how Gore might be more appealing than the other two in a number of ways. He's certainly "greener", he's certainly more of a "peace" candidate, and, believe it or not, given that 8 years have passed since he last served, he has some "outsider" credentials.

Yeah, it's possible. I should think, though, that if it becomes probable, the Republicans would be licking their lips in anticipation. One other characteristic of an Al Gore campaign is capsulized by Morris:
Al also has a history of shooting himself as he nears the finish line.
Maybe he's learned. But if he's serious about a run, he will certainly be, at worst, a spoiler (and will probably make any candidacy by Clinton go much further to the left than she'd probably like). At best he might pull it off. The nomination that is.

But given how far left he'd probably run I don't think there's enough disgust with Bush or Republicans to cause a majority to put Al Gore in the White House.

Stranger things, however, have happened.
 
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As to whether there’s enough disgust with Bush, remember he has three more years in office. Based on current trends, the disgust will be there in 2008.
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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I guess what I’m saying Steve, and this is my opinion only, is I’m not sure there will ever be enough disgust for Al Gore to find himself in the White House. But as you point out, 3 years is a long time in that regard.
 
Written By: McQ
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If Kerry, Hillary, and Gore are the best the Democrats can do, I suppose Gore’s shot at getting the nomination isn’t that bad. Hillary inspires a disgust on the national level that far outstrips the "unelectability" that derailed Howard Dean.

Kerry is someone I wasn’t sure could exist before I saw him. He was actually a worse candidate for the Democrats than Gore was in 2000 - more boring, more detached from mainstream America, and more incoherent.

But come on, folks! Is this the best the left half of the political spectrum can come up with? The only good thing about any of these as president is that gridlock would rule, and they would probably be perceived as completely ineffective. (None of them has the faux veneer of caring and competence that allowed Bill Clinton to come out of gridlock looking good.)
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I’m one of the disgusted. I’m been shocked and amazed that intelligent people could ever have supported this idiot president, and its only gotten worse as time has gone on. I hope we’re all here to vote in 2008 for Al Gore, and not annilihated by all the hate this administration policies have sown. How anyone could say there’s not enough disgust is beyond me, not because you’re wrong but because you might be right and it makes me wonder how that could possibly be.

I also sat and waited three hours with hundreds of others, two days after Katrina hit, to see Al Gore speak on Global Warming in Portland Or. I’ve waited, and waited and waited for my time to have my leader. He was intelligent, thoughtful, not a chicken but brave to tell the US what it doesn’t want to hear about the damage our lifestyles are causing.

So I am more than ready for him to run, and I will fight with all I have to see him make it this time.

 
Written By: Margery Bare
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not annilihated by all the hate this administration policies have sown
Yeah, he racked up a lot of hate during those 8 months in office before 9-11.
not a chicken but brave to tell the US what it doesn’t want to hear about the damage our lifestyles are causing
Yes, because we all know how politically incorrect it is to complain about the human contributions to global climate change.
 
Written By: JWG
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and lets not forget how brave he was to bash america in Saudi Arabia, telling them that the US rounded up Saudi’s after 9/11.

Al Gore has made a drastic change since he lost the 2000 election. Thinking katrina was caused by global warming, that the US should suck up more to Saudi Arabia, that the US shouldnt use extraordinary rendition even though Gore was for it as VP, that its ok to call conservative bloggers nazi’s. None of this reflects well on Gore.
 
Written By: Chris
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Position himself to the left of Clinton (environment, war and energy). Check. Tap into the anger still simmering in the base about 2000 and call for revenge. Check. Point out that when compared to Kerry he did much better electorially. Check. Bank on the fact that 8 years is a long time and most have forgotten the corruption of the administration he served with and the poor campaign he ran in 2000 (an incumbent VP in a good economy with the nation at peace). Check.
Lost the 2000 Presidential election. UNcheck.

’Nuff said.

We won’t be seeing him as the party’s nominee again

 
Written By: clark smith
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Politically, ’08 is a lifetime away. The Bush disgust factor will play a large role in ’08, but it really is too soon to tell which way that will cut. The Rs will clearly run away from Bush, but in which direction? Will an actual conservative get the nomination or will the Rs go with the more moderate McCain or Giuliani? As for the Ds, who knows. Warner has the advantage of being a new face. In some alternate universe, Hillary might actually make a good President, but not in the one we live in today. Gore—we could do worse, but the thought of having to listen to him for at least 4 years would probably be enough to make me pine for that great orator, George W. Bush. All in all, a pretty poor selection of candidates for the leader of the most prosperous and powerful country on the planet.
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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Can’t wait to see the counter ads...

"I almost won last time, and I’ll almost win again..."

"I won, before I lost..."

The Republicans will go moderate domestic, forward leaning foreign.


I thought this piece gave a good background on the abysmal state of our political culture http://www.qando.net/details.aspx?Entry=3457
 
Written By: Keith, Indy
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But come on, folks! Is this the best the left half of the political spectrum can come up with?
I hear tell that Larry Summers is looking for work.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Talking about the Democratic primary, I can well imagine the left base getting behind someone like Gore and organizing the heck out of the early primaries.

However, I can also imagine that this might be a wake up call for the rest of the Party in the later primaries, and like Kerry stepped in for Dean after Iowa - Gore will be pushed aside for someone more "electable."
 
Written By: equitus
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If Algore was to ever run, the election would become a referendum on Bush, and he would probably win again since Gore is sufficiently unhinged enough.

 
Written By: shark
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Kerry supporter here.

I really enjoy reading the Kerry bashing. I also enjoyed reading it when he was 30 points down a month before the New Hampshire Primary.

If 2004 taught us anything, don’t sleep on John.
 
Written By: Thomas
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Thomas,
The Democrats may be crazy, but they are not stupid. Would you run the same guy who lost the last election when you have other viable options? If they nominate Kerry, I retract the part about them not being stupid.

McQ,
I don’t foresee Bush being much of a factor in the next election. I think the Republican candidates will probably distance themselves from him, if for no other reason than Bush’s low approval numbers.
 
Written By: EdMcGon
URL: http://politicsandpigskins.blogspot.com/
Ed,
I think the Republicans know something Democrats don’t about giving a candidate a second try.

Look, I know Kerry has little shot of getting the nomination again, but it’s possible.

Even if Clinton runs, I don’t see her winning. Edwards will out-stump her, and Kerry will win the debates.

Money only takes you so far.
 
Written By: Thomas
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Thomas,
Edwards is the Democrats’ Dan Quayle. A pretty boy who nobody takes seriously.

For Clinton to win, the Republicans would have to pick a really bad nominee (Frist comes to mind).

Kerry might have won debates against the kind of moonbat competition he had in ’04, but Clinton is the big time. Kerry is out of his league against the Clinton 800 pound political gorilla. Underestimate her at your own risk.
 
Written By: EdMcGon
URL: http://politicsandpigskins.blogspot.com/

 
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