How about that? He’s become a filmaker, been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, his first movie has won 2 Oscars, and as if that wasn’t enough, Al Gore has also got a sense of humour, playing along with a joke that he was going to announce his candidacy in front of 1 billion people at the Oscars.
Fortunately he’s also got the smarts to know that joking about running is funny, actually announcing a run would have drawn scorn from people who would accuse him of using the sacred Oscars for free media time for his political campaign.
Either he genuinely does not want to run for the Whitehouse in ’08, or he’s playing the game to perfection.
The websites calling for him to run are in full swing. DraftGore.com now has over 45,000 signatures on it’s petition. Jimmy Carter has said he would support Gore. Gore’s wife has said she would support him. Numerous Newpapers, Magazines, and TV pundits, are discussing his chances of winning, “If he runs”.
Everyone it seems, except Al Gore has formed an opinion on whether or not he should run, and whether or not he would win.
I’d like to think we’re seeing a perfectly executed opening gambit. The announcements of intentions by potential candidates started almost immediately after November’s elections. The ’08 election was a full 2 years away.
With both Democrats and Republicans having to find candidates the field of hopefulls has rarely been bigger. The focus has been squarely on the Democrats, boosted by their November success, and the Republicans continuing woes. A Democrat in the Oval Office is being treated as almost a done deal, if the level of coverage is any guide. It helps that the Republican with perhaps the best chance of being his party’s nomination, John McCain is strongly in favour of sending more Troops to Iraq.
As Democrats like Clinton, Obama, and Edwards jostle with each other for primacy, Al Gore has the comfort of sitting in the wings. Showing up to collect Oscars and getting shortlisted for Nobel Prizes sure beats trying to beat out your party collegues to become the party favourite.
The longer Gore stays out of this race the better his chances of winning it. Give the others a few more months of infighting and the public will be sick of listening to them.
Let the grass roots demand for Gore grow, let it seem like he has allowed his name to go forward in response to the incredible outpouring of public support, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a candidate. The public like a winner. If the news coverage of Gore is that he’s so popular that he has to run, then that popularity has a way of becoming self fulfilling.
I genuinely think the Democrats have 4 candidates any combination of any two of them could be a hard ticket for the Republicans to beat.
I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I believe the Democratic ticket in ’08 won’t contain the names of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Although I think either one of them would be a fine President.
I believe the Ticket will be Gore for President, Edwards for VP. And I believe that ticket will win. It’ll win because America needs it to win. America needs to draw a line under the Bush years. What better way to do that than elect the man who should have been President all along.
If he runs and wins, the Democrats could easily hold the Whitehouse for 4 terms. They’ll need to grow a back bone and tell the American people what they believe in and what they stand for. They’ll need to stop trying to avoid offending some or other demographic and just say what they mean and mean what they say. They’ll need to look America in the eye and say “these are our principles”, and for once not follow that declaration with, “but we’ve got other principles if you don’t like these”.
If they do that, then they might just hold the Whitehouse long enough to actually make a difference so significant that even Republicans will have a hard time screwing it up when they eventually take back the Oval Office.
There is of course one lingering question. Who would want to be the President that follows George W. Bush? Perhaps anyone dumb enough to want the job should be immediately disqualified as too dumb to have it.
What we need is a great candidate, who’s clever enough to know that cleaning up a whole planet is probably easier than cleaning up a Bush run Whitehouse.