Monday, April 23, 2007

Gore, Redux

Well, it seems Al Gore is still hankering to be the President, not just a pretty face at the Oscars. According to the London Telegraph, Gore has secretly begun assembling a campaign team to challlenge for the Democratic nomination for PResident in 2008. The Telegraph writes,
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. Al Gore is third favourite for the Democratic nomination

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.

Well. Al Gore, like Hillary Clinton, is not exactly a warm and natural campaigner. Furthermore, his leftist global warming hype may have made him anathema to the centrists whoi are tired of being preached at by limousine liberals like Gore. But he does have the benefit of free press from his "documentary" and his forthcoming book, both of which give him a decided edge over many of his competitors. And unlike Hillary, he does not inspire feelings of hatred.

I agree with Ed Morrissey over at Captain's Quarters, who writes,
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.

I agree. This will probably make the nomination a two-horse race, if Gore carries through and actually enters the race. But it does have the advantage for Republicans that neither Gore nor Hillary can really run as a centrist after their activites the past few years. this leaves an opening in the center for Republicans. IF they can nominate a viable candidate. Hat tip to Ed Morrissey.

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