Former Vice President Al Gore’s triumphal return to the political stage, riding the wave of global warming hysteria may be the start of his run for the Presidency. Gore denies he is considering the run, has not raised money and has no formal organization. That does not mean he will not be the Democratic nominee.
Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz points out “The logic of psychology and even history suggests that Gore should run. And if he should run, it is hard to believe that a man who has organized most of his adult life around public service and the pursuit of the presidency won’t in the end actually do it.”
The scenario is not hard to imagine. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are presently in a ‘fight to the death’ running for the nomination. They are constantly unloading on each other. As the fight continues their negatives will continue to rise. By the time of the contention both will be so wounded they will be out of consideration. In comparison the rest of the field are pygmies. What are the Democrats to do?
In comes Al Gore riding the “White Horse of Giea” to save the day. Gore has a lot of love among Democrats who believe he won the 2000 Presidential election only to have it stolen by the Supreme Court. He would be nominated by acclamation.
There is precident for this. Wendell Wilkie used the same strategy to garner the Republican nomination in 1940. He lost to the sitting President, Franklin Roosevelt. Gore would not have Wilkie’s disadvantage. He would be running against a Republican seeking the office for the first time. With name recognition, a united party and it’s allies behind him, Gore has an excellent chance of winning the Election.
Richard Nixon returned to life after years of wandering in the political wasteland after his defeats for President and Governor of California, to win the Presidency. There is no reason Gore can’t do the same.