From the Telegraph, today :
Plans for Al Gore to take the Democratic presidential nomination as the saviour of a bitterly divided party are being actively discussed by senior figures and aides to the former vice-president.
The bloody civil war between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has left many Democrats convinced that neither can deliver a knockout blow to the other and that both have been so damaged that they risk losing November’s election to the Republican nominee, John McCain.
Former Gore aides now believe he could emerge as a compromise candidate acceptable to both camps at the party’s convention in Denver during the last week of August.
Just to make sure I understand this; Gore was an unperson for years after the loss in 2000; Democrats have the habit of eating the remains of their losers, making sure nobody remembers they were ever a Democrat…and Gore certainly qualified.
He was labeled as a part of the Clinton White House, which many Democrat blame to be part of the reason for the major split in the Democrat party of today. Yet, we are to now believe the Democrats now don’t view him as Hillary Clinton Lite, but as the savior for the party? Oh, Please….
This is a desperation play, gang.
Here it is; The Democrats themselves can’t agree on lunch, much less on policy, much less yet, the person to drive it. The Democrat party of today is over-run with MOVEON types who can’t get their noses out of their copies of Das Capital long enough to recognize the real issues that face this country. About half of them are still ticked at Gore for what they see as having squandered the 2000 election. Oddly enough, this is about the same percentage as the Democrats are split by today. What they do not understand of course is their perception of what’s needful policy wise, on just abot anything you can name is about 180 degrees out of phase with reality, which in fact is why Democrats ahve been out of the WHite House for the last 8 years.
Here’s the deal; Democrats have been screaming about how badly GWB sucks. Well, maybe. But then again, Gore… and then Kerry, still lost. Why’s that, do you suppose? Does this mean that Kerry and Gore were less qualified for the job? I suspect it does, though I also suspect you’d never get the Democrats to admit it.
And the American voters in majority, recognized this about Gore in 2000, and about Kerry in 04. And that image of being unqualified has been nothing but reinforced since then. So now beacuse neither one of their current candidates can get a groundswell behind them even in their own party, much less the country as a whole, the Democrats rehab Al Gore and send him out? Comon, gang.
Look; Even aside from all of that and even assuming that Gore is able to patch up, rather than make worse, the wounds the Democrats are already suffering with, and takes the nomination, his being exposed as a fraud on Global warming certainly is not going to help him in the general election. Gore is a target about which there is much good information, enough to bring down ten such desperation plays.
Like any other desperation play, this ‘draft Gore’ business doesn’t stand much of a chance of doing anything but making the situation worse for the Democrats…. deepening, in this case, the split that is already in the foundations of the Democrat party. Captain Planet isn’t going to solve that one; He’s part of the problem.
This ‘Hail Mary’ pass will, however, make for good comedy.