Is Gore starting to make a move?

Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 1:36am

In recent weeks, talk of the potential emergence of former Vice President Al Gore as a consensus candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for President has increased in volume.

Newsweek columnist Eleanor Clift and Time columnist Joe Klein have both noted that Gore could provide the Democrats a winning exit strategy from the protracted Obama-Clinton primary battle, a fight that promises to get bloodier in the weeks ahead. One Democrat Congressman and Superdelegate, Tim Mahoney of Florida, has openly spoke of Gore as a potential compromise candidate if Obama and Clinton remain deadlocked when the Democrats convene for their convention in Denver in late August.

So what does Gore say about this speculation?

Nothing, other than that he thinks the nomination may “resolve itself” prior to the convention. It would be very easy for him to put the “Al Gore scenario” to rest by simply making it clear he has absolutely no interest in the Presidency in 2008. He could end all the discussion and conjecture if he would simply endorse either Hillary or Barack.

Instead, for now, Al is simply sitting back and waiting to see if the situation really does “resolve itself” – or not.

Or is he just “sitting back”? In subtle ways he seems to be increasing his visibility, perhaps suggesting that he is not just an innocent bystander in the political drama that continues to unfold.

Sunday night he made a high profile appearance on 60 Minutes to talk about his pet issue: the crisis of “global warming” and his roll-out of a major ad campaign to promote the cause. Sunday also saw London’s Sunday Telegraph, publish a story claiming that former Gore campaign operatives have confirmed that his inner circle actually mapped out a plan for a Gore campaign last May, a strategy that now has a “sporting chance of coming true.”

But for the potential Gore scenario to snowball into reality several things probably have to happen. First, Gore needs to step up his public appearances on issues that seem unrelated to a bid for the Presidency.

Speaking out on “global warming” on TV certainly fits the bill. Weighing in on the need for Democrats to find a way to let the voters in Michigan and Florida have their “votes count” might be another.

He doesn’t need to engage in a full-fledged public relations blitz, he merely needs to step it up a notch with a few carefully planned appearances on the major Sunday morning talk shows in the weeks ahead.

Second, he needs some leading Democrats — who have no direct or even apparent connection to him — to increase the drumbeat of speculation about Gore being a compromise candidate for the Democrats. They must be careful, however, as premature talk of a Gore-Obama ticket might antagonize some of Obama’s supporters.

Concern over slighting Hillary is not as important, since many of her delegates lack deep devotion to her and many likely signed on because she appeared certain to win the nomination. Gore’s advocates also need to downplay the need for a quick resolution of the impasse between Clinton and Obama.

The longer this plays out, the better things look for Gore.

Finally, Gore needs one or two national polls to include him in the mix as a potential rival to John McCain. Several national polls have recently shown McCain beating either Clinton or Obama in November, which has caused Democrats to worry about not only their chances of taking the White House but whether or not they might lose their momentum in retaining or expanding their majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.

A national poll, or two, showing Gore faring well or even beating McCain in a head-to-head match-up would be just the prescription for a Gore campaign to start snowballing — unless “global warming” causes it to melt prematurely.

Steve Gill is a statewide Tennessee radio talk host and political analyst. His website is www.gillreport.com

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By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Why would gore want to be a politician again after acending to religious icon status?Gill and Morris should use their big heads and not project their own asperations on saint al.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Yes lou it can be worse.Heard a quote last night from a speech he made when he ran for State Senate in which he said you have to put aside individual goals,family values and morals and think "collectively".Looks,sounds like a commie to me.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

He certainly has more respect since he "lost" the 2000 election than the current resident of the White House.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Did you hear the entire speech or was the lone quote taken out of context? If you have a link to the speech, please provide it so we can all read the dirty commie's statement.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

“Act locally, think Globally”.

By: vejaneksela on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I wasn't upset, just curious. I said democrat party once and the guy made point to correct me. I just wondered what the big deal is, people mispronounce words all the time. I was just curious, I wasn't trying to be antagonistic, I haven't had anyone answer me. Is it an insult to call it the democrat party?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Not that I'm aware of. Personally I don't care really, I know what the person means, you know?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

So I guess if I said something like, "as a nation we need to get our collective head out of our *** and start electing people that have our best interests in mind

By: Dragon on 12/31/69 at 6:00

vejaneksela - From the New Yorker (Aug 06): There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. “Democrat Party” is a slur, or intended to be—a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but “Democrat Party” is jarring verging on ugly.http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/08/07/060807ta_talk_hertzberg

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hello? Put aside family values and morals????? Are you out of your mind?!!!!! Someone has to be accountable for all the idiots that DON'T have family values and morals. Sheez~

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good thing you cleared that up Dragon. You have WAY too much time on your hands.Do you realize who the New Yorker caters to?? lol

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Call them democraps and that is truth in advertiseing :).

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Oh what was that earlier about acting juvenile id? I suppose "democraps" displays maturity. LOLOk, I'll stoop to your level...you can't spell Conservative without CON. :)God I love the smell of partisanship in the afternoon!

By: vejaneksela on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Thanks dragon, thats interesting. Republicans are in the republican party and so its very easy to say democrats are in the democrat party. I guess for some it may seem like an insult, but democrat party is not that easy to slip out when talking about democrats. Is Democrat bad too, or do we say democratic Nancy Pelosi? I realize its a misuse of the word democrat to say democrat party, but misusing a word is very common.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Personally, Gdia, I don't see too much party loyalty anymore. Maybe we're all realizing that it's better to vote for the "best person" than to vote party lines. Or could it be that we're all finally growing up? lol

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You're right gg, that's why we need big brother to tell us just what our values and morals should be. sarcasm

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I don't think we're growing up at all. In fact, as a society we are regressing. A friend told me last night that the Fox show about the lie detector was one of the highest rated shows last week. The decline of Western civilization. Catch it!

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wait until your new baby is running your house, and now you're the responsible one for whatever may comes his/her way. This includes Mr. Creepy guy lurking around your local park, Mr. Creepy guy at the grocery store, and Ms. Creepy teacher looking to get it on with Junior. "gross" And now you realize you're on your own. There is no village. It was all a myth. Your kids will have an STD before they're able to drive, and hopefully that STD won't be fatal. Now...are you SURE you don't want someone laying down some morals (where there aren't any) or what? 'Cause baby, it's a crazy world out there. One of kids said that the average girl at McGavock (color not a factor) has 2 kids by different fathers. Ooooh, doesn't that just make your day~

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I absolutely refuse to watch those reality crap shows.... I mean, come on.... how brain dead do you have to be? The directors admitted 2 months ago that there are scripts (that require writers) involved. Ergo, no reality at all. Want reality? Come to my house and deal with the dogs, parakeets, sugar glider, pond full of koi, neighbors kids, neighbor's cat (Elvis) and on and on........

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

For the sake of discussion what would gore bring to the table that Juan won't?Gore has a lot more baggage then McCain has beside being a loser.Think I read one time that no dem candidate that lost ever got nominated again but I will conceed this is an exceptional year with the two rookies running and the dems in a corner with limited options which brings us full circle. How will the woman and blacks take it when they substitute a white ringer into the game?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I have no idea if you're talking from experience or what, but you're certainly not speaking of my life or anyone I am familiar with. Maybe you should move to a better part of town.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Are we that far from the “Running Man”?vej – Usually you carry on a good discussion. The name game is getting a tad old. Do you have a point, or are you just feeling pissy today?

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hey, my fav line, "Is it safe?" Heck no. If you ever travel through Lakewood out by Old Hickory, the local cops will pull you over for exceeding the ever slightest mph posted. My favorite line they ask, "So Mr. Smith, what is it that brings you over to this area?" Everyone tells their true agenda each time, but just once I'd like someone to say "Oh, I was out of cocaine so thought I'd come over here to score some. Got any?"
"18659

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Once his daughter has a fatal illness from a sexual transmission, he'll change his lack of morals tune. Well, if he really cares about his kids, he will. I know, I know, some parents out there don't, but some of us do. And you're right, a child is NOT a punishment, and if you think it is, can I have him/her? Seriously.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Poor Obama, like a condom is going to stop an STD 100%. Heck, I conceived a child while using a perfectly good condom. lol

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hey, Id, did you ever get over your flu?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You should read the label, they've never been 100%.We learned that in health class in junior high. I guess some people were too busy passing notes.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

explains why he is so pro abortion right up to the last second.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Who is pro-abortion to the last second?

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Who? hmmmm Most of the Dem party leaders. They had so many opportunities to overturn the late-term abortion rule that, well, it's just not going to go away now. Have you seen one of those done? My friend has. They perform them in Nashville (behind closed doors) and for unsaid reasons, they're okay with it. Doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Did you know you partial birth abortions are an "everyday" thing now? Where they're most accepted, and I can see both sides (sort of) is where the baby has been diagnosed with some terrible illness/disorder/birth defect and the parents opt to not treat the condition. Sometimes it's because their Blue Cross has a policy lifetime payout of $1 million, which you can exhaust easily these days. Either way, it's the stuff of a Stephen King book, IMO.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It doesn't surprise me. Especially when wealthy people are getting abortions just because the child may be retarded. People suck.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You know, your insurance company has the power to "cover/not cover" anything these days. And you should see the "dear John" letters our friends and family are getting lately. They suddenly no longer cover water damage (home owners policy) or maybe no longer cover glass damage (windshield replacement) on your auto insurance. Either way, society is picking and choosing their points of interest, and babies tend to lose out.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

On your retarded comment... funny thing... seems the parents are the retarded ones, don't ya think? lol

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Don't get me started about insurance companies. I'm having to fork out close to $10K because my home owners insurance having their head up their ....

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Any person who would terminate a pregnancy because there is a chance that the baby is not perfect is not only "retarded" but a class A idiot, moron, etc.When we were pregnant with our first, I couldn't believe the doctor gave us the option that if a certain test came back in a certain way we had the option of an abortion. I was absolutely floored.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

And back to the STDs and the question of transmission, not to be gross, but ick, there are fluids.... you know...and they don't stay where they should.... and that equates to transfer. End of story. So if there's ANY contact AT ALL, oral, not oral, direct/indirect, there is going to be a transfer of some kind of fluid. How mean, come on.... even Jessica Simpson can figure this one out~ lol So you think sex ed is going to prevent it? lol again Didn't stop me, my friends, my husbands, you.... but maybe if you put it into moral terms. Guilt goes a long long way. I have Jewish friends who seem to master in it at college. Guilt and fear of guilt can prevent a host of maladies. Let's try it, shall we?

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Gdia, my ob said I could go to Vandy and have a private ceremony where they kill it and you hold it, bless it, and then bury it. I kid you not! He delivered 3 or ours...so he knows his stuff. This is a well-known service available to those who can afford it.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Nah. Even during the height of AIDS, people (yours truly) knew the risks and either didn't care or thought we'd live forever. It appears we lucked out, but have to admit it was fun.Of course if my daughter asks me I was a virgin until marriage...lol

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gg speak for the ones you know/knew.Jewish girls are either hot or not no in between with them.If it wasn't for their religious thing I would have hooked up with at least one of them.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Seriously? I'm speechless, never heard of that.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You should've played "Only the good die young" for her id. I know, it's about Catholics but it's all the same.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I still think you can guilt a few into staying pure.... I did... .until my 17th b'day, but my friends fell left and right. It was my grandmother that influenced me to stay pure. Hey, I married the guy once I graduated HS. Too bad he left me for a man 2 years later. I should've known something was awry when I caught him wearing my panties~ lol

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Gdia, you don't get out enough... lol Man, it's going to get worse when this baby gets here~ At least I have a live-in nanny/manny.... you ain't so lucky. However, don't feel left out. He just moved in a year ago, so I was on my own for the last 23 years. lol

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I dated a woman similar to that scenario, except it was during college. She went to Belmont, I went to MTSU. We hooked up and then she left me for a guy that left her a few years later for another guy.She then wanted me back. I was like, um....NO. But laughing in her face felt wonderful.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Don't remind me, I'm already a little blue. Maybe Spring will help, who knows.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Not to spook you royally, but check out what happened to a friend of mine at:http://www.okkids.org/documents/odaniel.pdfI went to jr and sr high school w/Lindsay's mom. This scenario is exactly why I don't like to hire baby sitters. It's just not the same as being there yourself. So I've given up the manicures, the housecleaner, the trips to Florida every month, you name it. Once the baby is at Kindergarten, I'm out of here! Back to work I go, thank you. I'm so looking forward to wearing heels again.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You and Mrs. Gdia need to line up childcare personnel/nannies you truly trust with your own lives let alone yours.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

We already have. She's a longtime friend of the family that has been watching our two year old since her birth.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good God, that's horrible.