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Can Al Gore Solve The Democratic Election Fight? Would He Want To?

March 26, 2008

I am not sure that Al Gore wants to be involved in this fight for the Democratic nomination, either as a mediator or as a potential nominee himself.  His position in the nation, indeed around the globe, is almost one of being above mere politics.  His laudable work for the betterment of the world in the fight against global warming places him in a most respected position from which he can work to persuade others to see the correct path on policy issues.

Yet there are articles every day on the possibility that Al Gore will step up and address the fight that is dominating this election year, the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the nomination.

The New York Observer weighs in with their views.

Uniquely among the fraternity of failed Democratic nominees, Mr. Gore has regained his standing within the party, and then some. His early opposition to the war in Iraq and tireless advocacy for combating global warming—a cause he basically personifies—made him a liberal supernova. He won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Nobel Peace Prize. He shed his suit and tie, started dressing in black shirts and jackets and cowboy boots, and took a job with Apple. His resistance to impassioned pleas leading up to the elections in 2004 and 2008 to run again only further cemented his reputation among Democrats as the unflappable Goracle.

Mr. Gore declined, through a spokeswoman, to comment for this article.

“There is no Democrat who can dictate the nominee,” said Robert Zimmerman, a former fund-raiser close to Mr. Gore who is now supporting Mrs. Clinton. “However, Al Gore can play a unique role in uniting the party and bringing an end to the fighting after the primary and caucuses have concluded.”

“Certainly, if anybody has earned the right to do whatever he wants in political life after 2000, he certainly has earned that right,” said Alan Kessler, a former Gore fund-raiser who is supporting Mrs. Clinton for president. He added that an endorsement “might be perceived as a little bit unfair for him to do, because he is so influential.”

It is taken for granted by most Democratic insiders, with good reason, that if Mr. Gore did weigh in, it would be on the Obama side.

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  1. March 27, 2008 8:32 AM

    What a blessing if CARBON Boy would jump in! Please Al do IT!

  2. cappy permalink
    March 26, 2008 11:43 AM

    Work for the earth Al! We need you to keep fighting for the future needs of the world community.

  3. jake permalink
    March 26, 2008 11:37 AM

    The nomination would be his for the asking. I hope he wants it.

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