AL Gore for President, Hot Air?
Susan Estrich a Political Science Professor in Califorina is one of the Nations Top Political Minds from the Left. She is always worth a read. Even Right Readers enjoy her as she is engaging. Politisite Note: She is one of the authors of Super Delegates, so Blame Susan!
LOS ANGELES — Al Gore?
Say it ain’t so, Joe.
Actually, Joe, as in Joe Klein, is the one who’s saying it is so, on the cover of last week’s Time magazine.
Are Democrats really in that much trouble? I don’t buy it.
Here is Klein’s scenario:
“Let’s say the elders of the Democratic Party decide, when the primaries end, that neither Obama nor Clinton is viable. … All they’d have to do would be to convince a significant fraction of their superdelegate friends, maybe fewer than 100, to announce that they were taking a pass on the first ballot at the Denver convention, which would deny the 2,025 votes necessary to Obama or Clinton. What if they then approached Gore and asked him to be the nominee, for the good of the party, and suggested that he take Obama as his running mate?”
Joe Klien from Time MagazineIs Al Gore the Answer?
Unlike Barack Obama, Bill Clinton does not believe in “the fierce urgency of now.” The former President has an exquisitely languid sense of how political time unfurls. He understands that those moments the political community, especially the media, considers urgent usually aren’t. He has seen his own election and reelection—and completing his second term—pronounced “impossible” and lived to tell the tale. He remembers that in spring 1992 he had pretty much won the Democratic nomination but was considered a dead man walking, running third behind Bush the Elder and Ross Perot. He knows that April is the silly season in presidential politics, the moment when candidates involved in a bruising primary battle seem weakest and bloodied, as both Hillary Clinton and Obama do now. It’s the moment when pundits demand action—”Drop out, Hillary!”—and propound foolish theories. And so I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I’m slouching toward, well, a theory: if this race continues to slide downhill, the answer to the Democratic Party’s dilemma may turn out to be Al Gore.