Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Friday, February 02, 2007

Kos is Waiting for Gore Too

by kos
Thu Feb 01, 2007 at 12:29:44 PM PST
One reason I'm not jumping aboard any 2008 bandwagons is that I'll wait as long as necessary to see if Gore will jump in. That's ultimately my guy this cycle. And even though I don't think he'll run, he's really got all the time in the world to make a final decision.

Gore was just nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and while any schlub can get nominated, it's Gore's backers that make his bid impressive -- Conservative Member of the Norwegian Parliament Boerge Brende and Heidi Soerensen of the Socialist Left Party. It's rare trans-ideological support.

The prize will be announced in mid-October. So say Gore scores an Oscar and Nobel in the same year, he can announce in November and still become THE story in the primaries. It's not as if he'll need the full year to get his name recognition up or make the case for his candidacy. He would instantly raise gobs of cash (I'd bet on tens of millions in the first 24 hours) and become the media sensation of the winter. He would instantly make hundreds of millions spent by his primary opponents obsolete. Talent would flock to him, decimating the staffs of his opponents.

Heck, if done right, a serious "Draft Gore" movement could have the shell of an infrastructure in place for him to adopt.

That doesn't mean I'll be adding Gore to the straw polls or personally getting involved in a draft movement. This cycle I'm just an observer. And as noted, I doubt he'll pull the trigger. There's no need for him to do so. His passion is fighting global warming, not social security solvency or extracting ourselves from Bush's myriad messes.

But if the stars align properly, you never know.


This is EXACTLY what I've been thinking -- let all these wanna-bees wear themselves and us out proving how weak they are and Gore comes in just when we'll need him the most. No one should need 2 years to campaign -- even if talking heads like Chris Matthews are itching and begging for announcements since election day 2006. We the electorate don't need (or want!) 2 yers of campaigning and speculation. Only talking heads are anxious to change the subject from the GOP losses last year.



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