Friday, March 24, 2006

Gore Bore No More

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2006 at 2:59 PM

The old new is now old, so the old is new again . . . or something. American Prospect magazine ran a profile of Vice President Gore entitled the "New New Gore." The article by Ezra Klein suggests that Gore, the once almost king, could be the once almost and future king, having generated buzz as a result of his association with, some pointed attacks on President Bush in the past year, and his coming out party at the last Sundance Film Festival. The author sees the beginnings of a groundswell of support, so much so that Gore might come out of exile from electoral politics and make a run for President in 2008. Klein proposes that the lack of enthusiasm from the Sarandon wing of the Democratic party and left-leaning Net denizens for Senator Clinton would form a vacuum that Gore could fill in his new position as the party's liberal monarch. Really. Gore, former DLC poster boy is the flag carrier for the party's left wing? Klein cobbles puzzle pieces from Gore's support for polecat Howard Dean with Gore's vociferous attacks on Bush and the left's anger with the 2000 election and assembles them to form a picture of Al Gore as the New New Democrat, a cat who makes movies about global warming, hangs out with Larry Page and Steve Jobs and has a strong distaste for the current administration. This new new picture would propel Gore into dark horse candidate status, if not front runner.

I have my doubts. Despite tension between the camps of the First and Second Ladies in the past, I don't think Gore would step in if Senator Clinton mounts a campaign for President. Nor do I think Gore would run from the far left. He's come out against the war, but who besides Hitchens and Bush (and Kerry) haven't? Wanting the troops out of Iraq is now a mainstream position. Gore's always been an environmentalist and techno-geek, those aren't new new positions for him. It is a change to see the far left embrace him, however that has as much to do with the results of the 2000 election as it does with any new impressions people might have of him. Yes, he has made himself the Internet Democrat (even if he didn't invent it), and thus has easy access to lots of people eager to make donations with their debit cards. I suppose the apparatus is in place, if he wants it, he can have it.

If he is interested, Gore isn't saying . . . kinda. During a speech at MTSU this week, he said.

"I'm not planning to be a candidate again. I haven't reached a stage in my life where I'm willing to say I will never consider something like this," he said. "But I'm not saying that to be coy; I'm just saying that to be honest — that I haven't reached that point."

Sounds like a "no." Though you could parse that into infinity and decide he's saying he'd run if he was wanted. So, is he wanted?

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