Leave Them Longing for Gore
By James Taranto
May 23, 2006
The 2008 election is just 896 days away--a blink of the eye in politics, but long enough that we don't really know who's running yet. Lately, though, there's been a lot of talk about one potential candidate, a man named Al Gore.
For those who aren't trivia buffs, here's a brief bio: Gore was born in the District of Columbia in 1948. He served in Vietnam, though to his credit he doesn't make a big deal about it. He eventually moved to Tennessee, where he was elected to the U.S. House in 1976 and the Senate in 1984. In 1992 he published a book called "Earth in the Balance," which some likened to the Unabomber's Manifesto. But the Unabomber turned out to be some guy with a beard.
Gore is perhaps best known for defeating Dan Quayle in the 1992 vice presidential race. He served two terms before going from second banana to also-ran in 2000, when he won the Democratic nomination for president but lost the general election by what most observers agree were less than landslide proportions.
Suddenly, the political world is atwitter over the possibility that Gore will follow in the footsteps of actor turned president Ronald Reagan. "Is the former vice president running for president again?" asks the Associated Press. "The buzz he has been generating is fuelling speculation that he may want to return to politics," claims the Financial Times. "He's saying no--but you can hear the 'Run, Al, Run' chant growing louder," swoons the Puffington Hostess.
New York magazine explains what's really behind all the Gore talk:
We don't think it's going to happen, for three reasons.
First, Gore's long-forgotten concession speech in 2000 was the one moment in his public career in which he appeared lucid and at peace. If this doesn't prove that deep down he doesn't really want to be president, we might as well turn in our license to practice armchair psychology.
Second, you just know in the end the Democrats will do whatever the Clintons want.
Third, NewsMax.com notes that "the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating":
We don't mean to get all religious or anything, but this--as well as earlier evidence--suggests that whoever controls the weather is not exactly rooting for Gore.
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