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December 14, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

AL GORE AND THE PRESIDENCY....Matt Yglesias says everyone should give up on the idea that Al Gore might run for president:

That said, I agree with the basic sentiment: Gore hits the sweet spot of experience and vision in a way that nobody else can. What's more, a person who's in a position to be a viable presidential candidate and who believes the things Gore says he believes almost has a duty to run, a duty that I'm sad he hasn't seen fit to take up.

Me too. At the same time, I feel like there's an obvious point to make about Gore that, for some reason, no one ever makes: the stuff he's done over the past five years that puts him in that sweet spot is largely stuff he was only able to do because he had the freedom of not running for office. Real politicians who are running for real office have to be very careful about what they do and say. They have to pander to interest groups, they have to raise millions of dollars from rich donors, and they have to soften up their positions to avoid alienating too many fence-sitters. That's just the way it is, and while it's nice to think that maybe Gore would have figured out a way to square this circle and still win, it ain't so. If Gore were seriously seeking office he simply wouldn't have been able to spend his time the way he has since 2002.

Plus, as Bob Somerby tells us, Gore also knows perfectly well that the quasi-cease-fire he's had with the press recently would break down completely if he actually ran for office. We'd be back to stories about earth tones and discovering Love Canal, profiles that harped endlessly on his stiffness and wonkiness, and talking head buffoonery about his weight or the size of his house. Is it any wonder he figures he can get more done as a private citizen than as a Democratic primary candidate?

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You forgot Beardgate. The presence or absence of his facial hair would cause more comment than the contents of Alan Greenspan's briefcase ever did.

Posted by: ArkPanda on December 14, 2007 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

Bob Somerby has written about Al Gore? When did that happen?

Posted by: Dale E. Howler on December 14, 2007 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

I have to admit Kevin, you're right.
Al Gore is genius, but somehow I think his light would dim if he were running for office...that and we, as a nation, are just to buffoonish to realize that maybe we should be looking for a good administrator rather than who panders to our particular aesthetics.

Posted by: sheerahkahn on December 14, 2007 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

It's agonizing to think back on Gore's concession speech and to realize that it's one of the only things in the past seven years that made me proud to be an American.

I wasn't wild about Gore during the 2000 campaign, though I did volunteer work for the Dems. Subsequently I realized what a truly admirable guy he is.

Posted by: Winson Smith on December 14, 2007 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

You are, of course, right, Kevin. But he would have been the best President in decades. He's almost always been right on everything, which is why the Right and press so viciously hate him.

Posted by: Gore/Edwards 08 on December 14, 2007 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

Gore would be the strongest Non-Republican candidate for Prez, which is why I support a Gore candidacy. As G/E notes above, Gore has been right about pretty much everything, but loud right about really important things. Often well in advance (Global Warming) and in the face of a tsunami of opposition (Sept. 2002 Anti Iraq War speech). It's nice to finally see him get some props, but more apologies are in order, but I just want a Non-Republican in the White House.

Posted by: ed on December 14, 2007 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

The only problem is that Gore stinks at retail politics. Love him otherwise.

Posted by: Frank C on December 14, 2007 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

I disagree with Mr. Drum because of the seriousness of the times. Had any one of the Democratic presidential candidates, except perhaps Kucinich, or VP Gore become the national face of the anti-war movement, I think they would be the indisputable front runner today and have a lock on becoming president. But none did. They all played the pander game, and although I do not think that will prevent a Democrat from being elected president, I think it will prevent a major change to the national policies that matter most to me. The next Democratic president will have too many obligations to those they pandered to to make real changes that would not only benefit most Americans, but relieve the suffering of our imperial victims.

Posted by: Brojo on December 14, 2007 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

"You forgot Beardgate"

And Sweatgate and Fatgate. Sigh.... Why is our political discourse ruled by these buffoons?

Posted by: PaulB on December 14, 2007 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

Like it or not stories about Gore's stiffness or wonkiness would be largely on the mark. It should be possible to advocate sensible policies that appeal to a majority of the electorate AND do it with an inspiring style of oration that thrills crowds and leaves people feeling energized. Where is that person? Didn't these people take debate in school? Didn't they rise through the ranks, running for various offices for years, if not several decades? How the hell can any of them fail to get to a point where a rousing stump speech is still not in their repertoire? WTF is so difficult about speaking before a crowd in something other than a stiff, stilted manner? Some say Obama has it. I've not listened to an extended speech of his. Critics that have and commented publicly complain it sounds great when you hear him but later deliberation yields feelings of having eaten cotton candy. Lots of air and little remaining satisfaction. Gore may be a statesman and have great policy ideas. As a "woody" inducer he's a miserable failure.

Posted by: steve duncan on December 14, 2007 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

Quasi cease fire? In what sense? The MSM could not even bring itself to cover the Nobel prize ceremonies with anything approaching decorum.

Posted by: Alan on December 14, 2007 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

"the stuff he's done over the past five years is largely stuff he was only able to do because he had the freedom of not running for office"

I agree that this is what is thought to be true, by the political consultant types. Conventional wisdom - gotta run to the middle. But those middle swing voters don't care about positions (they're apolitical), they care about personality. And mild fence-sitting does not a dynamic personality make.

One day the consultants will figure this out.

And I disagree about this regarding Gore's stance on the Iraq war. The american people needed a leader, to point out the obvious lies being sold. Even without a leader, the anti-war position was still 60% or so, before the war started. Just because our neo-con media crowded out anti-war messages, doesn't mean there wasn't a LARGE constituency for this message. And it would have been larger if we had a leader - a prominant politician or media personality willing to buck the neo-con monopoly.

So, no, Gore could have espoused an anti-war message WHILE STILL running for/holding office. The belligerents and neo-con "liberal" hawks don't have complete control. It just seemed that way, then.

Posted by: luci on December 14, 2007 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

The only way a Gore candidacy is going to happen is if the current primary field somehow implodes.

There are two ways this can happen: either (shockingly unlikely) a primary season with no clear winner and thus a brokered convention, or (still unlikely, but less so) the presumed nominee has to drop out in the absurdly long period between February and the convention due to illness or scandal.

Posted by: ColoZ on December 14, 2007 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

The real reason he's not running? We'd have a Gore-Hillary "Shootout at the OK Corral" in this year's Dem primaries that would make great media coverage but would rip the party apart.

Brojo's right on the pandering; good reason to give a Green vote a look, y'all.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on December 14, 2007 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

quasi cease fire? you can't be serious. their lies and raging jealousy haven't abated one friggin inch. from the insane droolings of msnbc's favorite gasbag:

MATTHEWS (11/19/07): . ...But, in terms of Al Gore, he is the one who said he created the Internet. He’s the one who put out the word that he was the subject or the role model for Love Story, that he pointed the—the country’s attention to Love Canal. He stuck himself into that story.

And when Martin Peretz’s daughter wrote that piece in the Vanity Fair a couple months ago, I’m sorry. She didn’t make the case. Gore got himself in those problem areas—


MATTHEWS: —by vanity and showing off and trying to make himself cool. But John Kerry got unfair treatment. I think there’s a big difference, guys, big difference in how those two were treated.

Posted by: linda on December 14, 2007 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

maybe Gore would have figured out a way to square this circle and still win

Don't solicit money from big donors, don't pander to the fence sitters, just run on your merits of your platform and take your chances. Asserting that winning this way is impossible perpetuates the artificial, anti-democratic construction called 'electability'.

Posted by: scudbucket on December 14, 2007 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Having reconsidered my recent calumnies, I now see that Kevin Drum is the greatest man who has ever lived. By way of contrast: At today's HuffPo, Byron Williams gives an account of Campaign 2000 that completely lacks any understanding of the matters Kevin notes here. It's astounding to think that, seven years later, leading liberals still understand Campaign 2000 this way. By the way: The people who are missing from Williams' account of Campaign 2000 are now actively screwing with Campaign 08. Less so, but they're there, and we permit it:


Posted by: bob somerby on December 14, 2007 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

The thing is, Gore has probably been much more effective on the issues which matter to him after leaving politics than he ever would be as President.

Carter is quite similar in that he was rather ineffective as President, but has accomplished a tremendous amount after leaving politics.

Posted by: mfw13 on December 14, 2007 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

Mr. Somerby, I submit that you think Al Gore is good at the "game". I think he is not. I think there is much evidence he is not, despite the press's poor treatment of him.

So we disagree. And everybody I know who is interested in politics more or less agrees with my position, so I think you are in a pro Gore bubble.

Posted by: Frank C on December 14, 2007 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

I'll take him for Secretary of Interior or EPA or whatever he asks for next year.

Posted by: freelunch on December 14, 2007 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK
Where is that person?

CEO for various very successful companies. The less scrupulous of the CEOs see a shift into politics advantageous, the others not so much ...

Posted by: royalblue_tom on December 14, 2007 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

You who would anoint Gore the philosopher-king: get a grip! He doesn't have a heart for the fray. He pussied out and didn't fight for the election he won in 2000. We've all been living with the consequences since. He can redeem himself by taking his newfound gravitas on the campaign trail and working for the Demo ticket in 2008.

Posted by: tanya on December 14, 2007 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

steve duncan wrote: "Like it or not stories about Gore's stiffness or wonkiness would be largely on the mark. It should be possible to advocate sensible policies that appeal to a majority of the electorate AND do it with an inspiring style of oration that thrills crowds and leaves people feeling energized."

Sounds like you didn't hear or see any of Gore's speeches to MoveOn members during the last few years. I attended one of these speeches myself and so was fortunate to hear Gore in person.

He was a rock star. Certainly he was scholarly and thorough in his presentation and analysis of facts, but he was also a powerful, convincing, energizing and even entertaining orator who built a meticulous case against the Bush administration into a thundering denunciation that won multiple standing ovations.

Another attribute of Gore that many people don't acknowledge is that he can be very, very funny. People who have known him over the years say that he is famous, or infamous, for his very dry wit (this is also said of Bob Dole, who like Gore was accused of being "stiff", in part because, like Gore, Dole was advised to keep his dry, ironic sense of humor under wraps because it wouldn't go over with the public). And Gore's humor and native ability for comic delivery have clearly benefited from working with the folks on Saturday Night Live in his multiple appearances on that show.

But he isn't going to run. I think he does believe that he can be more effective in his present role.

I could imagine him accepting a position in the next Democratic president's cabinet though.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on December 14, 2007 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

While I admire Al Gore a great deal, I do not think he is that good of a politician. His failure to decisively beat Bush in 2000 (I agree he really did beat him, albeit it by just a little) and his failure to handle the Gore-Bush debates well exposed his weaknesses.

The second thing is that he has a kind of worldwide credibility in his current role as a private citizen that he would not have as an office holder. While US actions and leadership are important as we move forward, it's not enough, and Gore has an ability to transcend borders and influence the world that a US politician usually does not have.

So I think his current status suits both his strengths and weaknesses, and he can also do a whole lot of good.

Elect more progressive Democrats and see how much better we can all do.

Posted by: Threegoal on December 14, 2007 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

I think that Gore would have had to stood against considerable wrath if he ran against Hillary Clinton in 2008. Not that he couldn't have done it, just that it would've been difficult to do it. (Neither Edwards or Obama has the history with the Clintons that Gore has.)

I don't believe that the Democrats will lose in 2008, but, if they do, Gore will still be young enough to run in 2012.

Posted by: PE on December 14, 2007 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

What if one of Obama/Clinton/Edwards said to Gore he could be 'Minister of Global Climate Change' if he agreed to be their vice-president?

All that stuff he's been doing might preclude hime from running for president, but it doesn't preclude him from becoming veep again, does it?

Posted by: Robert Earle on December 14, 2007 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Interestingly, Gore's big issue - anthropogenic climate change - got a quarter page on B1 in todays Wall Street Journal. Not to mention one or two 2 sentence blurbs on A1.
My sense is he almost definitely won't run in 2008.
I'm still keeping my Draft Gore bumpersticker.

Posted by: kenga on December 14, 2007 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

Cease-fire? Like Fox News ridiculing Gore's Nobel prize because it's an award they give to "terrorists" like Arafat, and that the peace prize should instead have gone to the US general prosecuting the war in Iraq? Or the Right's attacks on Gore's "hypocrisy" for flying, driving a car, having a home, and otherwise not living in a cave and forgoing all modern conveniences?

Our Republic and our planet need Al Gore. I can understand why he doesn't want to run, or feels he can be more effective on the issue of global warming if he doesn't return to politics, but right now he's desperately needed. Republics fail when good men fail to stand up and do their duty. The good that Gore can do as president will go far beyond what he can accomplish as a private advocate for the environment.

America needs Gore to run. The world needs Gore to run.

Posted by: Augustus on December 14, 2007 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps the lesson to be learned from Gore is that one can be more effective at spurring change by not being an elected official.

Posted by: jrw on December 14, 2007 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

You know, boo hoo. You get into politics, you'd better be ready to practice politics. That means not giving up your political base, because a candidate for national office needs one; not whining when you get dinged by the media, because every politician does; and not running for President with the idea that you're entitled to the job.

Al Gore ran in 2000 as the incumbent Vice President at a time of peace and prosperity, one moreover who had no part in the personal drama that made many Americans so weary of President Clinton. That's as close to shooting into an empty net as American Presidential politics ever gets. Gore should have won easily, and he screwed it up. If he'd come right out and taken responsibility for not getting the job done right after the election he probably could have had the Democratic nomination, and the Presidency, for the asking in 2004, and he didn't do that either.

I have nothing against Gore personally, and agree with him on the climate change issue more than I disagree. I begrudge him none of his current notoriety, but the fact is that he didn't become President because he was a lousy Presidential candidate. He has only himself to blame for that.

Posted by: Zathras on December 14, 2007 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

I'm pissed that I never got to wear my "RE-ELECT GORE IN 2004!" t-shirt! Had Al run in 2004 and handed Dumbya his ass, that would have been revenge sweeter than honey.

Now, in 2008, it would just be re-heated sour grapes....

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on December 14, 2007 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Zathras, you have no idea what you are talking about: "...but the fact is that he didn't become President because he was a lousy Presidential candidate. He has only himself to blame for that."

It's obvious you don't live anywhere below the Potomac. If you lived in the South where I live, you would know exactly why Mr. Gore's margin of victory was so slim. People didn't vote for GW, they voted against Clinton. They were so disgusted by his behavior that conservative Democrats in drove voted to send a message. Unfortunately, the punishment didn't fit the crime.

Yes, I also believe that Mr. Gore has a responsibility to hear his country's cry. He admitted in an Oslo interview that the presidency of the United States was the most effective place to advocate for CO2 reductions. So if the planet hangs in the balance, if this is the greatest crisis we have ever faced, if the lives of our children are threatened why isn't he leading the charge from the helm instead of blowing in the sails? I fail to feel his sacrifice.

Nobody made the case for why Mr. Gore is not acting in tandem with his concerns for planet earth than Michael Yaki in an op/ed in the San Francisco Journal.

What's next Mr. Gore? More emails. More stage shows. More education.

I applaud every citizen in NH that writes in Gore's name. I wish more than anything that Mr. Gore could win that write-in campaign,draftgorenh.com Then he would have to face the nation and explain why when called, he would not serve. And that's an inconvenient truth.

Posted by: elr on December 14, 2007 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

If our firey career liberal writers wouldn't spend all day staring into air while the mainstream press savages Gore, maybe he would be able to run right now.

KD, standing in a boat filling with water as he stares into air: "This boat will never go anywhere, it's too full of water."

Come on now, get busy bail the silly thing out!

Posted by: Chuck on December 15, 2007 at 8:18 AM | PERMALINK

A relation of Gore's, Gore Vidal, once wrote that "It is a truism of American politics that no man who can win an election deserves to." No better showcase for this than the 2000 election. The moron went to the White House and the visionary went to...Columbia?

Gore has no duty to run. He went that route once, discovered how bankrupt it is, and is doing something far better for the Republic, or what's left of it. If he becomes a Cassandra, that's the consequence of an electorate who can't make the right decision when it's a contest between a coke-addled frat boy and a distinguished public servant.

Posted by: Wally on December 15, 2007 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

I wrote this open letter to Vice President Gore before we in the Draft Gore movement were asked to stop our ballot initiatives. But recently, the Vice President gave a quote which compels me to post this letter nonetheless. He said,

"I don't know how to get the point of urgency across to people. I wake up every morning and wonder what I can do to be more effective? What can I say or do differently to get this point across? I wish I could find the words to connect from my heart to yours, my passion for this."

Mr. Vice President, you'll always be my favorite President of the United States, whatever you decide in future.

My intention is to be one more drop in a vast ocean of persuasion in convincing you to re-evaluate how magnificent your accomplishments for America and the world could be as our once and future next President.

I have no doubt that you are the best President we never had ... yet ... In fact, you may be overqualified, but we�d never hold that against you, Sir! But, Mr. Vice President, even a visionary can have a blind spot; I wish you could see as so many of us do how necessary it is for you to become our president - again.

Re-Elect Al Gore 2008:
Back to the Future!

Whenever I think of you, your life's journey, and your service to the country, I swell with gratitude and (dare I say) HOPE, that we�ll continue to receive the great gifts of your brilliance, sterling character and honor, far-ranging knowledge and eagerness to teach, incomprehensible bravery, practical spirituality in the real world, ravenous curiosity, bottomless depth of heart, absolute trustworthiness, and humanity.

I dream you�ll want to help us heal from this nightmare of America held hostage by enemies from within. They are the red, white, and brutal, arrogant Neanderthal punks ripping across the world on nuclear-tipped Harleys, who have dismantled and poisoned everything wonderful about America! Who knew how much we would pine for democracy? Who knew that it could be taken from us so easily? You give us hope and a vision of what could be best in us, and we yearn for your leadership.

Head of State. Worth the Wait:
President Gore in 2008!

Metaphors and mythical images come to mind when I think of your journey in the world. Maybe it�s because we are living in a Greek tragedy, the biblical story of Exodus, or a Grimm�s fairy tale. We need a hero - yet the hero always has to find his own way first. Would Prometheus have stolen fire from the gods, if he had foreseen being chained to a rock, an eagle eating his liver, while Fox News made up lies and trashed him every night? Maybe not. When it comes down to it, no one really wants to live as an avatar; it�s a dirty, thankless job with all that heavy lifting - yet someone�s got to do it. Ask Prometheus, Atlas, and Moses. I imagine it�s hard to have special gifts; being the messenger of new ideas automatically makes you misunderstood and even feared, until the tipping point is reached. It�s just that the Zeitgeist is moving with you now, Al. This is becoming your time. Consciousness is changing - because of you! You have singlehandedly moved us to the cusp of the tipping point! The mountain is finally coming to Mohammed! Surfing the wave into the future is going to be one of the great adventures the world has embarked upon. You are the author and author-ity of how we get to the future safely. Please! - don�t leave yourself out of the story, now that you�ve made the story possible!

Imagine! - a president who can see the whole complex picture and who�ll use science, technology, the gifts of democracy and the interactive democratic process to repair the country and the world! The fantastic thing is that you don't have to be anyone else but yourself! Your leadership will never again be about politics; you are challenged morally and spiritually to lead the nation and all of humanity, beyond our differences to solutions you understand better than anyone.

THE PRESIDENCY IS A MOLDABLE CONSTRUCT. Come as you are; you don�t have to be anyone else. It�s Al Gore that we want! We don�t want a politician - we want a truth force warrior! Be President Gore - YOUR way! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE YOURSELF.

The fact is that no one can steer us better than you to ride the wave, beyond the internal combustion engine, beyond our fossil fuelishness, to the gift that keeps on giving - a sustainable and creative future! Please don�t step back, and allow someone inferior to you to take your job! And for your own sake, I doubt that you could have the kind of stage, megaphone, or influence in the world as a private citizen that you could have as our next president. The Nobel Peace Prize will have become your highest moment in life. After that, the next president - if it is not you - will take possession of the microphone and the blueprints for the next 4 to 8 years. It�s just in the nature of power. Will you be dropped from the front page, and from the national conversation? A President Gore is a terrible thing to waste!

NOW, YOU AND WE HAVE JUST ABOUT REACHED A TIPPING POINT. America is at last ready for your truth force. We who believe in your vision, your intentions, your goodness, we say to ourselves: "If we build it, he will run". We have been saying it to ourselves and one another for years now.

If we build it, will you run?

It�s not sufficient for you to be a prophet, a prophet who has finally been heard, even a Nobel Peace Prize winning prophet. We need your leadership, at the top. We need you to steer this ship out of these dangerous waters, while action is still possible. Don�t abandon us to mediocrity and mendacity and mis-leadership! If we thought that there was someone who could lead as well as you in this time of reckoning and consequences, we�d leave you in peace!

Don�t let this cup pass from you, Al. It�s filled with the tears of the world.

More than even for the climate crisis, we need you to help save our democracy, which is imperiled! Without our democracy, we have nothing! In your 2006 Martin Luther King day speech, you reminded us how many storms our nation has weathered without our giving up our freedoms to a fear-mongering authoritarianism. Fascism with an American face - it�s come so quickly! As you�ve said, there�s no room for each new outrage heaped upon our democracy, because there have been so many other outrages, one after another, too many to count. Wrapped in the flag, they shred the Constitution on a daily basis.

"Where there is no vision, the people perish". We want to be proud of our leaders again! Must we be resigned to presidential candidates who either cannot lead or who cannot win? Must we hold our noses to vote? Everyone else is inferior to you! Sure, I�d love to have a woman president one day: I�d be happy if Barbara Boxer took office after being your Vice President for the next eight years. But Hillary Clinton? Dear God, she is just one of the current crop of spineless Congressional weenies who has been altogether willing to give the sonofaBush - enemy of democracy - free rein to stage his Rodeo of Hell all around the world, and on our dime too! She and her cowardly colleagues, too many lame, damn, dumb Dems, need to sit in their naughty chairs for the crimes of indifference and enabling. And if you do not see the leadership elsewhere, you must ultimately come to the conclusion that yours is the vision and you are the visionary.

To perhaps state the obvious, I�m one of the Draft Gore minions. I work with MASS4GORE, one of the 270+ national groups, and more specifically my local western Massachusetts group in Amherst. I�ve collected over 700 signatures in our nomination drive to get your name on the Democratic presidential primary ballot (and we already have the thousands of signatures that are required). Other states are doing the same. I ask folks the question: Would you like to have Al Gore on the ballot?

These are the two reasons:

1) There is no one besides yourself who can offer the stunning breadth of qualities necessary to lead us out of the shambles of the dark neo-con nightmare of conquest and tyranny. We need every gift you have - a quicksilver, open, brilliant mind which sees the big picture, asks the necessary questions, and takes the long view, decades of leadership experience, commitment to democratic principles and the Rule of Law, love of learning & teaching, integrity, moral force, initiative, courage, wisdom, humility, tenacity, vision, faith, electability, orientation to the future, self-sacrifice, noble patriotism, humanitarian priorities, and worldwide respect - to usher us into a new era of American innovation and cooperation with others and with the planet itself.

2) Can a great citizen ever do more than a great President? The presidency alone can offer you the widest platform, megaphone, pulpit, and classroom that you will ever have, to use yourself for the highest possible purposes, those of restoring our Constitution and democracy, and of changing the consciousness and direction of America and the world at large, to reach for a future which is sane, liveable, creative, and full of promise. Without the presidency, your continued influence upon America and the world AFTER January 20, 2009 will be at risk; someone else would be creating the syllabus for the 21st century; someone else would have the microphone and the world stage.

You are holding the treasured collective dreams and ideals of America and the world on your shoulders:

Could America have the greatest leader, steward, protector, and champion if you were to decline your rightful role as President? Al, are you listening???!!!!!!! Your country is calling on you !!!!! I still hear the echoes of your battle cry near the end of the 2000 campaign, before this 7 year nightmare began. You cried out, "I�ll fight for you!". We voted you in. We chose you to lead us. And then our country was stolen right from under us. We still choose you - more ardently than ever before. What is this nation without your leadership? We are lost and led astray by stupid, evil, reckless troglodytes. You won before. Be our President again!

Back by popular demand! President Gore!
Back by popular demand! Democracy!

The country and the world are awakening to your wisdom!
Jeremiah is at your left, and Cassandra is at your right!
The shofar has sounded!
The hundreth monkey has come over to the light!
Mercury has gone Direct!
The tipping point is at hand!
Prometheus has been freed from angry and jealous gods by the people!
His liver is a renewable resource!
Our will is a renewable resource!
We will vault you to the height of power, if only you say yes to your destiny!

I answer the doubters with as much faith as I can muster:

We toil in the vineyards of a growing nationwide, even worldwide Draft Gore movement, and pray that you will. Make the spirit of America Gore-geous again.

I wish you:
- the peace that only can come from following your soul's path.
- a toboggan for your mobius-strip life adventure.
- the sharpest ballpoint pen for your fiercest battles.
- deep, old, and abiding friendships 360 degrees around you.
- the softest cushions for the great unexpected.
- Tipper and your children around you, and the hokey, everydayness of family life.
- to be seen and known for whom you truly are.
- the ability to be alone, even ordinary, in your fame, when you need it.
- the knowledge that your great works can never be undone.

May God bless you, sir, as you rise to your full God-given greatness.
With great reverence for you, my hero, democracy's hero, the Constitution's hero, and the planet's hero,

Dinah Kudatsky
Amherst, MA.

Posted by: Dinah Kudatsky on December 15, 2007 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, but Al is too busy figuring out ways to censor rap and rock 'n roll lyrics to bother running for president again.

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