Monday, February 26, 2007

Gore in 08?

There's been a lot of debate going on recently over the possibility that Al Gore might enter the race for the white house in 2008. The first I heard of it was months ago when I mentioned to a friend, "You know, Al Gore should run for president again. After all, he's been making such a name for himself recently with his film and his growing rock star status." She replied, "Yeah I hung out with his family a few months ago and he has every intention of running. He'll enter the race later." Naturally skeptical of that whole statement, I did my own research and found a mass of back and forth bantering on the subject. Although the horse's mouth kept saying things like "I have no plans to run for the '08 presidency," many pundits dismissed those statements as open-ended. But the more I read and heard, the more unlikely it seemed that he would actually enter the race.

But the events of last night have sent words buzzing around the world about his true intentions. Right now, the rumor mill appears evenly divided on the subject. Those on one side believe that he's too engrossed in his mission to tackle global warming to get caught up in the mud slinging of another presidential bid, and harsh attacks from opponents might put unnecessary stress on his credibility and ability to motivate people with such effectiveness in the environmental arena. But others believe that he is merely holding out until autumn, when the two main contenders, Clinton and Obama, have gotten out all of their aggression and have collapsed under the weight of their negativities. Once Obama and Clinton have sufficiently beaten each other down and the public has tired of them, Gore will enter the race as a clean candidate, an old friend, the winner of the popular vote in 2000, a tireless patriot whose effort to stop global climate change has won him an Oscar, a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, a heaping spoonful of credibility, name recognition, rock star status, and countless new fans. He will emerge, if not by his own desire to take what is rightfully his, but by the burgeoning "Draft Gore" movement under way.

I may be young to many, but I've never seen such a yearning by so many people to see their hero get in the ring. Instead of the typical 'oh i don't care who's running, they all suck' mentality, a sizeable group of americans are getting behind the draft movement to essentially petition Mr Gore to run.

One thing is for sure: a 'draft gore' movement began in '03, but he quickly and unequivocally told his supporters to stop because he was definitely not going to run. This year, the draft movement is beginning to pick up serious momentum. The rumor mill that predicted the bids of Clinton and Obama with "Are they running?" headlines are now, in the wake of his Oscar win, giving the possibility of an Al Gore candidacy the same widespread coverage as the current Democratic frontrunners.

Some things to note: He never supported the Iraq war. He's got 8 years under his belt as Vice President. He won the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election. His reputation as a stiff politician has all but vanished, and his rock star image continues to grow as he hobknobs with Hollywood A-Listers, does a heck of a job on Saturday Night Live, and wins an Oscar for his film "An Inconvenient Truth," which is one of the highest grossing documentaries in history. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded in October, which is right around the time he's expected to enter the race for the 2008 presidency.

Some keen to Washington politics point to his increasing weight as a sign that he's not buckling down just yet, and when he begins exercizing regularly and toning up, that will be the sign that he's in the game.

If you would like to add your name to any or all of the "Draft Gore" petitions, please visit:
www.draftgore.com
www.algore.org
www.algore-08.com
www.electgore2008.com
www.algoresupportcenter.com
www.draftgore2008.org
www.petitiononline.com

9 comments:

Andrew Dalton said...

I think Gore has found himself in a position where he didnt intend to be, all the sudden he has found a constituancy that could possibly grow and has even suggested he could enter the race by as late as September of this year. That being said, I dont see why he should run. Call me a hatemonger, but why is he considered a hero? Gore puts out a movie blatantly playing on fears and emotions, offers half thought out solutions while scooting around in his private jet, and then all of the sudden decaprio is fellating him at the oscar podium. i understand the cause is noble, i understand that gore actually believes what he preaches, but does he practice it? Just last year, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.... not to mention the Clinton administration's environmental policies arent anything to be particularly proud of.

If Gore ends up running, Im pretty sure he will have some explaining to do about the latter.

Gina Flagiello said...

Just a sidenote. . . Andrew has never actually seen "An Inconvenient Truth," so he wouldn't know that "Gore put out a movie blatantly playing on fears and emotions." ;)

Janina said...

i happened to see your band at the ally last night, checked out your myspace, and thought i'd stop by this thing. i expected the usual "we're recording an album" stuff, but i was so happy to read everything that you've written in here. i definitely agree that the world is not the expendable commodity that we have been treating it as. and jesus, as a historical person, was i'm pretty sure a liberal, if not a radical in his day. progressive thinking!!! not sure why christian fundamentalists don't see it...

anyway, just thought i'd give a random "way to go" w/ getting the message out. it was refreshing to read.

Erika Reyes said...

It's refreshing to see that young people as myself have taken an interest in politics and our environment. I too did not expect to read some awesome stuff on your page and Carrick's page. I thought it would be the usual band stuff.... I can't wait to read more of your posts.

Lesley said...

You should definitely post in here more...you have very interesting things to say.

Melanie said...

Well, I still like you, but personally, I was relieved that Gore wasn't in the race. LOL And he has some huge credibility problems (which isn't to say he wouldn't be elected.)

Anonymous said...

woah....back track a mo! you have friends who have dinner with Gore?????

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm deeply impressed with you and Carrick's blog. i am a fan of everybody else for sometime now. but only just discovered your blogs and i have to say, they took me by surprise! instead of finding the usual "our new album rox! chek it out guyzzz", you guys are discussing politics and religion, and it's just absolutely amazing! i have yet to see you guys in concert, and now i can't wait! you guys actually have something to say that's worth listening to!! it's amazing! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Kari A. said...

Hey Mike,
You have some interesting stuff here and Bohr rocks! Anyway, last time I saw you, you said that you sent me a message on myspace--I finally decided to log back in again, but none of the emails I tried worked. How long ago was it? I think you'll see my gmail address when I post this, so contact me through that.

<3
Kari