Bad news if you’ve been playing in the ProgressiveIntelligencia fantasy politician league. The consensus number one pick in our draft has announced he has no interest in campaigning for the Presidency. Al Gore will not run in 2008 despite previous conjecture that he would make a BIG announcement come Oscar time. He says now
“I can’t imagine in any circumstance to run for office again…I’m involved in a different kind of campaign.”
This is quite disheartening for those of us who were pushing Gore-Obama 08, so now the question must be where do we turn from here. Is it Obama? Is it Hillary? (I still like Richardson!) anoodle has just posted about the poor cast of characters running on the GOP side and I agree, but if they run an under the radar candidate like Huckabee the candidate on our side needs to be strong.
Bob Cesca writing at the Huffington Post posts a plea for Al Gore to stay in. It’s a worthwhile read (even if he downplays Iraq too much).
Sure it’s a dirty job, but for Gore to withhold his voice from the race would be to forgo what appears to be his era of convergence. His time. And for us, without Gore leading the free world, we face the potential for a continued path of ignorance — a dark ride through an alternate reality in which global warming and the survival of humanity as we know it is allowed to slip beyond the zero barrier.
We can all hope that Gore reconsiders his decision, but until that shining day, we’re going to have look elsewhere my friends.