Enter Gore.

I believe he is running. I don’t care what he says publicly. I’ve been saying it for months, mainly out of unfettered optimism and hope, but now we have proof of it.

Gore campaign team assembles……

A few highlights from this article:

But, aware that he may step into the wide open race for the White House, former strategists are sounding out a shadow team that could run his campaign at short notice. In approaching former campaign staff, including political strategists and communications officials, they are making clear they are not acting on formal instructions from Mr Gore, 59, but have not been asked to stop.

and this juicy nugget:

Many of his supporters helped to run the unsuccessful presidential campaign of John Kerry in 2004. But since Sen Kerry abandoned his presidential aspirations this year, many of his leading advisers have yet to align themselves with any of the other candidates.
They were expected to join the campaign of Sen Edwards, who was Sen Kerry’s running mate last time.
The former aide, who has himself signed up with Sen Edwards, said: “The question is: where have all the Kerry people gone? The answer for most of them is nowhere. Now ask yourself why.”

We could spend hours debating the merits of the other candidates, and should he not run, I will support the eventual nominee. But I don’t think it’s arguable that he is the best the dems (or rethugs for that matter) have to offer.

Cross-posted at Daily Kos, and as of 11 am on Sunday, the most recommended story!

And now, in today’s NY Times:

April 23, 2007, 8:52 pm
A Gore Reunion

By Patrick Healy

It’s not a Gore ’08 strategy session (at least not officially), but about 20 former fund-raisers and supporters of former Vice President Al Gore will gather in Washington next month to talk about politics, memories and Mr. Gore’s future at a dinner being organized by Peter Knight, his close friend and political ally.

The dinner comes as speculation has intensified about whether Mr. Gore will be a late entry into the Democratic presidential race. Two people who plan to attend said that a possible presidential run by Mr. Gore in 2008 would inevitably be a topic, given the recent Oscar victory for “An Inconvenient Truth,” the buzz about his recent congressional testimony on global warming, his new book that will be out two weeks after the May 8 dinner, and his global “Live Earth” concerts in July.

“There’s certainly enough talk about Gore’s future among people who are not part of the Gore group, so of course we’ll be talking about all of the things that might be ahead for him,” said Alan Kessler, a former Gore fund-raiser who plans to attend the 20th-annivesary reunion of Mr. Gore’s first presidential campaign.

Mr. Kessler and another attendee, Robert Zimmerman, a New York public relations executive, have already committed to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, and some other participants have already aligned with declared candidates.

Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Mr. Gore, said Mr. Knight and another former Gore fund-raiser, Mary Pat Bonner, were organizing the dinner at their own initiative, and that Mr. Gore — while honored — would not be attending.

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7 Responses to Enter Gore.

  1. fnaddel says:

    I sure hope you are right. He would definitely be the best candidate, as long as he sticks with the “real” Gore and doesn’t sucumb to the ravages of the vast fleet of advisers who did him in the last time. I think the people want “real” politicians, not focused group creations.

  2. N.Savage says:

    I HOPE Gore runs. He will win….AGAIN!

  3. yardman5508 says:

    Just a question here. What would the current GORE powerstructure do with the people from these former campaigns? A large pert of the support that Pres. Gore is generating is coming from this “wired” world. The only polling you see with his name included is here. He is not included in most declared candidates polls. So how could a successful campaign comfortably include the “old guard” and a new, progressive group that is openly skeptical of those guys/gals?

    “We want the world and we want it……NOW!”…Jim Morrison

  4. askewed says:

    My perspective is a little less political but still relevant. Modern day elections are hardly a political event. Sure some people have issues they care about but it’s not like if your candidate doesn’t get in you’re not going to be able to eat. The real issues are never discussed and widely not even grasped by voters. All of the candidates have polling, advisors and endless data to help ‘mold’ the message. So on paper, they all pretty much look the same. Something has to separate them…

    Since It’s not like one of them is going to step up and take a bold stance on anything important, this (as with most everything in life) will come down to aesthetics. Taking peoples narrow-mindedness into account Gore may not be the best chance the Democrats have, he may be the only chance. Now please don’t get me wrong I’d vote for Obama, Clinton and Richardson without a moments hesitation but I’m not a bigoted person.

    Forget what people claim in mixed company for a moment and read on. Clinton is obviously a woman which posses a problem as… Woman do not like each other and Men merely tolerate women that they are not sleeping or think that they may be able to sleep with. We aren’t as evolved as you may think.

    Obama is next and he really has a problem. The only way he could have less of a chance is if he were a gay jew. This poor guy hits two of the big three. Again, we aren’t as evolved as you may think and that means a black man isn’t winning anytime soon. He’s too, well black for the whites and not black enough for the blacks. There are vast parts of the country where you can’t drive a Ford truck without reprisal let alone vote for Barack Obama.

    Bill Richardson (and all of the others of his ilk) just don’t have enough recognition. There’s no built in trust. It’s all marketing and Windex is spending more then Fantastik so Windex must work better. They’re all vying for the number two spot.

    Gore has the name, a label we recognize when we look down the crowded aisle and he has aligned himself with the most popular movement alive in this country. He has to be the candidate or we lose. Dems only win if our guy looks like a lock. If there is a moment when we look, act or speak wrong they’ll vote for anyone else (read: Bush).

    Anoodle and I (are we not using names here?) Saw Kerry speak after the election at a small private event. Had the guy we saw that day ever ONCE showed up on television he’d have won in a walk. Personable, loose, coy but not sarcastic, funny but not silly. A strong, tall presence that commanded the moment and said all of the right things. Not the bumbling f**k that ran for President.

    All Gore has to do is announce, not choose a VP who’s religious affiliation is (though baselessly) hated by 8 of 10 voters. And lastly as fnaddel says not get ‘advised’ until he can’t move. I mean did you ever see a man so uncomfortable in his own skin as Gore in 1999? He runs, he wins. He doesn’t we don’t either. I think it’s that dire. As Democrats we make one huge mistake time after time. We think the “right thing” is going to happen. We wait for the world to realize what we already know. Meanwhile Republicans are making their “right thing” happen any way they can. For better or worse that’s what makes a winner.

  5. anoodle says:

    First to yardman–
    I think any successful campaign has to balance the netroots enthusiasm with the political machinery required to actually do the hard work it takes to win a race. I was a big Dean fan, but he obviously ran into trouble when he had to translate the netroots excitement into results. Kerry had little netroots passion, but a lot of machinery, and he got more votes than Clinton or Gore, but fell just short.

    I think Gore could walk that balance beam better than anyone. He would have such passion from the netroots, but he also has the background and the history in american presidential campaigns that he could turn that enthusiasm into results.

    The little diary I posted on Daily Kos on a Sunday in April, 19 months before the election got commitments of over $600,000 in donations. Imagine the fundraising he could do once he actually announces? He could line up tons of small donation while tapping the network he used in 2000, as well as the business contacts he’s built at apple, google, and current over the last 8 years. It also doesn;’t hurt that he helps manages a hedge fund and has those resources as well (including his own bank acct).

    I think he could thread this needle better than anyone……

  6. anoodle says:

    and to askewed– well said. It’s interesting what people will say in a poll vs what they will do in the voting booth. Harold Ford’s Tennessee race was the latest example of that. I wish the country was in a place where race, religion, and sex don’t matter, but anyone who did as little as watch Borat knows that’s not the case. What people say to each other privately is still a hell of a lot different than what they will say in public, and their voting patterns match that.

  7. anoodle says:

    I reposted the diary after getting over 700K in commitments from Daily Kos readers:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/4/23/192031/438

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