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.
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.