Ambivalent? Am I the only one?

August 27, 2007

I wonder if there are others here who feel like I do about 2008. I want a Democrat to win the White House more than just about anything right now in my life. I want it even more than I wanted it in 2000 or 2004, more than I wanted us to take back the Congress in 2006. My problem is, I don’t love any of our candidates…..

I wonder if there are others here who feel like I do about 2008. I want a Democrat to win the White House more than just about anything right now in my life. I want it even more than I wanted it in 2000 or 2004, more than I wanted us to take back the Congress in 2006. My problem is, I don’t love any of our candidates…..

Don’t get me wrong. I would be thrilled if Obama beat whoever the Republicans throw at us. I’d be ecstatic if Edwards blew out Giuliani next November. I’d be thrilled if Hillary toppled the Right Wing machine.

But I don’t have the fire for any of three yet. I just don’t feel it. I don’t feel it like I did in 2000 for Gore, or in 2004 at this point for Dean. (I came around to Kerry, but Dean was where my passion was).

I worry too much about Obama, Edwards, and Hillary. Obama’s passion inspires me, but can he stand the onslaught that Rove et al would unleash? Will the media like tearing him down as much as they built him up? I admire the work Edwards has done these last 3 years, but do I completely trust him? Are the positions he holds politically convenient or true in his heart? Hillary would represent something historic, but her turn from liberalism towards centrism and “strength” really rubs me the wrong way. Do we want more triangulation, or do we want someone who will stand up and say, “This is what I believe. Whether you agree with me or not, at least you know where I stand.”

I’m not looking for diatribes from the respective camps for each candidate. That’s not my point. My point is to find out if there are others here who feel as I do.

I wake up every day and check the web to see if there are any Gore inklings. I pray every night that Gore decides to get into the race. He is someone I would have passion for. I would be volunteering for him now. I would be donating now. I would be passionate now.

The others, I’m not so sure about. I will fight like hell once one of them grabs the nomination, should Gore not get in. But I just don’t feel it for them yet….

Please Al, Please Run!!!

Cross Posted at Daily Kos.

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Gore Op-Ed in NY Times: Moving Beyond Kytoto

July 2, 2007

Is here

Two snippets:

WE — the human species — have arrived at a moment of decision. It is unprecedented and even laughable for us to imagine that we could actually make a conscious choice as a species, but that is nevertheless the challenge that is before us.
Our home — Earth — is in danger. What is at risk of being destroyed is not the planet itself, but the conditions that have made it hospitable for human beings.

Without realizing the consequences of our actions, we have begun to put so much carbon dioxide into the thin shell of air surrounding our world that we have literally changed the heat balance between Earth and the Sun. If we don’t stop doing this pretty quickly, the average temperature will increase to levels humans have never known and put an end to the favorable climate balance on which our civilization depends.

and this in closing (read the whole article):

Our children have a right to hold us to a higher standard when their future — indeed, the future of all human civilization — is hanging in the balance. They deserve better than a government that censors the best scientific evidence and harasses honest scientists who try to warn us about looming catastrophe. They deserve better than politicians who sit on their hands and do nothing to confront the greatest challenge that humankind has ever faced — even as the danger bears down on us.

We should focus instead on the opportunities that are part of this challenge. Certainly, there will be new jobs and new profits as corporations move aggressively to capture the enormous economic opportunities offered by a clean energy future.

But there’s something even more precious to be gained if we do the right thing. The climate crisis offers us the chance to experience what few generations in history have had the privilege of experiencing: a generational mission; a compelling moral purpose; a shared cause; and the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict of politics and to embrace a genuine moral and spiritual challenge.

Like poetry. Run Al, Run. Please. With 52% of the electorate saying they would NEVER vote for Hillary, we need another option…..


Gore cancels Taipei speeches, mulls presidential run? and by the way, he’s 1st in New Hampshire already!

June 29, 2007

Take it with a grain of salt, but check out this little item:

ENVIRONMENT
Al Gore visit postponed
Former US vice president Al Gore will not be able to make it to Taiwan this September to address the issue of global warming, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) said yesterday. Tien, who invited Gore to visit Taiwan to promote awareness on global warming, told reporters yesterday that she received an e-mail from the Harry Walker Agency, which has the exclusive right to arrange Gore’s speeches, saying that Gore had canceled all his scheduled events in the next six months. The visit to Taiwan had been postponed to next year, she added. Tien said the reason for the cancelation was that Gore was considering a presidential bid.

Signs like this are going to be our first inkling that he’s getting in.

The whole article is here.

And check out this little nugget. When included, Al Gore is 1st, that’s right 1st, in New Hampshire:

Former Vice President Al Gore is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s worst nightmare in the nation”s first primary, a new poll shows.

If Mr. Gore got into the 2008 presidential nomination contest, he would edge out Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire 32 percent to 26 percent and defeat the rest of the Democratic contenders, says a 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll of likely voters.

Run Al, Run!!!!


Sweet Home Gore Obama

June 23, 2007

Gore-Bloomberg???

June 21, 2007

Cross posted at Daily Kos

Alright, maybe my Gore in ’08 fantasies are getting the better of me, but does anyone else think this ticket could be very interesting?

Now, I’m not saying that Gore will leave the Democratic party. I think there is virtually no chance of that happening.

But I do think it’s possible that he could enter the race and then tap Bloomberg to be his VP. Personally, I’ve said for months that Gore-Obama (Gorbama) would be my ticket to beat, but I wonder what a Gore-Bloomberg (Goreberg) ticket would look like.

Let’s look at this from a few different angles:

I.– The issues.

The Environment
Bloomberg has arguably been the greenest mayor in NYC. He has advocated very specific policy proposals to attempt to move Manhattan ahead of every other major city in its efforts to make the city green. Tree planting, congestion planning with significant tolls to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan, etc, are all specific policy proposals geared towards making real change. Bloomberg has stood with Schwarzenegger in bucking their party to make these changes. Obviously we know where Mr. Gore is on this.

Fiscal policy
Bloomberg has done a marvelous job at taking a city that was run into the red by Rudolph the Red Mayor and turned it around financially. People forget, but for the first 6 months plus of his mayoralty, his polling was in the toilet and his economic policy was seen as draconian: From Wikipedia:

Facing a severe fiscal crisis after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Bloomberg introduced a $3 billion tax increase in the middle of the fiscal 2003 year. The move is credited with stabilizing the city’s finances, which have since recovered…… In 2004 and 2005, the city experienced record surpluses, but financial experts and Bloomberg administration officials warned about unfunded future pension costs owed to city workers. In response, in 2006 Bloomberg unilaterally set aside $2 billion for a city-retirees’ health fund.

At at time of record deficits and unfunded mandates that are spiralling out of control, this kind of fiscal discipline is exactly what the country needs.

Foreign Policy, i.e. Iraq
It is obvious right now that Iraq is going to be a mess for a long time to come. Do we want a politician who will come up with a practical, non-ideological way to get our troops out without causing the entire region to turn into a ridiculous sectarian conflagration, or do we want an ideologue (on either side) who will use fear to win our votes? There’s not an American alive who doesn’t want to see our troops come home as soon as possible, but none of us want to create a situation where are troops have to go back in greater numbers in the near future. I believe that the experience of Al Gore and the pragmatism of Bloomberg can make this happen.

Gun control
After the last few cycles, I worry that a leading Dem will not dare take on the NRA and the gun issue. Bloomberg is probably public enemy #1 of the NRA with the stances he’s taken against guns. Again, bold policy ideas that buck the party because it’s what he believes in. I would hope the Gore of ’08 would follow this lead, even if it alienated some voters.

Abortion, gay rights

Both are pro-choice, pro-civil union, no problems here.

II. Electorally/Campaign Strategy

Obviously, the biggest advantage Bloomberg brings to any ticket is his cash. Worth well over $20 billion, he has commented that he would pour in hundreds of millions of dollars into a campaign if necessary.

Unfortunately for those among us who believe that third parties are good for democracy (I’m torn on this one), there are substantial obstacles in the way of Bloomberg #1 running for president as a true independent and getting on enough ballots, and #2 actually getting to 270 electoral votes.

You can game this out in lots of different ways, and it’s hard to see how he gets to 270. The best I can come up with (if he’s at the top of the ticket), is for him to create as situation where no one gets to 270, and the election gets tossed into Congress.

Now, put Gore at the top of the ticket, and you have a very different story. I think that ticket would hold Kerry’s states from 2004 and probably add Florida (the best chance for a pick-up with this ticket), Ohio, Colorado, and probably Missouri to their column.

I have argued repeatedly here for a Gore ticket, and most of my love for this ticket is because of Gore, but I really think the country would respond to a pragmatic message of reform and hope, and Bloomberg has proven in NY that he can lead.

So, what do you think? Is this a crazy idea? Would you support a Gore-Bloomberg ticket?

(Ask yourself this question too– if the race was Hillary, Thompson, and Bloomberg, would you think about voting for Bloomberg?)

I’d love to hear what people think about this……


another stop, Charlie Rose

May 28, 2007

here’s Gore’s appearance:

I finished the book this week. It is by far the best synthesis of the arguments made over the last 6 years as to why this administration has been such a disaster, and why they have been able to spread so much disinformation. Get the book. Read it. You won’t regret it.


Gore’s book tour….

May 22, 2007

stop #1:

kind of the slow season right now before the campaigns heat up, but I think Gore is ramping up…..
Larry King Live tonight (tuesday)
Daily show (thursday)
Letterman (thursday)……..

and this is hillarious: