Now that Al Gore has, along with an official U.N. organization, won the Nobel Peace Prize, it would seem his resume is fairly well rounded out. Screw the presidency.
If I were him, that's probably where I'd be coming from. Why would you want to run? Our political environment has gotten worse, not better. Much worse. Gore was mocked and ridiculed during Campaign 2000 as a snarky egghead, a snooty know-it-all, a pretentious scold. Nevermind that the media far overplayed their had on him, and worse, were far too lazy in their reporting of Governor Bush.
The global climate may indeed be worse, but our political climate is in full meltdown. The other side is openly savaging twelve-year-old children. Ones that need health insurance, no less. You would hope that an opportunity like young Graeme Frost had would turn him on to politics and government and policy. My guess is that this horrible experience will scare him off, and rightly so. It's too bad. People from both sides of the aisle ought to be begging young people to get involved in the government of their country.
I'm fairly well sold that Al Gore will not run for president, and that many of us will always wonder, What if... My particular "what ifs" tend more towards wondering what if he'd approached the Florida recount differently, but you can't let these things burden you.
What's more, not everyone wants Gore to run. This I respect -- this I understand, though I don't necessarily agree with it.
But it's not just Kevin Murphy who doesn't want a Gore Revival. I can think of -- what is it, seven? Eight? -- folks right now who would prefer V.P Gore remain sidelined. What better for Senators Edwards, Clinton, Obama, Dodd, Biden, Gravel, Governor Richardson and Congressman Kucinich (am I missing someone?) than to not have to compete against Gore, but to have his endorsement? Given his history with the Clintons -- not all butterflies and rainbows, gumdrops and candy canes -- and her proximity to the front of the pack, this will be worth watching.