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Wag The Blog: Will Gore Run?

The frenzy over whether or not Al Gore will run for president in 2008 reached a fever pitch yesterday as the former vice president testified in front of a House and a Senate committee about global warming.

We've written extensively about Gore both on The Fix and in The Post, making the case for his candidacy and against another Gore campaign.

But in today's Wag the Blog The Fix wants to hear from you. We don't want to know whether or not you think Gore should run, but whether he will run and why.

Remember: Gore has experienced considerable success -- financial and otherwise -- in the private sector since Jan. 2001. His work on environmental issues has raised his profile considerably. Would he give up financial success and public acclaim for what would undoubtedly be a costly and nasty primary fight against Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and the rest of the Democratic pack?

So tell The Fix: Will Gore run, and why would he want to endure the rigors of a national campaign again?

We'll be monitoring the comments section throughout the day and will pluck out several of the more insightful and interesting in a post later today or tomorrow.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 22, 2007; 5:00 AM ET
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He will and MUST run. Run Al, run!

Posted by: Tim | March 28, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore will run because he will beat Hillary handily in the end. Most Democrats don't like Hillary as their nominee. A larger number than expected don't like her at all. Run Al Run!

Posted by: Rich | March 28, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Gore is set to win Nobel Peace Price of 2007. I am pretty sure that European committee would give it to him, as Europeans are very much scared by Bush unstoppable oil wars. Then, as a person who won the top art prize(Oscar) and the top scientific prize (Nobel Peace Prize), he might choose to run, or, maybe, would choose to endorse Obama. He seems to be the real remedy to stop these Bushs-Cintons oil policies of the last years. If not, then, probably, nothing would stop this wars for oil and other types of bloody leadership's establishment until this planet is done. I am sure that neither Hillary Clinton, nor Rudy Guiliani is the proper solution of current urgent problems. Each one of them as prez is a pretty disastrous future.

Posted by: aepelbaum | March 26, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

He will:
-He cares too much about the country not to run.
-He is the only one can win and have enough experience to run the country.
-He does not want to see another mistake as the Irag war.
-He knows the only way to take care of the environmental issue is to go through the Presidency where power resides.
-He must feel something wrong with the US political system if a few people can deside a presidency as in 2002.

-

Posted by: john Y. Cheng | March 23, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Gore will run.

It's a matter of compulsion.

Here are the roots of the compulsion:
1. He was raised to become President (as JFK was.)
2. He actually won the 2000 election. Judicial shenanigans took the prize from his hands. This is a wrong not easily forgotten or forgiven.
3. Intellectually, Gore is Everyman. Eager and studious, Gore embraced the success that was thrust upon him. In this respect, his life is comparable to that of Bush I. [Bush II is a whole different story altogether.]

Mix 3 with 1 and 2, and add the recent success in Hollywood limelight, Gore cannot help running again

Posted by: R,M Gopal | March 23, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

If history is any guide, Al will have no choice in his destiny. Never has a politician or otherwise who has seen a clear path to the ultimate seat of power, walked past it. Al is a career politician who's ambition and sense of public service will not allow him to sit on his hands if a clear path to the presidency presents itself. And I believe it will.

Posted by: murpee | March 23, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE AL, RUN!

save us from these inexperienced candidates!!!

Posted by: erin | March 23, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

11:04pm and 11:05pm WERE NOT by me, lylepink. A good idea would be for CC to follow the rules. Read, Please Read the rules.

Posted by: lylepink | March 23, 2007 1:34 AM | Report abuse

If you watch An Inconvenient Truth, it is incredibly clear that Gore is still angry and pissed about how the 2000 election was stolen from him. It is also clear that he truly believes that the POTUS has the ability and responsibility to take the leadership in addressing the environmental issues that are punching us in the face. He also realizes that the POTUS cannot do anything about the environment unless the Congress is behind him (i.e. if the Repubs control Congress, the environment will continue to suffer).

As such, I think with the Dem take-over of both houses of Congress, Gore has begun to seriously think about running for POTUS. He sees that with the Dems likely maintaining control in 2008, he could make great strides in addressing environmental issues.

IMHO, I think he knew that running for POTUS in 2004 would be useless because of the Repub control of Congress. I also think he is looking at the current political map and seeing just how successful the Dems can be in Congressional races in 2008. If he feels confident that the Dems can strengthen their hold on Congress, he will jump in.

His passion is the environment. If he feels he can be more effective as POTUS in addressing the environment, then he will run. If he feels that he can be more effective as an "environmental ambassador", then he won't run.

Here's another thing to look at: if you notice him loosing weight, then he's definitely running! (I can't take credit for that observation, mind you)

PG

Posted by: PeixeGato | March 22, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

This whole story is really sad, but it can't keep me from mentioning Hillary, our next POTUS. Why, just last night I had the strangest dream. Hillary and I were on the Starship Enterprise, and she was Captain Kirk. I was Spock. The stretchy uniform really did wonders for her sagging figure, and it was only logical for me to gaze longingly at her as I was sharpening my ears. Soon enough, I thought to myself. Soon enough you'll be on T.J. Hooker, and I will concentrate on my art. But tonight, Captain, tonight is for us. I must have been thinking out loud, because Hillary / Kirk turned to me and brayed lovingly, "Let's continue the conversation." Most logical, I thought to myself, and my pulse quickened as my eyes followed the wrinkles in her throat down past her adam's apple to where they disappeared in her sensible Starfleet blouse. Suddenly, she turned, as the loudspeaker blared "Cap'n! Cap'n! The voting blocks! Thar brreakin' oop! I canna hold 'em no more!" She stood quickly, practically, bleating something about a "vast intergalactic conspiracy" and disappeared down the hatchway.

When I woke up, my sheets were all sticky.

This is why I support Hillary so strongly. She floatus my POTUS.

Posted by: lylepink | March 22, 2007 11:05 PM | Report abuse

This whole story is really sad, but it can't keep me from mentioning Hillary, our next POTUS. Why, just last night I had the strangest dream. Hillary and I were on the Starship Enterprise, and she was Captain Kirk. I was Spock. The stretchy uniform really did wonders for her sagging figure, and it was only logical for me to gaze longingly at her as I was sharpening my ears. Soon enough, I thought to myself. Soon enough you'll be on T.J. Hooker, and I will concentrate on my art. But tonight, Captain, tonight is for us. I must have been thinking out loud, because Hillary / Kirk turned to me and brayed lovingly, "Let's continue the conversation." Most logical, I thought to myself, and my pulse quickened as my eyes followed the wrinkles in her throat down past her adam's apple to where they disappeared in her sensible Starfleet blouse. Suddenly, she turned, as the loudspeaker blared "Cap'n! Cap'n! The voting blocks! Thar brreakin' oop! I canna hold 'em no more!" She stood quickly, practically, bleating something about a "vast intergalactic conspiracy" and disappeared down the hatchway.

When I woke up, my sheets were all sticky.

This is why I support Hillary so strongly. She floatus my POTUS.

Posted by: lylepink | March 22, 2007 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Gore WILL RUN! and WIN
Because he is everything Bush is not! Bush is obviously an idiot! and Screwed up the country, and the rest of the world. This is no time for history making by electing the first Female or a first Black or a first Gay President. These are serious times and we need an intelligent, experienced President to lead the world, clean up Bush's mess in Iraq! and the white house. I can't believe that I believed this guy (Bush) will make a good president, uniter not a divider, "compasssionate conservative" "Man of God" "was going to bring Integrity back to the WH" "Help is on the way" My foot!! Such phony liars he and his cronies are! Bigtime crooks. So you need a clean, level headed guy in the seat. My assumption is that his upcoming book "ASSAULT ON REASON" would be such a HUGE hit! Which will change the course of the 08 politics and Gore will be IN dramatically. WE NEED THE GUY! all the swift boat and kayak guys will be eating their you know what.

Posted by: Jack | March 22, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Good boy, Lyle. Good, faithful boy, Lyle. Give me your paw... GOOD BOY! Do you want a biscuit?

Posted by: Hillary | March 22, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I lie here, touching myself, and thinking how much I hate Libs! Libs and Dems are the biggest threat to human kind since the beginnng of time. OOH... well, as I was saying, I hate Libs. Its a good thing we on the Repub side are so much smarter, richer, and better looking. Well, richer. Except for Warren Buffett. What were we talking about, anyway? I hate Libs!

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore will run and win. Why? Because he understands the meaning of destiny. There is no other candidate so perfectly suited to take control of the race. With Bush and the sycophantic Republicans paralyzed by self-inflicted wounds, it's the Democrats race to lose and Gore can read that from a mile away.

I agree with George K (above) that Gore doesn't need to declare for several more months, so everyone will just have to wait. But let's be real here, there's no way he's going to size up this anemic bunch of Dems and Reps candidates and not recognize that it's all his for the taking.

Posted by: Bill Fitzhugh | March 22, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

removes dishonest people ,

not because he dislikes or likes honesty ,


but because dishonesty fosters hatred and dissent...both destablizing units...


one exerts less effort at UNITY when one does not have to overcome hatred ...


remove the representatives that impede by creating dissension....


America was AMAZINGLY successful from bonding during WWII , it was not the war , it _was_ working together to solve something... we have lots of things to solve , together...

the first few sentences were a paraphrase from : The Book of Five Rings, addendum the Family Book , translation by Thomas Cleary...

Posted by: the good ruler | March 22, 2007 9:10 PM | Report abuse

MikeB; Your 11:15am Post is exact in what I have been trying to get across, and you appear to have fallen, hook, line, and sinker, for it. What Hillary has done all her life is to champion causes for the least among us. The opponents of these, such as Health care, will stop at nothing to distort what she actually represents. A classic example is "Al Gore invented the internet.", a flat out lie, and to this day it is still being used. This out sourceing of our jobs is something I don't have any answer for, because of the power of Big Business interests. Folks usually have little knowledge of how they, themselves, contribute to this by way of investments they have. Hope this explains to you why I so strongly support Hillary, and honestly believe she is the best the dems have to take back The White House.

Posted by: lylepink | March 22, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

how does one say that the current president is selling out Americans to foreigners and his own private gain except by saying


_that_

no one in their right mind should arrive at the WhiteHouse and then start clearing the trash out...


clear the trashout on the way to the WhiteHouse...


get rid of the dishonesty on the way in ...


coordinate efforts with other candidates to remove the incumbent vote riggers / fixers...


KICK THEIR FRICKING A**es OUT NOW...


Dont wait until you get in and have to bargain with this trash...

POINT THEM OUT...


LIKE THE US ATTORNEY THAT POINTED OUT WHAT GONZALES WAS DOING...


it actually started out _HERE_ he wrote in as a comment and said that two Congress People tried to sway him and that is why he got fired....


WE , the other commentators said , WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES...

you have heard some of the rest ....truth is important , you dont have to be obsequeious before trash... sweep it before you and coordinate efforts...


Obama Clinton Gore work together... create an effect , a wave ....there are too many points to stop a wave , you _can_ stop a ship...


use the wave ....read The Book of Five Rings... by miyamoto musashi


have fun , kick some a**es


exploit intelligence by helping the people to see how they have sold the cow ,


to get some magick beans , that are sterile.

Posted by: dear pandering to views voters... | March 22, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Al Gore will unequivocally run for president. The strategy goes like this:

Allow Hillary and Obama to expend valuable resources slugging it out through the summer, thus depleting their war chests and exposing weaknesses in their respective campaigns. In five or six months, when their agendas and tactics have been fully revealed and they find themselves fatigued from months of attacking each other and constant badgering by the media, Gore will waltz into the breach and infuse the electorate with much needed rejuvenation.

By that time Americans will have grown bored with all the rhetorical pabulum spewed into their faces ad nauseum and Gore's entry will feel like a misty breeze on a sweltering summer day. Autumn will be upon us and voters will be psychologically predisposed to embracing to embracing the need for change.

Further, five or six more months of Congressional investigations into the Bushies will have established an even stronger case for a presidential candidate who possesses a substantive breadth of experience as well as the dignity, intelligence, and oratory proficiency to lead this country out of darkness and into an era of cooperation and diplomacy, which is an art that evaded Bush and his cronies.

Don't forget to vote!!

Posted by: Georege K | March 22, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

No. Gore will not run.

Posted by: roo | March 22, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

He won't run. He knows he can be more effective as an outside agitator for the causes he believes in.

Posted by: Charles | March 22, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Al has been running for six years. Hillary and Barack are quite aware of this and its the reason they are on the campaign trail nearly two years before the election. Al needs only to continue to exhibit a high profile nationaly until later this year. Then when it becomes painfully apparent that the dems are about to shoot themselves in the foot once again, he will mount the dark horse.

Posted by: murpee | March 22, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

My guess is he won't. I don't think he'll want to get involved in all the negativity that comes with running for political office.

Posted by: mike g | March 22, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Sen Inhofe's questioning of Gore at the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing? If republicans want to actually have some credibility on this issue, why do they get this moron to be the flagbearer?
"I hope people understand what the issue is...because a lot of people don't know the issue. A lot of people think the issue is...is...uh...is global warming taking place? The issue is: is it man-made gases? Anthropogenic gases...uh...CO2 that's - that is the issue."

By the way, Inhofe now concedes that global warming is taking place,just that its not caused by humans. Which is quite a change from his previous stance. He's not fit to polish Gore's cowboy boots. How could Oklahomans elect this loon? This is a guy who bragged in the senate that his family had never produced a homosexual!

Posted by: Aussie view | March 22, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

are less rascist than the people in LA... in fact...


I was in Charlotte and in Greensboro NC and saw blacks and whites mixing at a dance more easily than in DC....


you people are pathetic in your theories...


you need to actually send some people out and check the temperature before you go swimming.... and I dont mean read the newspapers...

at no time in history has the media been so controlled by so few people...


talk to some people and send neutral people out to check... record the interactions so you can check on the tone of the questions and the tone of the response... or hold video taped sessions... gather some facts and quit using same_old_same_old to address new terrain...


the UNITED STATES and the WORLD has NEVER BEEN IN NON EXPANSIONIST MODE ....we have to manage our interactions and our resources...


its over... the population has reached a level that we can not waste , obfuscate , or BS as_if it wont matter...


clearly it matters , quit playing your sophomoric my team/no my team BS games...

.

who can deliver well engineered solution set(s) and sell them Hillary Barack Gore Bill Colin...

.

Posted by: people in the south | March 22, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

ask the people where their manufacturing jobs are...


how stupid are you ?

Posted by: wanna win the south ? | March 22, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

think that Clinton Obama and Gore should work together to create the kind of world that they can work easily in rather than fighting off the killer rats all of the time...


missing middle class ?


you think that would have happened if Gore were President ? no fricking way...


Katrina victims ? you think the National Guard would be overseas right now ?


Do you think that Gore would have orchestrated a coup that would have made JINSA PNAC AEI zionism and Big OIL and his selfishness

more important than the American People ?


or that his brother would have funded the WTC bombers while his brother was head of security at the WTC on 911 , while also being head of security at a port_of_entry , DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT... where an ambassadorial pass means that you canbe met by 4 stretch limousines with blacked out windows to move your passengers unseen out of Virginia... ?


not fricking likely , and the attack against Gore ? its orchestrated , its not how people feel...


when Duke Cunnnnning ham bit the bullet in California and his seat was up for re election.... the Republicans spent 15 times more on that election than on any other similar election ...and the VP and the President both put together a special voice mail for all the true believers... a massive_effort to achieve the ILLUSION that the people didnt care...


that illusion has been proven wrong hasnt it ?


the virulent attack against Gore is an ILL fricking LUSION...


I could disperse it in about 20 minutes ...and I will...


what he has to do is become willing to be mean , not as a belief system , but as an active agent of correcting dishonesty , and delusion...


crush them...


there is no other way , clear the slate so we can write some truth and beauty on it....


snap their will , rend the flesh from their dishonesty.... snatch their evil from them and use it to redeem them...


............

Posted by: I definitely | March 22, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If he doesn't run, I'll lose a lot of respect for him. This is his time and he should seize the moment. Not only is he the candidate people want but it is a moment in time where the country and world needs him.

He has been groomed for this position and he has a certain obligation to take it.

Posted by: soccermom | March 22, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I believe in the end he will not run, becuase he feels he can make more of a difference in the private sector than as the man who lost (won) another election.

Further more, if he ran against Hillary it would be viewed as a betral of his former boss.

Posted by: Peter Bultman | March 22, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

'So now clinton is the world's most loved man and gore is the world's most prophetic. '

Assclown? Classic!

BTW I think that Mr Gore will not run.. he is tired of washington

Posted by: Herbie The Rabbit | March 22, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

C. E. Dudley: I don't think you are racist or sexist to suggest that Hillary and Obama won't win the South. I don't believe that there is any Democratic candidate who can win the South.

I think the Democrats have to choose a candidate who can win without the South. That doesn't mean retreating to 300 electoral college votes; it means competing in Montana instead of Mississippi, Arizona instead of Alabama, and Colorado instead of the Carolinas.

I wouldn't advocate a long-term abandonment of the South, but for national politics in the next decade or so the Democrats need to plan on every single Southern state voting Republican.

Posted by: Chris M. | March 22, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

He'll run because it's his duty to run. He's the only real heavyweight the Dems have. The time is not right for Hillary or Obama and Gore is the only one with the experience and expertise to really make it a race, except maybe for Richardson. Anyway, I see it as his duty with all the life experiences he has had to run. I hope he sees it that way too. Natalie

Posted by: Natalie Cornell | March 22, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Al Gore will run. I fervently wish he would; but I don't think it will happen. The ferocity of the attacks about his power usage (forget that he uses green power, drives a hybrid, and is spending the money for solar power) are just a hint of what he'd face if he announced his candidacy. I just don't think he will put his family through that again.

Posted by: Skipper37919 | March 22, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"So while true environmentalists are driving a hybrid in the slow lane to perserve energy, Gore will blow right past you in the fast lane in his new SUV."

You might have been speaking metaphorically but just to let you know, Gore drives a hybrid. And he does care about this issue.

Posted by: Aussie view | March 22, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

He won't run in the primaries, but might be the nominee. With 60% of the delegates chosen on February 5th, and several serious candidates (C,O,E,R...), nobody will get more than 1/3 of the delegates, making it unlikely anyone will win a first ballot nomination. A brokered convention then turns to Gore.

Posted by: science | March 22, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

people that need to win are the American People...


if Barack or Hillary are running for themselves , ask them to run for the people..


that statement will changethe current reality...

Posted by: I think the | March 22, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

this is what I mean...

no way Hilary or Barack can win...


what the f*ck does that mean ? to mean it means that someone is trying to sell a position...

a position is not an assessment... and an assessment is simply a statement of the relationship of pertinent datum.


what is true today is immediately different if the perspective from which it is viewed is different...


people that sell you something based upon what they want , not what you need should be addressed as


thieves of attention... treat them as thieves...ignore them.

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Posted by: see | March 22, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Gore will run. Because there is no better platform from which to achieve his goals re climate change.
He is also smart enough to see that he does not need to run a conventional campaign, and shouldn't. He should skip all the attack ads and old style money-grubbing campaigning, be on the web and on TV with what the country needs: a grown up above the fray who can lead us back to sanity and rational government FOR THE PEOPLE. Campaign directly to the voters and their wallets. The global warming issue is too important to be left to politicians.

Posted by: Elizabeth | March 22, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

gore will run. the dems will have to offerit to him because this is no way Hilliary or Obmama can win. Being an almost life long democrat and southern I know what Ihear and we are are not ready for a black or woman. You can call me redneck racist or whatever, I know what I hear and what people are saying. People will not admit this to the press/pollsters for being afraid of being called a racist. Al gore had better run or the demos or in trouble, unless Edwards can pull it of.

Posted by: C E Dudley | March 22, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

as most people in the science community are aware , the ecosystem of the oceans are in need of addressement as well... something that can not be done from an _its_all_about_me_ perspective...

if people try to sell you , its all about me , slap them hard and say ...if you want to play that way _its_all_about_me_ and I will win... and do that...

then once you are in charge you can share.


but you have to be willing to kick the crap out of people that need that...


some people you dont get into fights with if you are not willing to take them out.


if some people like that are in your way , take them out...


.

Posted by: and | March 22, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

that included AL GORE BARACK OBAMA HILLARY CLINTON COLIN POWELL... and some other honest people that


can kick the sh*t out of evil...


I am personally tired of a country that has a democratic principle and form that actually serves a very small percentage of the people in the country...


and by serves I dont mean welfare I mean actually competes successfully with commercial service providers...


no engineer in the world would argue against addressing global warming as_if it were true


regardless of all the data agreeing , simply because addressing it in an ecologically sound way would address several problems simultaneously...

there can be no dispute that the population of the world is increasing at a rate that exceeds the ability of the land to feed people... arible land is the most important commodity in the world into the forseeable future... exceeding that of oil in importance for all time.


oil is a non renewable resource....it is going away , we need multiple replacements , and adequate thinking going into energy management as an ecologically sound addressment.


ecology , _here_ includes looking at ecology as: human , business , ecosystems , climates , government , enforcement , education , infrastructure and so on... down to communication and control of communication....

regarding arible land , the building of suburbia on farmland is reprehesible...

as is having cities as unsafe , uninviting , too expensive , environments..

multiple levels of addressement that a team of engineers on multiple continents could agree on EASILY


the fact that a bunch of stone age punks are trying to make it about dems and repunks is a crime inand of itself ...and in a truly modern society would be addressed as that...


crush them.

Posted by: I would compile a team | March 22, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I have been predicting he would run and get the Democratic nomination, but the last couple weeks I have had doubts because of the revelations of his own personal energy use being so large. It will be really easy for Gore to be portrayed as a hypocrite, who tells the average person that he or she has to cut back and sacrifice for the good of the world, while he and his elite friends do not sacrifice at all. Voters may hate hypocrisy more than anything else, and Gore may not want to have to defend himself from that charge. I still think he will run, but I am far less certain.

Posted by: Alan | March 22, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

While a lot of us believe that he "should" run, I don't believe he will put his hat in the ring this time around unless he can be convinced that he has a high success of winning and that the American people truly need someone with his experience and background to lead the nation. Mr. Gore has proven he can stand the test of time with what and how he believes; he has maintained his dignity, common sense and ideals, which would make him an excellent candidate to help restore dignity and balance back to the United States of America.

Posted by: Deb | March 22, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Gore will run, because he's the best candidate, and really - that's the only reason anyone should.

While Senators Obama, Clinton, and Edwards have tried to stake out different issues and are reaching for fundraising bases and campaign staff, their weaknesses are frightening for democrats like me. Their experience is incredibly thin either as elected officials or as high-profile candidates: (7 undistinguished years in senate for Hillary, 6 for Edwards, and 3 for Obama) and the one tough victory on even turf among them is Edwards' Senate victory in 1998.

Gore is battle tested and has staked out the right position on the war (by far the number one issue in 2008) and the environment.

It is absurd to suggest that he feels he's making so much of a difference as a environmental educator that he wouldn't want to be the leader of the free world or to try to make a difference there.
If Vice President Gore wants to change the world, and I believe he does, the Presidency is obviously the best place to do it.

Posted by: st paul sage | March 22, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"Green"case spouted:

> For the man who personally invented the Internet,"

Nope. Never said it. He said he was instrumental in aiding the government agency that started the forerunner of the internet, DARPA. Which is true. But it's much more fun to lie about what he said, isn't it.

> never exaggerated any claims about global warming (20 feet vs one foot is all the same)

Try reading more than the loaded headlines at your local conservative Global Warming Denial website. Have you actually seen the documentary? I mean, other than excerpts of it on FauxNews?

Posted by: Mark | March 22, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Gore will not run because he probably cannot win.

Gore has managed to achieve what most who run for office and lose have not, and that's remaining relevant. With an Oscar and a Nobel Prize nomination, Gore couldn't be more relevant in American politics and life right now.

If he runs, sure - he could win the nomination and then the presidency. But those are two big "ifs," and Gore knows it. If he DOESN'T win the nomination or the presidency itself, he ceases to be relevant. Suddenly, he's not a gifted man who keeps on reinventing himself, he's a guy who just can't take a hint.

By continuing with his new image - quasi-hip hot button issue advocate - Gore can keep pushing things that are important to him, like the climate crisis. If he runs and loses, he'll be finished. No one will care anymore. And that's a risk that a smart guy like Gore probably isn't willing to take.

Posted by: Corey P | March 22, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

There are so many reasons Gore won't be running - many of them expounded upon above. I haven't read all 120 comments, but the most compelling reason is the simplest and most profound one of all: he's HAPPY. The man has finally found himself in so many ways - why would he want to wreck that? Plus he can almost do more for the world (and solidify his "legacy" even without having a presidency) outside the Oval Office than he could within - and without going through all the dirty and energetically wasteful stuff he'd have to to win a primary and then an election.

He summed up the answer to Chris' question in a recent unrehearsed impromptu comment to an aide, in the midst of all this swiftboating-lite lately about his large house: "now why would I want to put up with all this kind of crap?".

I put very long odds on him running. And very short ones on him going down in history as more important than the next president. (It's only your global habitat he's concerned with kids, nothing important.)

Posted by: Mark | March 22, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Clinton / Gore 2008 is my dream ticket.

Posted by: Timothy McIntyre | March 22, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

MikeB said:

"lylepink - You are no different than the Bush partisans with your knee jerk responses to Ms. Clinton. Right now, we have a 5 trillion dollar trade decifit due entirely to the very trade and business policies advocated by Mr. Bush and Ms. Clinton. "

Um....MikeB? The trade deficit (or decifit) is a little under $60b/month, not $5 trillion...

Posted by: JD | March 22, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I could certainly teach him to be a mean , capable , do it my way or I will remove you from the cafeteria list of people that get fed , way...

I like teaching people how to get what they want out of life honestly , while destroying bullies along the way...


I enjoy hurting bad people... In the sense that first they have to feel _their_ pain , instead of mine ,


on the way to healing...


.let the healing begin.

Posted by: ps. | March 22, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

He won't run. As others have pointed out, he needs the electoral votes of the Great Lakes states which will be cool to his global warming concerns. He will also have to wait for either Obama or HRC to stumble. The public is familiar with him so he doesn't need 12 months of pre-primary campaigning, but he needs their money men/women.

But the real reason will be to protect his heartfelt cause and Oscar winning PowerPoint presentation. A general campaign would have his opponent's supporters Swift Boating it. Even if it was completely free of overstatements, by the end of a general campaign a significant minority (possibly a majority) of Americans would have hardened objections to nearly anything environmental. I don't think he wants that to happen.

Posted by: muD | March 22, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this against Senate ethics rules: Indian-American businessman Sant Chatwal, a New York hotel millionaire, was one of the co-chairs of Clinton's March 18 New York fundraiser. Chatwal has put his new $40 million Falcon business jet on Hillary's campaign duty and is planning a Bollywood-themed party later in August this year with a galaxy of top movie stars from Mumbai.

Posted by: GER | March 22, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I like Al Gore , what I dont like is his reluctance to stick it in and twist it when he is dealing with those of a nefarious nature...


There is no way to convince primitive , selfish mindsets...


One of the most common fallacies that a lot of nice , thoughtful , caring people have is that underneath of all exterior masks lurks a caring , thoughtful personnae... That is not the case.


If you cant take the bully out in the parking lot and kick the patooties out of him , you shouldnt be in the bar...


Hastert , Tom Delay... bullies that needed and still need their buts whipped. Whether it is in a court of law , a suit for financial redressment , accusation of violating oath of office...one must see the serpent within and pin its head or risk getting bit... And once the head is pinned , if it is a viper , cutting it off.


To attain the presidency and to not clear the area of common predators first is to spend your presidency putting out fires , with the fire starters fanning the flames...


Why should , or would anyone want to waste their presidency addressing non issues. ANYONE with a modicum of intelligence can see that the United States is in coup status , having been taken over from within. The fact that the country is being run for zionists/PNAC/JINSA/AEI and BIG OIL , and SAUDI ARABIA/UAE/KWIAT and war profiteers BLackWater/Bechtel/Halliburton/Carlyle Group.... and their friends James Baker III , Paul Wolfowitz , Richard Perle...


Is testiment to one thing , Washington INSIDERS DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR OWN DISHONESTY DESTROYING THE COUNTRY...


The complaints about Gore , Carter or Clinton are really about Washington OUTSIDERS interrupting the flow of graft...


That much is obvious. Washington DC is currently being run for the sake of the companies that operate here , not the country...


I personally could clean it up quite easily , by requiring that people compete for Federal Money , rather than lobbying or influence peddling... I would also require that all Congress People be clearable and get EBI's with POLY... just like any other Federal Employee that was working in a critical to National Security position...

AL GORE , is the real thing , honest to a T and capable....


To win agaisnt slime , he would have to acquire , either by hiring or training , the ability to act swiftly and punish if he needed to...


The YEAR is 2000 and bush won by electoral fraud , and by intimidating the vote counters in DADE COUNTY FLORIDA...

If that were me , I would have required the recount to complete and I would have filed suit against george w. bush for applying duress to a sensitive situation...

and I would have investigated the relationship between Katherine Harris and Jeb the thief Bush...

Jeb Bush, the president's brother. After graduating from The University of Texas, Jeb Bush served a short apprenticeship at the Venezuelan branch of Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas before settling in Miami, in 1980, to work on his father's unsuccessful primary bid against Ronald Reagan. Shortly after arriving in Miami, Jeb was hired by Cuban-American developer Armando Codina to work at his Miami development company as an agent leasing office space. A couple of years later, Jeb and Codina became business partners, and in 1985 they purchased an office building in a deal partly financed by a savings and loan that later failed.The $4.56 million loan, from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida, was granted in such a way that neither Codina's nor Bush's name appeared on the loan papers as the borrowers. A third man, J. Edward Houston, borrowed the $4.56 million from Broward and then re-lent it to the Bush partnership. When federal regulators closed Broward Savings in 1988, they found the loan, which had been secured by the Bush partnership, in default. As Jeb's father was finishing his second term as vice-president and running for the presidency, federal regulators had two options: to get Jeb Bush and his partner to repay the loan, or to foreclose on their office building. But regulators came up with a third solution. After reappraising the building, regulators decided it wasn't worth as much as was owed for it. The regulators reduced the amount owed by Bush and his partner from $4.56 million to just $500,000. The pair paid that amount and were allowed to keep their office building. Taxpayers picked up the tab for the unpaid $4 million.

Jeb Bush, also rigged an election that you may have heard about. Thousands of eligible voters were disallowed the right to vote in predominantly democratic regions. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state - Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both protégées of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 "ex-felons," who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls. (In the thirty-five states where former felons can vote, roughly 90 percent vote Democratic.) A company now owned by ChoicePoint of Atlanta, was paid $4.3 million for its work, replacing a firm that charged $5,700 per year for the same service.Two of these "scrub lists," as officials called them, were distributed to counties in the months before the election with orders to remove the voters named. Together the lists comprised nearly 1 percent of Florida?s electorate and nearly 3 percent of its African-American voters. Neither DBT nor the state conducted any further research to verify the matches. DBT, which frequently is hired by the F.B.I. to conduct manhunts, originally proposed using address histories and financial records to confirm the names, but the state declined the cross-checks.

Posted by: well , | March 22, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

A lot can happen between now and the convention. I suspect that Al Gore, at least right now, has no intention of running. I believe it was Chris Cillizza who correctly pointed out that his Environmental Position was basically too extreme for running for President. Whatever happens, he is in hard print and a documentary so he can not really modify those positions; it would have to be spin at the speed of light to circumvent those positions. The Republicans and conservative movement would crucify him in the election process. Other than you guys inside the Beltway, some in the Northeast and those rich Hollywood stars who flock around him, I don't think we would do as well as when he ran against Bush. Give him his status as a Front Man for the Environmental Movement, which he does very well, and leave him be. Other than his Environmental views, he offers very little than the older politics. Right now, the most enticing candidate the Democrats have who strikes a responsive chord with the general public is Obama. Gore basically is a representative of the old politics.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting how the conservative/NRC slime machine got new life when Al testified.

Those of us who take "fair and balanced" news reporting seriously follow the trash from Fox and the Drudge Report. The flat earth folks....oops...I mean anti-global warming folks were posted before Gore finished speaking.

What was astounding was the links that were posted on the USEPA's, yes our government agency, website information links. They took you to every quote and article of opponents to Global warming and proponents of the 'Blame it on the Sun' folks.

Maybe EPA will link us next week to the folks who continue to maintain that fundamental truth about the earth being the center of the solar system.

After all, they can't let a guy get a Nobel before he is elected unlike Jimmy Carter who got it after.

Oh I forgot. That can't happen. Al got elected president once already. Darned activist courts.

Maybe the conservatives should rail about that more!

Posted by: poor richard | March 22, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I think not. Al is making the biggest contribution to the US and the World that he can in his capacity of Father Earth.
The only exception would be if he is drafted at the convention and that is quite unlikely given the way modern conventions are managed. I'd love to see him re-elected President but don't think I'll have the chance to campaign for him.

Posted by: brooksbender | March 22, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It strikes me as why would Gore want to run? His issues will be much better served by staying out of the race and threatening to run if people ignore them. Agree or disagree with his views he has shown the ability to put his self interests aside and do business of the country. He caused very little fuss and mayhem compared to what he could have over the 2000 election and stoically presided over his own defeat as president pro tem. I never thought Gore had it in him tell then. Who in this current administration has the inner strength and selfcommand to perform the similar duty ?

Posted by: djn | March 22, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

According to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., their measure ensures our troops "won't have the equipment" and "won't be able to do the work" necessary to defeat our enemies.

And Democratic leaders have actually boasted about saddling pork on the backs of our troops. They've loaded up more than $20 billion in unrelated spending that has nothing to do with winning the war on terror: $25 million for spinach growers, $50 million for a power plant, $5 million for tropical fish, and more.

"[I]t's pork and retreat. That's what this bill is, an amazing combination - irresponsible on national security, irresponsible on spending."

go future speaker John.

http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/JohnBoehner/2007/03/22/democrats_iraq_plan_is_irresponsible_on_national_security_and_spending

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he will run. I don't think he is ready at this point in his life to make the sacrifices (both moral and physical) to be president. He is not slippery enough to do the "new Nixon" thing and carry it off against a weak opponent. I'm not a particular Gore admirer but he has made a lot of his political retirement and is making a good living indulging in his passion, why would he give it up

Posted by: Chet | March 22, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Gore will not run. There may be left over issues from IMF loans to Russia and USAO Mass investigation from 1997 to 2005. These relate to whether Russia had kompromate files on the Harvard and MIT economics department that they may have tried to use as leverage over profs at IMF and US Treasury who controlled loans to Russia.

Harvard and Clinton profs may have concealed this from USAO Mass investigation. Gore was close to one of these profs, Larry Summers. It is possible that this was used during Bush v. Gore to make Gore give up and go away. This is all speculation.

Posted by: Old Atlantic | March 22, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

gore should run if for no other reason than to get rid of his bloated look--his appetite hasn't diminished--the stress of his global warming has kept his stove on high heat--

Posted by: emma | March 22, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing republicans love better than a good 'religious' con artist...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Because the Reverend Moon doesn't have an agenda, does he? He doesn't pay taxes, you know that? He owns oil companies, you know that? He calls himself the Messiah, you know that?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Ohh, yes, the Moonie Times. Sure, they're credible. Just keep telling yourself that, Moonbat Boy.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs' vast network of 1,400 health clinics and hospitals is beset by maintenance problems such as mold, leaking roofs and even a colony of bats, an internal review says.

The investigation, ordered two weeks ago by VA Secretary Jim Nicholson, is the first major review of the facilities conducted since the disclosure of squalid conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Democrats newly in charge of Congress called the report the latest evidence of an outdated system unable to handle a coming influx of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Investigators earlier this month found that the VA's system for handling disability claims was strained to its limit.

"Who's been minding the store?" said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "They keep putting Band-Aids on problems, when what the agency needs is major triage."

Well, the money for tax cuts for billionaires had to come from somewhere, didn't it?

Posted by: 'supoorting the troops' | March 22, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Gore won't run. Yesterday he endorsed a pretty radical concept: eliminating "employment tax" and replacing it with carbon tax (in a way that is revenue-neutral). While I support this idea, I think it would be too difficult a position for a presidential candidate to defend.

Posted by: sblackstock | March 22, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Dems spending approximately $150 billion more than the president over the next five years...Democrats' budget will result in a $900 billion tax increase over the next five years, the largest tax increase in U.S. history...Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will be facing bankruptcy...leaving all three of these programs moving swiftly toward bankruptcy...Democrats talked a lot about their commitment to fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget, but the facts of their budget proposal demonstrate that they're still committed to the same old tax-and-spend policies. The Democrats' proposal uses deceptive budget gimmicks to disguise the fact that they can't pay for their spending increases without levying the largest tax increase in our history. "

Ouch, so much for campaign promises. that didn't take long.

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20070321-091127-9493r.htm

the Democratic party - for when you just want to have a good time.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

oops, got fooled by the evil media. Edwards is still going to run. I don't know how people even live under pressure like that.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

'I suppose he will be happy about the private health care his money can buy. the rest of you can wait in line at government run clinics.'

that's better than no health care at all, isn't it?

what an irrelevancy you are, what a monumentally selfish, nonentity, nothing, nobody, zero.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that Gore has any intent to run at the moment. However, this could set up very nicely for him as Hillary, Obama and Edwards clobber each other over the next six months.

Gore's appeal is enhanced by his current posture of being above the fray and of putting the public interest above politics. Although I wouldn't want assign probabilities to it, I could actually see a Draft Gore movement catching on by about November/December.

Posted by: the professor | March 22, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly," Edwards told reporters, his wife by his side.

Well, which is it? how will we be able to tell when he gives up?

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore will not run for president. He is the leading spokesman for, as Gore phrases it, the most serious crisis we have ever faced. Why would he dilute his message on global warming by running for president? Al Gore has changed the debate on global warming and I believe his intent is to change policy. Changing policy on global warming would be his most important contribution to society. My hope is that he'll continue to fight for future generations of citizens who will have to suffer the effects of environmental changes.

Posted by: Larry S. | March 22, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

edwards is out - you mean he was in at some point. Says who? I wish him the best in retirement and health care, he really had no business trying to be president.
I suppose he will be happy about the private health care his money can buy. the rest of you can wait in line at government run clinics.
My best to his wife and kids.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

In Jan '06 I predicted Al Gore will be the "Dark Horse" for '08. He is just fulfilling that role.

He IS running, but being too coy by half.
His plan right now is to wait since it is way too early to be spending all that money. Look at all the free publicity he is getting.

He also could be playing the longest of long shots. Let the party split 4-5 different ways on the first ballot in Denver. Who can unite the party and take the nomination on the 2nd ballot? ONLY Al Gore. A political junkie's dream? Of course, but this is a very unusual election, so, why not?

Posted by: Peter L.Sun City Roseville, CA | March 22, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

On their first day in the majority in January, Democrats amended the House rules to mandate that a vote "shall not be held open for the sole purpose of reversing the outcome of such vote."


BUT


Now in the majority and facing their first close vote with the $124 billion wartime spending bill, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) is leaving open the possibility that Democrats might extend the vote beyond the usual 15 minutes.

So principled, unless there is money involved, or the weather is bad, or you really want to win this time or....


Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Will Al Gore run? I think it depends on whether or not someone can convince him that the country desperately needs his service. I think he's too smart to run for the ego stroke, and too comfortable with his lifestyle to run for the power. That being said, if someone can convince him that the country, and by extension the world, needs a person of his intellect and experience to guide us not only through this environmental nightmare, but also the diplomatic nightmare created by the Bush Administration, then I think it's entirely possible that he will run. Remember, he comes from a political, service oriented family, and I'm sure he feels a sense of responsibility. I'm one of those who truly hopes that someone can convince him of the need of the country for his service.

Posted by: Gregg Greene | March 22, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

It makes no sense for Gore to run, unless he's reasonably sure of getting the nomination. As The Fix outlined, there's nothing in it for him otherwise, not even a national pulpit (he already has one).
But this pre-pre-mature campaign season may very likely result in public ennui toward all candidates now in the race by the end of the year. If that occurs, it would be an ideal time for Gore (and Chuck Hagel/Newt Gingrich?) to ride to the rescue of their party's morale.

Posted by: Judgito | March 22, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Okay, like I said, Edwards is out. Poor Elizabeth... and their kids. Pray for them all, people, to whatever you believe in. You can't imagine what a cancere currence is like to a couple with young children. So much worse than the original finding. It means it's relentless, aggresive, it's after you.

I hope now that people will stop all their juvenile and mean-spirited attacks against them.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse


From the McCain Memo

You have to fool the "nutters" in the primary. Just as Bush fooled moderates in the general election with "a compassionate conservatism" that soon wasn't, you have to come across as a passionate conservative on social issues--from abortion to stem cell research to prayer in school and gay marriage.

Nice shift already on the last of these--when you moved from opposing a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to allowing that you might support the amendment if more states actually allow gays to get married. It doesn't matter what you really think; just keep humming "Hail to the Chief." This means that most of the time, when you come to a fork in the road, the "Straight Talk Express" has to turn right.

Being seen with Jerry Falwell may hurt you some in the polls; but as you learned in 2000, when Bush ground you down after you won in New Hampshire, institutional forces matter more in the fight for the Republican nomination. In South Carolina, the killer primary last time, you not only have Senator Lindsay Graham supporting you again, but a lot of the hard conservatives who supported Bush the last time you ran.

You may think they're mindless, but keep asking them what they think. You showed fortitude when you enlisted the support of the Wyly brothers, who paid for ads smearing you in 2000 and the Swift Boat ads smearing Kerry in 2004. It doesn't matter that you had to return their money because they're caught up in a financial scandal. Just keep swallowing hard and scooping up as much support as possible from the religious right and the Bushies. (Have you thought of asking Jerry Falwell--privately of course--to pray at your Inauguration?)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The disclosure of the e-mails establishing Rove's centrality suggests not only the political chain of command but also the hierarchy of coverup. Bush protects Gonzales in order to protect those who gave Gonzales his marching orders -- Rove and Bush himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

MikeB: Someone posted the other day, wondering what you were smoking, and I will not go that route. The only I can say is, I hope you will get over this hate you have for Hillary. I'll pray for you.

Posted by: lylepink | March 22, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

At the very end of the Plame hearing last Friday, Henry Waxman suggested to Victoria Toensing that she had not been entirely accurate in her testimony.

'Waxman: Ms. Toensing, I just only can say that we are pleased to accommodate the request of the Minority to have you as a witness and some of the statements you've made without any doubt and with great authority I understand may not be accurate so we're going to check the information and we're going to hold the record open to put in other things that might contradict some of what you had to say. (At 4:02:13 on CSPAN)

All of a sudden Toensing's face collapsed with the realization that her blatherings might have overstepped a legal line.'

Posted by: WaPo editors --Toensing is a congenital liar | March 22, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Voices From Iraq: After 4 Years of War, Poll Finds Waning Hope, Devastated Landscape, Uncertain Future

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

What makes Gore look so good now is that he's NOT running. He's blithe and confident, saying what he wants about what he believes. He's what my dad would call "fat and sassy," knowing that his life is comfortable--and that would all change if he ran for President. Widespread respect on his favorite topic (global warming) would turn in large part to suspicion and doubt. He would be forced to "turn ugly," criticizing other candidates and talking about issues that aren't so clear-cut (to him and the Democratic electorate) as the environment. And his popularity would drop instantaneously.

Posted by: Iva Norma Stitts | March 22, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the math of a Gore candidacy rests on the risk of losing. Given the current packed field, he will not run. If we look at it from the perspective of losing, two things jump to mind. First, I don't know if is ego (in a non-pejorative sense) could handle such an undignified step backwards after 'winning' all the marbles in 2000. Second, I think Gore knows that if he loses, so goes the global warming message, however temporary. The bloviating media hyperbole would be overwhelming. Also, imagine that after having invested so much of oneself to a specific cause, and then to wake up after a Super-tuesday loss and realize you were personally complicit in its setback. No way. In the end, he runs if the risk of loss are so low that he doesn't jeopardize the cause. And this is only after a late-summer or fall Clinton/Obama meltdown.

Posted by: smikulen | March 22, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, Sternberg, Bush wasn't the most hated man in America in 2000. We didn't know him yet. He may have been the most hated man in Texas, but the press didn't bother to let us know much about Bush before the election, did they? They were too busy trashing Al Gore and making up sh*t about him. {Oh, and by the way, he won the most votes, remember?]

CC, you DC press hacks are the reason we're so screwed in every way now -- you have only yourself to blame.

We deserve better. We deserve a better press and a better president. And we won't get one without the other.

You've all turned into an army of Drudges; an army of zombies, constantly referencing only each other and your navels.

I don't blame Gore for not running -- I don't know why any sane person would subject themselves to the juvenality and venom of both the press and the public.

Unless you'e a republican, of course, and then you get your boots licked. No mmatter how big a scumbag you are -- look at Newt. What a revolting spectacle.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

rotten foundation of our economy is exiting. The international bond market switched from the dollar to the Euro last year. Now, there is a move to peg the price of oil to the dollar.

MikeB, you don't seem to understand even the most fundamental economics. what do you think you mean by stating the bond market switched from dollars to euros? this is meaningless. the dollar and euro trade and the bond market is not based on one or the other. the price of oil will never be pegged to the dollar - how would you raise prices based on anything? Or lower them? the rotten foundation of our economy - you mean the one that everyone in the world is investing in to save their money. I guess all those investors don't think it is so rotten.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

'the War' -- there is no 'War'. there is an occupation of a country that has a lot of oil, and a great deal of taxpaye rmoney going into the pockets of well-connected republican contractors and contributors.

anyone who believes anything else, after all that has happened, has the mind of a very simple child.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Gore couldn't win against the most hated man in America in 2000. The only difference now, is that he is pushing the same Kyoto protocol, and making Million$ doing so, that he really didn't put much effort into when he was President of the Senate.

Posted by: Sternberg | March 22, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

lylepink - You are no different than the Bush partisans with your knee jerk responses to Ms. Clinton. Right now, we have a 5 trillion dollar trade decifit due entirely to the very trade and business policies advocated by Mr. Bush and Ms. Clinton. We have outsourced *all* of our most critical technology and most of our living wage jobs. We are, officially bankrupt and the foreign capital that underpins the rotten foundation of our economy is exiting. The international bond market switched from the dollar to the Euro last year. Now, there is a move to peg the price of oil to the dollar. Once that get well and trelu underway, expect our economy to simpoy collapse. Now Hillary Clinton is and always has been one of THE candidates of the multinational corporations that drive this stinking mess - Federal Express, Halliburton, Dell, etc. The damage being done right now, and the potential to completely destroy this country so great, by these parasites that I oppose anyone they support...and the single largest recipient of their money is Hillary Clinton. You cannot afford to blindly follow this evil and despicable Cowbird of a candidate. No one can. I do expect that there are enough brain dead femist fanatics out there that will be deluded in voting for her, but I always hoped that people in forums like this were a bit better than the mindless mob.

Posted by: MikeB | March 22, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The Flying Spaghetti Monster controls the weather, you fools. It says so in the Flying Spghetti Monster Manifesto. Therefore it must be true.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

reason, you don't have any. Change your name to illogic or gullible.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Reason, thanks for that long post about your personal views on the Bible. It was fascinating. Not because of the actual content, but because of the idea that someone who calls himself "reason" cites Genesis as history.

Now that Sunday School is over, maybe you can tell me why you think Gore is dishonest about global warming.

Posted by: Blarg | March 22, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Blarg

Do you honestly believe Gore believes Global warming is caused by human activity? Do you, yourself, believe it? I don't!

Now, do I believe in global warming? Yes, I do. Do I believe in global cooling? Yes, I do. I believe that the Earth heats and cools on a cyclical pattern. That pattern isn't for us to create or fix. That cyclical pattern is nature guided by the Lord God. I understand liberalism teaches that all things are created and guided by us humans. What arrogance! We as human beings have not and will not control nature, God does. History tells us the Earth has warmed up and cooled down. It's warming up now, it'll cool down, maybe not in our lifetime, but in the future. Genesis tells us that the Earth was destroyed via flood and Noah and his family was saved from it. The Bible also tells us that the whole Earth will never be cleansed via flood again. Many argue that the ice capsules will melt and a flood will again be the death of us all. The Bible says it's happened once and God won't end life that way again. That's what I believe. The Bible never says things such as Tsunamie's, hurricanes and other natural disaster's won't happen, it merely says a flood won't destroy the whole Earth again. I believe this is true. I also believe we don't, can't and won't be able to control nature whether we sacrifice our economy to do so or not.

Posted by: reason | March 22, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Sure, he'll run. Hubris knows no party, and he truly believes the Presidency was his destiny. He'll leap at any chance to realize his destiny, regardless of the effect on his income.

Posted by: DCer | March 22, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

President Bush's request for $103 billion to fund the Global War on Terror and hurricane relief efforts has ballooned into a $124 billion measure stuffed full of pork! Much of the additional $21 billion is aimed at projects that have nothing to do with the War or hurricane relief, such $283 million for the Milk Income Loss Contract program, $74 million for peanut storage costs, $60.4 million for salmon fisheries, $50 million for asbestos mitigation at the U.S. Capitol Plant, and $25 million for spinach growers.

the party of fiscal responsibility - ha ha, the party of support the troops - rolicking.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Gore will run. Right now he is getting all kinds of free media and is tied for 3rd in the Democratic Party polls without running.I hope Elizabeth Edwards' health is OK but if John Edwards withdraws because of her health the pressure on Gore would be greater than ever and Gore would be able to "inherit" Edwards' organization in the first caucus and primary states. Even if Edwards stays in the race Gore could still get in after everyone realizes that he is the only one who will not have a learning curve and is now comfortable in his own skin. I think as time goes on voters and Gore himself will not be able to ignore the fact that he is the best qualified and most likely to do the best job as POTUS. Gore will not be able to resist the call to serve his country in a time of its greatest need since WWII.

Posted by: Nashville | March 22, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I think there is very little chance that Gore will run. But that may be the best way to become the candidate.

In the next year, the declared candidates will be beating up each other and staking out positions on issues that will solidify some votes while losing others. By staying above the fray, he only enhances his image, while he can continue to preach his message on global warming.

After the last 6-plus years, I doubt he or his family would want to return to the campaigning mode. And with more primaries moving earlier next year, an awful lot of delegates will already be committed.

Posted by: pacman | March 22, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

If Edwards announces that he's out of the race 30 minutes from now because of his wife's cancer, then everybody needs to start from scratch here. That would be a pretty big hole in the line-up of candidates that could encourage all sorts of people from the left wing of the party to reconsider getting into it.

Posted by: Jackson Landers | March 22, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't see why he'd want to put up with the media carrying the right wing water, and smearing him again. From the knuckle draggers shouting "Ozone Man" to the Swift Boat style fraggers yelling "but he exaggerates".

Al's doing fine right now. We missed the opportunity to have a President with a functional brain in 2000, and I don't see the American people being anymore willing to relinquish their desire to elect someone who sounds like a guy at the bar today.

Posted by: Dick Tuck | March 22, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

He will run. He knows that Hillary and Obama cannot win a general election. Simple as that.

Posted by: The Governor | March 22, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

'So now clinton is the world's most loved man and gore is the world's most prophetic. '

hey, you're right about something for once, assclown.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The question about Gore is not a question. Al Gore has stated many times that he has no intention to run. This is but another ploy to try and distract folks from Hillary, and as you all know, I firmly believe she will win in 08. The "Fear Factor" is alive and working hard to get this "Fear" of losing well in place. The only thing wrong with it is some of the wiser folks are putting these "Fears" to rest. Go Hillary.

Posted by: lylepink | March 22, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

So now clinton is the world's most loved man and gore is the world's most prophetic. Make that pathetic.

"No congressman, I will not stop to take a breath or answer the question."

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 22, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"Unless he truly believes what he's saying and cares about global warming deeply, and I doubt he does..."

And what's that doubt based on? Gore was writing about global warming 15 years ago. He held the first hearings on the issue in Congress years before that. Why would Gore spend so many years of his life raising the profile of an obscure environmental issue if he doesn't actually care what he's saying?

Let me guess: You're going to say it's about the money. Because, as we all know, environmental activists rake in the big bucks. If Gore just wanted money, he could pick any number of issues supported by major industry groups. I'm sure the oil companies would pay him a huge sum to turn around and criticize global warming. If he's all about the money, why doesn't Gore take them up on that offer?

Posted by: Blarg | March 22, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

If the report is true, that's really a bummer about Elizabeth Edwards. I wish her and her family well.

If Edwards calls it quits, Gore will run imo. He'd get the nomination no problem...he's way more popular now than any other lib.

I wonder if Obama would accept the VP slot given his ego, I mean audacity...Gore/Obama would be a formidable ticket.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | March 22, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

lylepink - This is an answer to an answer to a post on another forum....but you get the idea. I've pretty much stated outright that I cannot stomache anytheing the Republican's have to offer, but I consider Hillary to be a epublican. Do a little research! She is pro-outsourcing and pro-H1B visa and pto free trade. Indeed, MOST of her campaign funds come from the big corporations and firms that have foisted this one us. When older Amercian workers, that being family men and women over the age of 40, are laid off at a record pace qand replaced with H1B immigrants, when 9 out of every 10 new engineering jobs goes to an H1B immigrant, something is very very wrong. Now, I think Iraq and our policy there is a mess, it is immoral, it is stupid, and the "Bushies" out to be tried and imprsoned for it, but we can, as a nation, survive all of that. We cannot, hoever, survive "free trade". It has created the enormous debts we see now, been responsible for the loss of millons of jobs, transferred our most critical technology out of this country, and simply wrecked our ability to survive. Hillary is so much in the pocket of the swine who only see their next dividend check that she is in their pocket. THAT is why I loqthe Hillaru Clinton and THAT is why I am going around posting about her. Many of the hacks that support Hillary are femiinst fanatics, no different and sometimes even worse than the Fundimentalist whack jobs that inflicted Bush on us. So Hillary has thrown them a bone and like a pack of rabid dogs, they go barking and chasing after anyone who would deem to criticize her. So, instead of addressing the fact that Hillary Clinton is completely unelectable, they accuse anyone critical of her as being a woman hater, or some sort of Neanderthal. I suppose the old phrase "If you lie down with dogs, you're gonna wake with fleas" was never more true than with the fans of people like Hillary and Ginrich and McCain and Brownback and Romney. There really isn't a nickels worth of difference between them and it's time people started to recognize that.

Posted by: MikeB | March 22, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Gore will run. His return to electoral politics would be treated as a triumphant homecoming because his signature issue has crystallized into a legitimate public concern and he has found his stride in terms of communication skills. Running for president would thus be personally gratifying in addition to being the best way to advance his sincere desire for environmental change.

Posted by: CJVA | March 22, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Gore is very unlikely to run. Why run for President and have to actually deal with America's problems while he can criticize others for doing a bad job while making millions in the private sector? Taking a look at where he's at in life, it would only complicate his life to run. Unless he truly believes what he's saying and cares about global warming deeply, and I doubt he does, he will continue to make millions on people who do care about it. So while true environmentalists are driving a hybrid in the slow lane to perserve energy, Gore will blow right past you in the fast lane in his new SUV.

Posted by: reason | March 22, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think he'll run. I think he's waiting for Sens. Clinton and Obama to wear out their welcomes, which they seem to be doing at a rapid pace. Most political types speculate that he'll make his move in the fall. It could very well be that people will be so sick of Clinton and Obama they'll be clamoring for him to get in even more than they (including me) are already doing.

Posted by: John | March 22, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Holy Christ, people, wake up. This is what we have to fear the most. The Mushareff government is failing, his replacement will NOT be a US ally - and now they're launching nuclear missiles?

HELLO -- is anyone in the WH or the State Department awake? This is a CLEAR THREAT to us. These are REAL weapons of mass destruction from a failing state that is the biggest incubator of terrorism in the world. HELLO?

'ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Mar 22, 2007 (AP)-- Pakistan on Thursday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile with the capability to avoid radar detection, the military said.

The missile, named Babur or Hatf VII, has a range of 434 miles and is capable of carrying various types of warheads, including nuclear, the military-run Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate said.'

Posted by: Cassandra | March 22, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

'BAGHDAD Mar 22, 2007 (AP)-- The government has been indirectly talking to several Sunni insurgent groups over the past three months in a bid to persuade them to lay down their arms and join the political process, a senior government official said Thursday.'

I wonder what will happen when the Iraqi gov't asks us to leave?Bush has no intention of doing so, 14 US bases are under construction to protect the global oil companies [hint: biggest one is exxon mobil] who just got their 30 years extraction contract with the iraqi gov't. We won't be leaving Iraq anytime soon.

Posted by: Cassandra | March 22, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you break the military, when you enable a culture of corruption and lack of accountability:

'WASHINGTON Mar 21, 2007 (AP)-- Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by about 24 percent last year and more than twice as many offenders were punished. There were nearly 3,000 sexual assault reports filed in 2006, compared with almost 2,400 the previous year, a Pentagon report said Wednesday. Action was taken against 780 people, from courts-martial and discharges to other administrative remedies.'

Posted by: Rumsfeld's legacy | March 22, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

'FBI issues new rules for gathering phone records. Emergency requests for phone records can be made orally, without paper trail.'

I love this. There is an outcry over FBI abuse of rules, so the FBI just gets rid of the rules. No problem!

Posted by: Cassandra | March 22, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Visiting with friends who are nominal moderate Republicans and who voted for Kerry (SF Bay Area), I mentioned the even numbers for Hillary and Obama in the polls, and they both said, unprompted, during two separate visits, "I wish Al Gore would run again." I think that if the Democrats and Gore thought that he could succeed and that the current candidates could not draw independent and weak GOP voters, it would be a good case for running. Only prohibition -- could Tipper and family go through that again.
Gore is now highly respected among most Americans, won the popular vote once, and has not been part of the political fray for six-plus years. Maybe it would be much like Eisenhower running in 1952.

Posted by: Linda Stanley | March 22, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

No he won't run. Being President would be a smaller job than the one he has now--World Environmental Leader.

Posted by: windserf | March 22, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Gore will run because he's already won the Presidency once, and he's more likely to beat any Repellican than Hillary.

Posted by: JTSpangler | March 22, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

'President Bush and Karl Rove near Kansas City today. From the Kansas City Star:

... Besides his considerable security contingent, the chief executive was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Press Secretary Tony Snow.

A reporter approached Rove to ask him what he thought of rumors that former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth could replace embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "How about you go over there and do your job," Rove replied, pointed back to the media pool.'

Posted by: Rove getting testy now | March 22, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Except it's Tipper, not Tippy.

Posted by: b | March 22, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Gore 2012

Posted by: BF | March 22, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

ummm, no. his natural supporters for the most part have already signed on to other campaigns and the only reason he is mildly evasive ("has no plan to run") ensures that the washington press pay attention to him enough to help get his message out about glodal warming.

Posted by: JOToole | March 22, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

do i wish he would run -- yes. it would be nice to have a president that thinks, especially before opening his mouth.

do i think he will run -- probably not. as he has said: "There are many ways to serve."

i predict he will remember the way he was treated by the media in his previous campaigns and opt out.

Posted by: b | March 22, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey look at this -- Abramoff has given more info in a 'far-reaching public corruption probe'. Wonder which R politicians will get caught in the net next? And wonder if the prosecutors in the case will get fired too?

'Former Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, sentenced to almost six years in prison for his fraudulent purchase of a South Florida gambling fleet, can receive a reduced sentence if he continues to assist prosecutors in a far-reaching Washington public corruption probe, federal officials said Wednesday.'

Posted by: susieQ | March 22, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I think he won't. Maybe he'll do so in 2012, and during the time he'll accumulate as much political capital as he can. Besides, he needs another battle horse other than his environment speech. You know, we all know now it's important to take care of the environment and stuff, but that won't give you the necessary to become President. It's a similar deal with Guliani, but we're not talking about him right now.

Another thing is that the Democrats have enough runners for this campaign, good ones as a matter of fact, either in political ability or in media capability. What the Democrats need the less is another very good candidate.

If done right, precisely, and carefuly, without over-exposing, Gore would have all the chances for 2012, depending also on the fact the, if elected, the Democrats take a good government out of their 2009-13 period.

(That, and the fact that it would be funny to have a First Lady called 'Tippy')

Posted by: ericjms | March 22, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

He will run :

- His numbers are higher than some of those who already are in the race
- He's got more experience than all the other candidates
- He's known and appreciated all around the world, and America really needs a leader who can be respected by his allies
- He can be seen as a pop star, especially by the youth (don't forget the "live earth' to come.
- Hillary and Obama, while attacking each other, will get weaker and weaker in the months to come. There's a long way to go until the primaries and, in the next few months, the public will be longing for a new face in the campaign. This could be perfect for a dark horse to come.
- He can raise money without any problem so he doesn't have to run so early.
- If he definitely didn't want to run, he would have said it. Saying that you don't plan to run in 2008 is not binding.

Posted by: Pierre | March 22, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Gore will run.

As the campaign drags on and the top tier candidates embarass themselves more and more, I belive he'll feel obliged to run. Obama is woefully inexperienced and Clinton is just as polarizing as President Bush. We're twenty months out and their campaigns are already savaging each other publicly and from the shadows. Another six months of this and the Democratic voters will be begging Gore to run and lift our party out of the muck. The Vice President is too much of a public servant to ignore the need for him and stay on the sidelines.

Posted by: JJ | March 22, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

No - he's not stupid. He knows you do not win by preaching death and destruction. How do you run against "the audacity of hope" by gloomily portenting the planet's doom? He also knows that the policies necessary to reverse global warming are going to hurt workers in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. Gore's testimony yesterday suggests a man who is not going to compromise his idea for political expediency.

Posted by: JG | March 22, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

If you understood how many taxpayer billions are disappearing into no-bid black hole 'defense' contracts, and the cozy relationships between certain members of congress, the FBI and the CIA, you would understand what the prosecutor scandal is all about.

It's the coverup of biggest raid on the Treasury in the history of the country. All of our resources -- our ports, our transportation systems, our infrastructure, our parklands, our minerals, our most important buildings and landmarks -- have been sold to foreign entities. Our military has been privatized and is rife with corrupt and incompetent mercenariies.

We are weakened, unprotected and terribly indebted.. We are deeply damaged and perhaps beyond repair -- New Orleans is our poster child.

I doubt if anyone can save us from ruin now, but Gore is the best bet.

Posted by: Cassandra | March 22, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I beleive Al Gore will decide who runs for President. He was the first to see global warming as the perfect global crisis from a political standpoint . If the weather warms as has been the trend, Mr. Gore wins, If the weather cools,Mr. Gore wins claiming that it is a side effect of global warming or as a result of the implementation of this policies. Any group that might dispute his claims is easily dismissed as a special interest group working for industry, a wink a nod.
I think he is a master politician.

Posted by: Slimmer | March 22, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Gore won't run. He'smaking too much money, andhedoesnt have to want to deal with not only a tough primary but also a tough general election. Plus, he's waited so long it would make it difficult to start now. Plus, a loss or tough win would be embarrassing. Hillary is just using the rumor so that Obama will be overshadowed.

Posted by: Justin Perez | March 22, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

This Gibbons is the same guy who tried to rape a cocktail waitress in a parking garage during the campagn -- and repuglicans still elected him:

'A federal judge's ruling Monday has brought into clear relief a question of importance to Nevada: Did Gov. Jim Gibbons, while serving in the U.S. Congress, influence the Justice Department - directly or through intermediaries - to intervene in a civil dispute on behalf of his friend Warren Trepp?

The question arises because a federal judge has ruled that the government acted unlawfully when FBI agents searched the home and storage locker of Dennis Montgomery, who is in a dispute with Trepp over valuable military technology.

According to Judge Phillip Pro's ruling, the government never should have intervened in the dispute between Trepp and Montgomery.

So why did it?

In the Montgomery narrative, Trepp bought political muscle by paying off Gibbons with campaign contributions, cash and gifts. Gibbons then used his contacts with the Air Force and the Justice Department to pressure them to intervene in the civil dispute.

The FBI is investigating Gibbons, examining his relationship with Trepp, for whose Reno company, eTreppid Technologies, he helped secure valuable defense contracts.'

Posted by: more republican corruption | March 22, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

He won't run, because he isn't an idiot.

The instant he announces a run, the Post will drag out Ceci "I fake up quotes" Connelly, and the AP will drag out Sanndra "I do what Ceci does" Sobiraj, and the same stupidity of dishonest and faked "journalism" will start all over again.

Once again Chris, as of your vapid major journalists will start with the insipid "earth tones" coverage, and start knifing Gore every chance you get for stupid and trivial garbage. To quote one of the modern "top journalists", Margaret Carlson from an Imus interview...

"Sure we could dig through the weeds and catch the Bush campaign in lies about policy. That's arguably more important and impacts more people...but it's a lot of work. Catching Gore on a mistatement is easy and fun!"

Why in the world would he want to deal with all of you incompetent, vapid, and useless fools (journalists)?

Posted by: John | March 22, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

'And the White House, instead of trying to restore some proportion, has picked a fight over a transcript. The president says he will allow White House staff to appear before Congress, but not in public, not under oath and not with a transcript. The president apparently expects his supporters to rally behind the sacred cause of No Transcript. In time of war, he's decided to expend political capital so that his staffers can lie to Congress without legal consequences. ...'

Posted by: Et tu, David Brooks? | March 22, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I sure wish he'd run. He has experience that Hilary does not. The New Al Gore is passionate on his issues, sharp tongued/witty, and undesperate to be President. If Repubs want to call him the "inventor of the internet" or "Al bore" then will get a clever retort or one-liner from "the man who used to be the next president of the United States." I believe many, many people now wish he were currently the president and, consequently, view him as a capable attractive candidate.

Posted by: WestTexan | March 22, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know how Adam Putnam became the 3rd ranking Republican in the House?

Posted by: Nor'Easter | March 22, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this precious?

'then columnist Tony Snow, circa 1998, as recounted by the Chicago Tribune:

"What kinds of conversations does executive privilege protect?...What are the limits on privilege?'' a newspaper columnist wrote in the spring of 1998 on a subject strangely familiar today.

"Evidently, Mr. Clinton wants to shield virtually any communications that take place within the White House compound on the theory that all such talk contributes in some way, shape or form to the continuing success and harmony of an administration,'' the columnist wrote. "Taken to its logical extreme, that position would make it impossible for citizens to hold a chief executive accountable for anything.''

Posted by: hypcrisy? you decide | March 22, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

As others (notably Thompson) have pointed out, it's a flawed question. I don't know if Gore will run. I don't have any insider information. I know I'd like him to run. I know he'd make a great candidate and a great president. But if you want to know if Gore WILL run, I'm the wrong guy to ask.

Posted by: Blarg | March 22, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Today, Gore doesn't run.

Tomorrow, who knows?

Still nine months to go!

Posted by: Nor'Easter | March 22, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

For the man who personally invented the Internet, by his own admission, and never exaggerated any claims about global warming (20 feet vs one foot is all the same), certainly he will run for President so that everyone but himself will be legislated to ride a bike to work and reduce their carbon footprint! The Conservative Press could label his run - The Chicken Little Campaign. The Dems keep pushing massive over-development in the DC region yet never mention the prerequisite plowing down of forests for that development or the mass pullutiion of local water suppiles owing to their pro over-development strategies. With backers like those, Chicken Little has a credibility gap.

Posted by: Greencase | March 22, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

a) Think he'd like to be President.
b) Don't think that it's keeping him up nights. He'd be happy without it.
c) I think Mrs. Gore can live without being first lady & is happy with their current life.
d) I think he listens to Mrs. Gore before he listens to us.
e) Notwithstanding above, if runs, he should announce late, not now, & keep lecturing. If most of the primaries are on Feb 5, what happens in Iowa & NH two weeks before and all the $$ that Clinton & Obama raise and spend is utterly irrelevant to his chances. Spending time in coffee shops in Manchester would not only be nonproductive, it would be counterproductive.
f) Anyone know when the deadline to file for the California & NH primaries are? If he can file for Cal. after the deadline for printing ballots closes for NH, it would work out better for him, particularly if NH automatically puts candidates on the ballot? Better off not being candidate & not being on the ballot so he doesn't have to put himself through the NH electorate's insistence on trial by ordeal.

Posted by: Aspen Hill | March 22, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Like so many others in the media Chris you want instant black or white answers. The truth is probably dependent--like the truth about the new Iraq policy--on what things look like on the ground six months from now. If there is no apparent competition between any of the current front runners by that point--meaning, if the polls show either McCain or Giuliani leading the democratic front runners by sizable margins--there will be a serious draft Gore effort. And, if polls in the midst of that effort show Gore with anywhere near a shot, then he will run.

Posted by: Jaxas | March 22, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Talk about Gore's hair plugs. Chris, lose the painted head and get some plugs. OK?

Posted by: Larry Frogg | March 22, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I think he might.

Why you ask?

One of my associates spoke with him 6 weeks ago and he told me he was not planning to run, which is what he has told the press. My associate truly saw the opening and the wink and nod.

What is Mitch Berger, Jack Quinn, Peter Knight and other doing? Are they signed on to other campaigns. I don't think so. Isn't Roy Neel working for the former Vice President in Tennessee? Have you seen the Draft Gore" group and who is involved? These are Gore's top friends and advisors.

If this was on the board at the Wynn it would be Gore running, -150.

Posted by: Joseph Turtle | March 22, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza's request -- "We don't want to know whether or not you think Gore should run, but whether he will run and why" -- is an unusually bald expression of what is always so deeply wrong about press coverage of presidential races. They want inane and pointless speculation on the horse race rather than intelligent conversation about what needs to be done in this country and who would be the best person to do it. How depressing to see this same old crap kick in more than a year and a half before the election.

Posted by: Thompson | March 22, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Gore won't run.
There's no real upside for him and the reservoir of Democratic outrage over 2000 dried up awhile ago. As noted by "inonit", his issue would be coopted by sound-alike candidates who promise the world while delivering a worn-out desktop globe, at the same time he'd be fending off resurrected (and creaky) Republican talking points from the Clinton years. For what? A thankless four years cleaning up after this Administration.
Not worth it for him, so... no. He won't do it.

Posted by: DB | March 22, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

He's running. The hair implants confirm it. Next thing you know, he'll start losing weight.

Posted by: JD | March 22, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

In Gore I see a real leader. He is the opposite of Bush and has everything that Bush is so sadly lacking in: Strength, courage, intelligence, vision. Competence. The ability to learn, and grow, and adapt.

He is perhaps the only one who rescue our country from the terrible hole we are in, fiscally, morally, physically - our security, our infrastructure, the health of our people. He is possibly the only one with the strength and moral clarity to restore our honor and integrity.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

While I agree that Gore is in a sweetspot personally and financially, it is important to note that he is the most electable Democrat in the general 2008 election. Gore's one major weakness his campaign style has improved, note the folksiness in the hearing yesterday. Its hard to argue that he could do more to end the threat of global warming as a private citizen than as a president. Although, I agree many folks do, some disingenuously. For folks who see Obama as the future of the party, he is the one person who provides the critical mass to knock Hillary off her perch. A Gore-Obama ticket would be the Democrats strongest and most forward looking ticket. Look at how Hillary glared at Gore during the hearing-- is she giving us a hint that she thinks he will run? For someone who has prepared himself to be president all his adult life, the opportunity is there. If I would have to guess, I would think he would run. In a monthly political discussion meeting, I let slip that there was an excellent chance that he would run-- although as I thought it through, I came to the conclusion that there was only a good chance he would run. You only live once and his quality of life probably would be higher as a private citizen than as president. Would America's quality of life be better if he didn't run? I would say no. That's why I'm drawn to the conclusion that there is a good chance he will run.

Posted by: Jeff-for-progress | March 22, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

looks like the people of Pakistan care more about democracy than we do...

'LAHORE, Pakistan -- In the rapidly unfolding crisis in Pakistan, no matter what happens to President Pervez Musharraf -- whether he survives politically or not -- he is a lame duck. He is unable to rein in Talibanization in Pakistan or guide the country toward a more democratic future.

Since March 9, when Musharraf suspended the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, public protests have escalated every day -- as has a violent crackdown by the police and intelligence agencies on the media and the nation's legal fraternity.

The legal convolutions about Chaudhry's dismissal boil down to one simple fact: He was not considered sufficiently reliable to deliver pleasing legal judgments in a year when Musharraf is seeking to extend his presidency by five more years, remain as army chief and hold what would undoubtedly be rigged general elections.'

--Remember when people around the world used to look up to the US justice system, how we used to be the standard of fair elections and rule of law?

And now we're just another banana republic, less democratic than Pakistan. That's your conservative revolution... lie, steal, cheat, kill to win.

Posted by: Sam | March 22, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Gore will not run so as not to detract from his current position and be seen as another hurdle to a black or female president. I do not see why people are saying his window will go away. He could certainly continue what he is doing another 4 years and recapture the attention of the voters. If he ran right now he might make it and suffer the aftermath of the current regime- if he waits another cycle, as things will continue to get worse because of things already set in motion, no matter who is elected, he is almost guaranteed success. Yes, no matter who is elected, things will get worse. The next president will just be able to run damage control. We need to think about the long term and what is best for the country.
Set aside party affiliations and really look at each candidate.

Hillary does indeed represent the machine- but would that be a bad thing in damage control? I think so, also I do not like her attitude towards people. How can you be the good president and leader for a people you do not really care for?

Obama has drive and motivates people. This is wonderful. He may have something important to unify this country in the face of what will come, and believe me, bad things are coming. Then again, does he have the tools to deal with whatever comes?

McCain has the determination of an old soldier. His age may be a drawback, but his experience will be necessary for the future president. We need someone with a good military mind and discipline to face what is coming.

Ideally, in a fantasy world, we would see an alliance of McCain and Obama with Al Gore in charge of Energy. The people need united, and driven. It is vital we establish freedom from middle east oil, and focus on rebuilding American infrastructure... Our next president will have one of the most difficult times managing and recovering disasters the likes of which have only been seen in movies.

Posted by: Chris | March 22, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The only way Gore will run is if he is drafted or he can make the case he was effectively drafted by the party after failing to agree on the top three (including Richardson if Edwards drops out today). This way he can play the reluctant candidate card to the hilt, loses much of the baggage from his poorly-run 2000 campaign (how can it have been poorly-run if he won the popular vote, you ask, three words: loss of Tennessee) and he also claim a high-ground by agreeing to use federal dollars, reducing the amount he has to raise by himself. But Steve, won't he get outspent by all those Republican dollars? Certainly, but he will be perceived as the chosen candidate of the Democrats in what they suspect will be a Democratic Party year. Can he win? Gore is still Gore, so he will find many ways to shoot himself in the foot, and the MSM will be unforgiving of any of them, in spite of their so-called liberal bias. Gore is still the wrong kind of liberal to the MSM.

Posted by: Steve | March 22, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, no, Gore will not run. He has begun the psychological transition to senior statesman in the mold of Jimmy Carter, with combatting global warming as his legacy.

Posted by: Steve | March 22, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore will only run if the Democratic electorate tires of the front runners. He will not get in any sooner than immediately before Iowa if that soon. He could be drafted at the convention if those things were done anymore but, sadly, they are not. I don't think he really wants to deal with the primary process but I think he has the stomach for a general election.

So to make a long story short, he will not run in the conventional sense and since the chances of being the nominee in a unconventional sense is essentially zero, so I don't see it happening. Nonetheless, a unconventional election process is exactly what this country needs at a time when Presidential elections are beginning almost two years before the actual election takes place.

I believe it is time to eliminate the primary process and once again put the nominating process back in the hands of the parties and their smoke(less) filled rooms. We as a country cannot live with perpetual elections as we see how they politicize the inner workings of government.

Posted by: bessmark | March 22, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I most definitely believe Mr. Gore will run for President.

Listen to how he introduces himself to audiences or how someone else introduces him ... as the man who was elected President in 2000 by the people of the United States. I believe he would like to see that become a reality again.

Even more important is Mr. Gore's concern and warnings about global warming and the threatened environment of the world. What better way for him to take the next step toward making changes in how we, as a society of this planet, behave toward the environment than through leadership as President.

Mr. Gore has evolved before our eyes as a man with deep ethical convictions and more focused leadership skills. More than anyone else, he has the credibility to return leadership to the office of President after a vacuum of eight years.

Posted by: David Henderson | March 22, 2007 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I just heard that Edwards is dropping out today.. his wife is no longer in remission. I pray for Elizabeth... she has been through so much, and with such courage and grace.

I hope, CC, that you will personally wish her well.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

He won't run. He's shown that he's more confident, and has a better sense of self when he focuses on the environment. He can be true to his cause. If he decides to run he'll have to make all kinds of compromises, something he didn't feel comfortable with in the 2000 election.

Posted by: Alan | March 22, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

William, you're way behind the curve. And always trying to make a mountain out of a molehill... always trying to slime dems. Guess you must be the new zouk...

You and CC both have no clue about New Media...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Damned liberal media bias. No wonder Halperin had to go to such great and self-abasing lengths to ingratiate himself to the likes of Hugh Hewitt and Sean Hannity. Just for kicks, remember this?

...Halperin is very upset -- very emotionally distraught -- because Hewitt remarked both during and after the interview that he thinks Halperin is "very liberal." Halperin spent three hours in the interview desperately trying to convince Hewitt that he is on Hewitt's side, but that wasn't enough to win Hewitt's approval. Nonetheless, Halperin is willing -- actually, quite eager -- to go to still greater and more horrifying lengths to obtain Hewitt's blessing.

First, Halperin e-mailed Hewitt today to again try to persuade Hewitt that he is not a liberal. Hewitt didn't print the e-mail but wrote about it on his blog, and claimed that Halperin "asked that [Hewitt] apologize for the characterization and remove the description or post" in which he called Halperin "liberal." Hewitt also quoted Halperin's e-mail by writing that Halperin "considers the description a 'a serious affront to [his] professional integrity,' and requested that I "note [Halperin's] strong objection to [my] characterization." Unconvinced by Halperin's pleas both in the interview and again today that he is not a liberal, Hewitt rubbed the comment in Halperin's face again: "Not only do I think that Mark Halperin is very liberal, I don't think it is possible to conclude anything else."

In response, Halperin returned to Hewitt yet again, this time to request that Hewitt allow him to post a statement on Hewitt's blog, in which Halperin expressed how hurt he was that even after he agreed with almost everything Hewitt said during the interview, Hewitt is still calling him a liberal....

Here he is with Hannity:

HANNITY: So the liberal media does exist? The old media is liberal?

HALPERIN: We say it in the book, and we give examples. . . . I'm proud of where I work, where we understand that we've got to not be liberal, we've got to not be perceived as liberal. But the overall old liberal media covered that story in such an unfair way, and I think anybody who denies that just isn't paying attention.

Posted by: what's wrong with the MSM | March 22, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

The front page of the website says "Man Behind Clinton Video Worked for Obama".

That headline is simply false.

He worked for a company that had an Obama account, but he did not work on it.

Posted by: Boston | March 22, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Avowed Hugh Hewitt and Bill O'Reilly fan Mark Halperin, also known as the soon-to-be-former political director of ABC news, wants "more time to pursue writing." From ABC News President David Westin:

About a month ago, Mark Halperin came to me to say that he wanted more time to pursue writing - perhaps another book and possibly for a publication. We all know how valuable a member of our political reporting team Mark is, and he made it clear that he has an equally high opinion of ABC News and what we're trying to accomplish.

So, we've worked out a new relationship with Mark that will transform him from our Political Director to our Political Analyst at least through the 2008 election. This will make it possible for us to continue to draw upon Mark's unparalleled political analysis and knowledge while at the same time giving him some new venues in which to use his talents.

As Political Director these past 10 years, Mark has groomed an entire generation of outstanding political reporters.

Gawd help us with that new generation. Let's review Halperin's recent "outstanding" political work. Here he is, with O'Reilly:

Mark Halperin, ABC Political Director and co-author of the new book The Way To Win, went on The O'Reilly Factor and agreed with Bill O'Reilly that members of the "old media" are too liberal and should "prove to conservatives that we understand their grievances."

When O'Reilly pointedly asked him if he believed major news organizations -- including ABC -- had a liberal bias, Halperin repeated the right-wing talking point that the media is trying to suppress Republican turnout. He told O'Reilly, "If I were a conservative, I understand why I would feel suspicious that I was not going to get a fair break at the end of an election. We've got to make sure we do better, so conservatives don't have to be concerned about that."

Well, that's interesting, particularly considering what he wrote in his very own book.

HARRIS/HALPERIN (page 129): A number of members of the Gang of 500 are convinced that the main reason George W. Bush won the White House and Al Gore lost was that Gore's regular press pack included the trio of Katherine "Kit" Seelye (of the New York Times), Ceci Connolly (of the Washington Post), and Sandra Sobieraj (of the Associated Press).

Simply put, that's an astonishing statement--but it appears as a minor aside, buried deep inside a very long book. In this passage, Harris and Halperin--major press corps insiders themselves--say that some of their well-placed colleagues believe that George Bush reached the White House because of the work of just three Gore reporters!

Posted by: For you, CC, your pal | March 22, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Gore won't run, but Hillary can't be too pleased with this: From http://www.solidpolitics.com

Philip de Vellis, a consultant working on Barack Obama's campaign, admitted today that he produced the infamous "1984" Hillary Clinton attack ad.

De Vellis also blogged on Walmartwatch.com, an anti-Wal-Mart website
partially funded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The union's president, Andrew Stern, serves on the board of directors of the website. In blog postings, de Vellis railed against Wal-Mart.

Hillary Clinton served on the Wal-Mart's board of directors for six years....

Posted by: William | March 22, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I think there's a about a 50/50 chance of Gore running, but he will probably only make a run if the other major players in the race stumble or withdraw completely.

Al Gore already lost the nomination in 1988, and lost (Or had it stolen from him, depending on your political affiliation) the 2000 race. If he decides on a run I'd suspect the major factor would be how risky it is. Gore is one of the Democratic Party's elder statesmen after six years of being banished to exile, and it would be humiliating to lose that in the primaries. Gore would also have to contend with the same caricatures that were leveled against him in 2000 and afterwards (Internet inventor, egotistical maniac, sore loser), but he can always point out that while his speeches on Iraq were unpopular, most folks probably agree with him now.

On the other hand, if any of the three frontrunners are forced to withdraw for whatever reason, a position opens for Gore to enter the race. He's got the grassroots support, a large amount of support on the internet, a sizable base in the polls, and the job experience. With the jabs Clinton and Obama keep throwing at each other, he can easily swoop down in September or October and win at least one of the early primaries. I suspect Gore is very closely watching the primary campaign and will be even more in a few months.

As for why he would run, Gore may have won an Oscar for one of the most successful documentaries ever made, but he was Vice President for eight years and almost certainly realizes that the Presidency is the best position to tackle global warming from. I believe him when he says he wants to focus on global warming, but he may find that someone with his drive on this subject would have to be in the White House in order to make real progress on the issue.

At the moment, Gore will use anything he can as a giant megaphone to broadcast his warnings to the world, be it print, a concert, a movie... but if six months from now he looks at the government and the Presidential candidates and thinks "I'm not sure they're really treating this seriously", I think the chance is very high he enters the race and campaigns like a man possessed. I think Gore will do a lot of things in order to stop climate change, and a run for President may be one of them.

Posted by: EvilBob | March 22, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

'The Post helpfully goes through what could happen if the White House refuses to comply with the subpoenas. First, the judiciary committees would have to decide to issue citations for contempt of Congress. If the full House and Senate agree, Congress would ask the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to seek indictments.

But would a U.S. attorney go against the wishes of the president? No one really knows because it's never gotten that far. The WSJ points out that the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia previously served as counselor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.'

...And that's precisely why he is where he is. He was installed 6 months ago by Gonzalez because they knew this was coming. By then they knew they might lose the majority and then the investigations of all their crimes would begin. And they wanted to make sure the courts were packed with judges and prosecutors who would block any investigations that occurred. And that is exactly what Purgegate is all about.

Posted by: susieQ | March 22, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Everyone, he's already running!

Posted by: mark | March 22, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't think he'll run, for a simple reason--as soon as he gets in, he is seen not as the guy who is running to reverse global warming, but as the guy who is running to stop Obama or Hillary. Unfortunate, but true.

It's interesting that Gore thinks he can do more good on global warming outside of the system than by being President. Surely he must know better.

Posted by: Ray Lodato | March 22, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It's so hard to know at this point. I've never seen a presidential field so wide open on both sides -- anything could happen. However, I think Gore probably won't run, because he may feel that he can be more effective in the private sector, doing what he's doing now.

He's already done tremendous good with raising awareness on climate change. I know he could be a brilliant president and is exactly what we need right now, but I don't blame him if he doesn't want to wade into the sewer of politics today.

Maybe bad news for Elizabeth Edwards. She is a lovely and gracious person, and I hope that all will wish her well:

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (CNN) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, have scheduled a news conference for Thursday to discuss what sources close to Edwards described as possible developments with her health.

The sources would not disclose the exact nature of Thursday's announcement, but they did say that the couple is not going before the press to say that "everything is OK."

'Elizabeth Edwards underwent treatment for breast cancer after the 2004 campaign, in which her husband was the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

The sources close to Edwards said his wife had a routine follow-up appointment on Monday to check her breast cancer, which was believed to be in remission. According to sources, the doctor called back on Tuesday and asked her to come in again on Wednesday.'

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Gore won't run; he'll wait for his appointment as the head of the EPA under president Clinton/Obama/Richardson.

Did that position ever get elevated to Cabinet-level status? I know that there was talk back in 2001 but given Bush's disdain for all things environmental it seems unlikely.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 22, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore will run:

Yes - he has tasted and earned his successes. So much so that it will put the presidency in perspective for him, something Edwards may be thinking about right now. Being president isn't everything.

That perspective will result in more passion on the stump, more truth and less triangulation. The country is hungry for that kind of leader and Gore knows it.

A Gore / Obama ticket would be about competence and truth - in stark contrast to the current administration. Perhaps the country is ready to pick a president based upon something more substantive than the person they'd most want to have a beer with ... maybe.

Posted by: Mark Pilon | March 22, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that Al Gore likely won't run because he's doing quite well in the private sector right now.

This is his last and only opportunity to run. He's on top of the Global Warming issue right now, plus he has the war issue on his side, too. Remember that Nixon lost a close race in 1960 and ran in 1968 (and won), so he can do it. Now would be his best political climate to do so.

If he doesn't do so now, his last window of opportunity closes for good. He could be able to raise a lot of money should he decide to run for President. My guess is that he won't do so.

Noam N. Kogen (NKogen@NYC.RR.Com)

Posted by: Noam N. Kogen | March 22, 2007 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Will Gore run? Over a year ago I predicted he would be the next president - the adult brought in to clean up the mess the kids made in the last 8 years. However, he sure seems to give every sign of not running. My guess is he would only get in if there seems to be great unhappiness among Democrats with their choices or if Hillary and Barack beat up on each other so much they are like Gephardt and Dean. If Edwards drops out today, I would have to rethink this though.

Posted by: Dave Chicago | March 22, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

i certainly hope gore runs. gore / obama '08 has a nice ring to it. or gore / richardson. al gore certainly has a much more defensible claim on the successes of the '90s than does Big Sister.

Posted by: meuphys | March 22, 2007 8:05 AM | Report abuse

He won't.

Gore has, for better or for worse, emerged as a "hard truths" sort of political figure. A bit like the "I oppose ethanol subsidies" and "Jerry Falwell is an agent of intolerance" version of John McCain in 2000.

1. As such, he'd have to make a lot of changes in order to be positioned to win. Even if he were willing to make those changes in order to be president, he's left a long paper trail of public comment since 2000. Plus it's more rewarding to be able to speak about issues more freely, with less calculation, than a presidential candidate can.

2. All of his rivals for the nomination (and perhaps for the general) would co-opt his main issue, and he knows it. They'll go for a politically palatable mixture that combines apparent efficacy with lack of sacrifice. With this being a scientific matter (and climate science being hard), it will be easy to obfuscate and fudge so that candidates can campaign on "ending global warming as we know it" without demanding as much sacrifice as Gore would, and the general public won't know why Gore is demanding the hard way. He's in a better position to demand the hard way when it's seen as selfless than when it's seen as a strategy for being elected.

3. Wild psychological speculation: Gore grew up the son of a senator, a political goody-two-shoes who was driven to service and saw politicking as a necessary, somewhat dirty evil in order to get there. (Similarly to, say, George H. W. Bush.) He's driven by a desire to make an impact (and, to some degree, to get credited and praised for it). Right now, he is in an enviable position -- the perceived leader of a movement seen as virtuous and global and the most important issue of its time. Why get down and dirty on stuff like whether the South Carolina textile industry should be protected when you can be a kind of secular saint?

Posted by: inonit | March 22, 2007 5:54 AM | Report abuse

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