According to a recent poll of
The Washington Times quoted David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research center, which conducted the survey, saying "Gore is the only Democrat, including Hillary, who can instantly melt the field." Wow. Gore could instantly “melt the field.” The global warming puns could write themselves.
I don’t mean to make light of the impact Al Gore would have on the race. Al Gore would be a formidable opponent. He is not the same Al Gore that ran in 2000. Commenting on his “$100 million makeover,”Ellen McGirt recently wrote, “At 59, he's an Academy Award winner, a bestselling author, a front-runner for the Nobel Prize, and a concert promoter who turned out to be a bigger rock star at this year's Grammys than the rockstars themselves.”
A contest between the “unbeatable candidate,” as Hillary Clinton was recently dubbed on the Today Show, and the “rock star” Al Gore would be apolitical junkie’s dream come true.
Al Gore could provide all kinds of entertainment with great quotes like this one from the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival in April: “Art, music, film, dance, poetry — all the arts — have long been our greatest tools to explore the regions of imagination that defy our efforts to think rationally about subjects that our emotions tell us are too painful to contemplate.” Mmmm. Deep stuff.
The real source of entertainment, though, would come from the
It would also be amusing to see
Hillary has a tougher row to hoe with the anti-war crowd than Gore, not only due to her vote on Iraq, but due to past statements of her own like this one made by Clinton in October, 2002, "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort,and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear,however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Those quotes could just as easily have come from George W. Bush or even the boogeyman in every liberal’s dream, Dick Cheney.
It would have to be pretty frustrating for the
There are many other aspects of a Clinton – Gore match up that would make it interesting spectator sport, including the issue of their past. There will no doubt be some friction there. Remember that Gore was widely criticized by many Democrats for distancing himself from Bill Clinton in the 2000election. Would Gore, having been BillClinton’s vice president for eight years and having been through two campaigns with him, have a big advantage knowing how a Hillary Clinton campaign would be likely to operate - including their use of private investigators? Does
Most interesting though, would be to see which candidate emerged as the bigger of the two bona fide stars of the Democrat party. Would the Academy-award-winning Goreacle beat the Grammy-award-winning woman some Democrats hail as the smartest woman in the world? It might be fun, and telling, to find out which candidate most Democrats would choose as their standard bearer.