The letter I handed Al Gore today

[Also posted at DailyKos]

Al Gore was in Chicago to sign copies of "The Assault on Reason" today. After thanking him for all he is doing and mentioning a member of my family he knows, I gave him a letter which I hope he will read. In any case, I thought I should make it public in the hopes that others who would like to see him run might find my arguments helpful in formulating their own (I encourage EVERYONE who supports Gore for President to write to him).

Dear Vice President Gore,

Thank you for everything you are doing to try to restore our democracy and save the planet.

I know you feel the current state of political discourse in this country is one in which you might not be the ideal candidate. However, I think the best way to change that discourse would be for you to run exactly the kind of campaign you have been running - to fix our broken political system and solve the climate crisis - with yourself as the candidate for President who could accomplish these goals.

I know you agree that you could do far more to affect change in these and other areas as President than as an (extra)ordinary citizen. You also know how little time we have left before the climate crisis reaches a point of no return and how fragile our democracy is right now. Other candidates who just want to get along or who have shown little inclination to oppose the most dangerous aspects of the power-hungry Bush administration will not do what is necessary to undo the damage of the last seven years and restore our country.

To paraphrase Paul Krugman, others are running as the next Eisenhower when our country desperately needs another FDR. It will take someone of FDR's stature to make the country realize (and accept) the extent to which things must change (far beyond just getting out of Iraq) and to get the rest of the world on board. You alone have attained that stature - through your courageous work since you were denied the Presidency in 2001.

The very act of your running will immediately change the political discourse and give ordinary Americans a voice. Other candidates pay lip service to valuing the "grassroots" but are really running old-style top-down campaigns. I know you admired the campaign Howard Dean ran in 2004 when he told his supporters "You have the power" to change this country. (It is because of Dean that I am now heavily involved in politics.) Because Dean was little known before he ran for President it was easy for those who opposed his ideas about giving our democracy back to the people (including some very powerful people in our Party - you know who they are) to marginalize and defeat him.

With your long political career, your brave speeches opposing Bush on the war, your Oscar-winning documentary, your #1 bestselling book, and your upcoming series of Global Warming concerts (and possibly a Nobel Prize this fall), your candidacy will not be easily derailed. Also, Dean based his candidacy on the internet when it was still in its infancy as a political tool. Anyone who doubts how much more powerful it has become in the last few years should talk to ex-Senator George Allen!

And if (please make that "when"!) you run, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans will "have your back" and be ready to help swat down the attacks which will come from those who have an interest in things not changing for the better. A recent poll on DailyKos asked readers what they would do if you entered the presidential race. Over 21,000 responded: half said they would abandon their current favorite for you or have been waiting for you all along. The support for you was 2/3 of respondents when self-described "leaners" are included. That's how much you are favored in the progressive community.

Howard Dean was right: We do have the power. But it takes a leader to focus that power and allow us to use it productively. You, sir, are that leader. Just the act of your running will do great things for our democracy. Your winning will do great things for our world at a time when true leadership from the United States is desperately needed. For these reasons, I hope you will listen to all those who are beseeching you to run for President. As I said, we will have your back.


[Jim in Chicago]

(I taped a copy of the DKos poll mentioned above -- /1/125229/5447 -- to the back of the letter.)

Tags: 2008, Al Gore, The Asssault on Reason (all tags)



Readers may wish to see
Sheddhead's DKos diary as well:

Al Gore Said to Me Today, 'Bless Your Heart.'
by sheddhead
Wed Jun 06, 2007

with many wonderful pictures! Thanks.
by NuevoLiberal 2007-06-06 09:28PM | 0 recs
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I would argue that Edwards is running as FDR. His programs and policies, his language, it's all very FDR.

by Quinton 2007-06-07 01:04AM | 0 recs
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Edwards is running as Dick Gephart the 2nd.  Edwards was shown to be very weak in the 2nd debate by putting himself in a position to be slammed by attacking Hillary and Obama. If that wouldve happened against McCain, Guiliani or Romney, he wouldve LOST the election.  A Presidential candidate needs to be an effective debater because alot of Americans make up their minds after watching the 2 candidates debate, Edwards humiliated himself.  

Even if Al Gore runs, he wouldn't win.  He LOST to George Bush, he is an ineffective communicator.

by vamonticello 2007-06-07 02:33AM | 0 recs
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He LOST to George Bush, he is an ineffective communicator.

Gore overcame substantial odds not of his making to win in 2000: 2000 election synopsis

Even if Al Gore runs, he wouldn't win.

If he runs, he will win in a landslide. With a good campaign that includes a strong rapid/media response team, and with the netroots keeping the media and RWNM in check, Gore will coast to a strong victory in the primary and then a resounding victory in the general.

by NuevoLiberal 2007-06-07 04:20AM | 0 recs
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Even if Al Gore runs, he wouldn't win.  He LOST to George Bush, he is an ineffective communicator.

Uh, Al Gore won in 2000 by 543,895 votes - all while being outspent by a huge margin.

by Michael Bersin 2007-06-07 04:54AM | 0 recs
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He LOST to George Bush, he is an ineffective communicator.

Borderline troll language.

by Jerome Armstrong 2007-06-07 08:19AM | 0 recs
Picture of the day!

Picture credit: Charles Osgood/Chicago Tribune/MCT
by NuevoLiberal 2007-06-07 05:14AM | 0 recs
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Global warming is the single biggest threat to our species we have seen other the a full scale nuclear war.

Which one of the candidates, left or right, has Gore's level of passion and leadership on global warming?

Hell, which candidate shows more leadership than Gore on anything?

by stormbear 2007-06-07 05:50AM | 0 recs
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Anyone but Clinton or Bush for the next 16 years.

You mean, like this group? I think you're in the wrong place.

by Michael Bersin 2007-06-07 07:04AM | 0 recs
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Does anyone know how to get a schedule of Gore's speaking tour?  His website:

does not show it, as far as I can see.  I would like to know if/when he will be coming to my area, and I do not see how.



by Brian63 2007-06-07 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore's schedule is not releasing information until very close to the events. If you join the Bloggers for Gore Google group, you may get information faster that way: orgore

If you have a local Draft Gore Meetup group, you should sign on with them too. That's how I found out about the Chicago event a week in advance.

by Jim in Chicago 2007-06-07 10:31AM | 0 recs
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Great letter.

by nperro 2007-06-07 11:19AM | 0 recs
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Thank you

by LindaSFNM 2007-06-07 11:20AM | 0 recs
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I find it bizarre that there is such a concerted effort to play down Gore's supposed "alarmist" stance, when any thinking person who has read any of the more intelligent writings of the last three decades has seen a simple trend. Informed writers have desperately wanted to not sound alarmist, but have felt obliged to their consciences enough to warn us as calmly as they can of what we are doing to ourselves and our children. Time and again we have proved them all wrong by doing far worse than they predicted. Not only are we spiralling into a surreal situation of positive-feedback in which our very own children (or - at most - grandchildren) will be having to make austere policy-decisions which would seem like a Twilight-Zone episode to us, but we are becoming consistently more lazy and outdoing our prior records on a yearly basis. Many of the most informed thinkers on this planet have been saying for over a decade that we have already passed the turning point. They argue that anything we do now is to try to reduce the catastrophy, scarcity, and intense suffering they will face - no matter what we do. I don't believe this is reason to give up hope, but I think every second of every day we need to remember the Cherokee saying "We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children" - if we want those children to ever forgive us for what is just around the corner for them. My only cricism of Gore (having seen him talk yesterday) is that he is at risk of giving false hope in certain renewable technologies that have been proven to be nice theories, but only practical in the distant future - not now.. None of us can afford to lie back and think there are "solutions" ... yet.

by rowanthorpe 2007-06-14 07:47AM | 0 recs


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