by Pravin, Tue May 16, 2006 at 07:13:54 AM EDT
Go to Crooks and Liars Link to Gore on SNL
and watch Gore's performance on SNL. As I watched it, I realized that there was something different in Gore's aura from the last time we saw him on SNL. His last appearance as a host was mostly camp and was a good natured self parody but nothing that would compel someone to suggest him to run for President. This time, as the opening skit performer, he had this aura of the leader whose time has come. The reaction he got from the crowd seemed to confirm that.
Gore should definitely run for President in 2008. While Feingold is my first choice among possible candidates, I am afraid he would be given the Dean treatment and it would be harder for him to overcome. I do understand Gore's reluctance to run again and he would be well advised to continue to do his good deeds without announcing a run until early 2007. He has the right combination of establishment contacts and newfound credibility with the base. He doesn't seem beholden to the Liebermans of the party. And with the way Bush has gutted the EPA, we need a strong pro-environment candidate like Gore. Plus, unlike Hillary, Gore seems to have learned from his mistakes in the past.
For the record, I am the same guy who bashed Gore and his supporters for whining about the Nader voters. And I still have the same sentiment that no candidate should feel entitled to get a third party's vote even if you are on the same side of the ideological divide just to win an election. I did not vote for either major candidate in 2000 not because I thought Gore was as bad as Bush, but because I didn't think he was good enough to be President. While I was not hoping for a democratic loss, I was hoping that, in the event of a loss, the democrats will learn a lesson to go for votes, instead of hoping people will vote for you just because they can't stand the other guy. Unfortunately, the establishment did not learn its lesson. And for a while, I was pissed at Gore and his supporters because they kept whining about nader voters instead of worrying about the many potential Democrats who did not vote for Nader or Gore. Well, if people like me can change their minds about him, you gotta think he is for real.
We know Gore will be the best candidate for revamping the EPA.
We know Gore will be better at budget control.
We know Gore won't dismiss the other half of the country the way the Republicans dismiss NY and CA.
We know Gore will appoint better people to deal with foreign leaders.
We know Joe Lieberman will not be his VP candidate.
Gore just needs to steer clear from the likes of Bob Shrum. He can come to MYDD and we can come up with ads for a fraction of the cost he gets charged by the Shrums and we have better ideas.