Campaign 2008 Posted by Oaktown Girl, 02 Oct 2007 05:32 am
Last Thursday I happened to hear Randi Rhodes on a serious “Draft Al Gore” bender. Now, I like Randi Rhodes a lot. I agree with her probably 90% of the time, and think overall she does a heck of a service providing a passionate, informative alternative to the screaming loony Right.
I also like Al Gore, and think he’s providing a heck of a service as well. But as a possible Presidential contender, I can’t say that he is so head and shoulders above the current slate of Democratic candidates (or, conversely that the current slate is so bad) that we need to turn all our attention to getting Gore into the race at this late stage.
For the record, Al Gore has not ruled out running for office again (specifically, for the Presidency). In interviews, he makes it a point to never say “never”. This, I feel, serves no one… except possibly Al Gore?
The Presidency is not something to be approached passively - waiting in the wings for the cries of the populace to be so overwhelming that in a heroic act of self-sacrifice you finally acquiesce. No. As much as many of us would like it to be otherwise, you really have to want it, and want it openly. (Note: as in every other goal-oriented matter, if you’re a woman, this makes you a “bitch”). You have to want it openly because you’re going to have to fight to win. How can you effectively fight for something you either don’t want, or are pretending not to want? Remember, Gore was viciously attacked by a corporate media cowed to its knees trying to prove it didn’t have a “liberal bias”. The next Democratic candidate can expect similar treatment, if not more so:
The pundits, however, invariably come around to the same question: “But if he ran, would he revert to the ‘old Gore’?” Another question—in light of countless recent stories about John Edwards’s haircut—might be: Would the media revert to the old media?
-Evgenia Peretz in Vanity Fair**
Without a doubt, Al Gore, and more importantly, the American people, were robbed in 2000. Be that as it may, Gore had his opportunity. Let’s give someone else a chance to prove that they, too, can run a campaign founded on the principle of being a spineless tool of corporate “advisors”.
**Good but long article. Worth reading even if you think you know it all already. Skip the intro and go right to the parts with sub-headings if you are short on time.
Responses to “Draft Al Gore? No, Thanks.”