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More evidence for a Gore 2008 campaign

Dick Morris, in a column in the Hill, says the possibility of Al Gore running again for the presidency is becoming more likely. As Morris points out, history is on Gore's side:

The Democratic base's anger at Gore's defeat in 2000 was assuaged by the worse Kerry defeat of 2004. The idea that he was an incompetent candidate has been replaced in Democratic iconography by the idea that he was cheated out of the presidency. The hiatus has healed his reputation with the base in much the same way that the negative rap on Nixon for losing in 1960 was ameliorated by the Goldwater wipeout of 1964.

History indicates that candidates who won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College have all come back to win revenge in subsequent elections. Andrew Jackson, cheated in 1824, won in 1828. Grover Cleveland, cheated in 1888, triumphed in 1892.

2008 is an eternity away in politics, and many things will change before that election. One thing I don't see changing though is that Hillary Clinton has little to no chance of getting elected should she manage to win the nomination. Another run by Gore not only could push Clinton out of the race, but it may very well unite the party in ways that John Kerry's candidacy failed to.

On a related note, the movie An Inconvenient Truth, a film exposing the reality of global climate change featuring the former veep, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday.


At 2/25/2006 02:58:00 PM, Blogger mikevotes said...

I'm glad you had this, I hadn't seen it. I've had this growing "man crush" on Gore as my preferred 2008 candidate for the last few months.



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