Above the rising din that is Indecision ’08, voices are being raised. Here’s what they’re saying:
Al Gore lovers nearly turned his Borders book signing appearance into a political rally Wednesday afternoon.
“Run Al, Run!” many chanted as Gore headed to his seat at the State Street (Chicago) store. But, disappointing hundreds in the crowd, he reiterated that he would not enter the 2008 presidential race.
Should Al Gore run for POTUS in 2008? Maybe. Maybe not….
– Gore is clearly on the right side of important issues, and he’s proving, sometimes dramatically, that he has found a way to grab the imagination of the American people now that perhaps he couldn’t find in 2000.
– The Democrats have shown that they are not a party who supports their runner ups.
– Gore, while he might be able to raise money quickly, would be at a distinct campaign war chest disadvantage to candidates like Hillary Clinton.
– Al might stiffen up into the wooden and often indecisive seeming automaton he was in 2000 – a change that would be more disastrous for the Democratic party than the Dukakis campaign… as John Harris of Politico claims:
A more poised, focused and self-confident campaign surely would have won the election and not just the popular vote in 2000. As the chosen leader of his party, Gore had a responsibility to wage that campaign.
So what should Al do? Here in his own words he admits what he should have done:
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d just let it rip. To hell with the polls, the tactics and all the rest. I would have poured out my heart and my vision for America’s future.” Al Gore
But as we know, hindsight’s always 20/20. What should Al Gore do now? In 2008?
He should decide. And he should make his decision public. And he should stick to it.
Right now the Democrats need more unity – not more division….