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Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Gore/Obama ticket

posted by on May 24 at 9:56 AM

Yet another person makes the case, this time over at TPMCafe.

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I for one am revelling in my new Obama bumper sticker, sitting right on top of my Gore/Lieberman sticker, so that it says Gore/Obama.

June 1st is going to be sweet, getting to see Sen. Obama!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 24, 2007 10:02 AM
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That's definitely my dream ticket. There's an excerpt of Assault on Reason in The Guardian today, and while reading it I was really thinking that no existing candidate comes close to his intellect, depth of experience and general appeal.

Posted by Gabriel | May 24, 2007 10:42 AM
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wrong order.

Posted by Eric F | May 24, 2007 10:53 AM
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@3: how could that possibly be the wrong order? If Al Gore gets in the race, he instantly has the most experience of anyone in the field - more than Hillary, or Richardson, or Edwards, or Obama.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Obama, but four years as US Senator, and 8 in the Illinois Legislature ain't exactly a ton of experience. Mind you....it worked for Lincoln, and if anyone could pull it off, it's Obama...

I think with a Gore/Obama ticket you get two incredibly smart statesmen, and the strong possibility of 16 years of good governance...

Posted by el ganador | May 24, 2007 11:14 AM
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Geesh, don't be harsh. At least I got the Stranger mentioned in today's Washington Post Celibritology online chat ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 24, 2007 11:33 AM
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TPM makes a valid argument for a Gore/Obama ticket. What it doesn't do is give any indication that Gore has any interest in running. Every interviewer who has talked to him for the last year has asked him if he's going to run. While he hasn't flatly ruled it out, he has also never, not once, given even a hint of a yes.

I kinda wonder just how late he can wait before it is too late. All of the top tier candidates in both parties have raised tens of millions of dollars for their campaigns. Gore? Zero. Sure, if he jumps in to the race, even late in the game, he'll get quite a bit of support. But he'll have a lot of ground to make up. An effective presidential campaign takes a lot of money.

As a non-candidate, he is in sort of an ideal position at the moment. He is still riding high from his success with Inconvenient Truth and his Oscar win. He's got a new book out, so he's on the speaking tour and interview circuit for that. Climage change is on everyone's mind nowadays, and he has emerged as the spokesperson for the cause. The result is that he gets as much attention as any candidate right now, even if he isn't technically running. Almost all the press he gets is positive, and he doesn't have any negatives by bickering with the other candidates in debates.

So at this point, he could still very much be viable. But how late can he actually wait before it is too late?

Posted by SDA in SEA | May 24, 2007 12:08 PM
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Gore/Obama is my fantasy pick, with Richardson as Secretary of State and Hillary as Secretary of Defense.

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