Run, Al, Run?

by John Hawkins | October 15, 2007 2:36 am

Predictably after Al Gore’s Nobel prize victory, libs are begging him to get in the race. For example, here’s Bill Katovsky over at The Huffington Post[1],

Maybe it’s time to shift strategy. Change our battle plans. Instead of “Run, Al, Run,” we need to now alter our tune to “Please, Tipper, Please.”

Al Gore knows we love, respect, and honor him. How can he not be emotionally overwhelmed by the outpouring of good will and favorable press in recent days?

The Draft Gore movement is peaking. It’s right near the tipping point. And the clock is ticking. Gore needs that one final push before he could conceivably commit to running for president. Who can make that happen? His wife. She’s the Tipper Point.

She must be persuaded to persuade him to run. Our collective media effort and energy must now be directed towards her as well. Bloggers and pundits, take note.

“The Draft Gore movement” may be “peaking,” but his poll numbers sure aren’t. From The Hill[2],

A new poll shows former Vice President Al Gore’s entry into the Democratic presidential race might not have such a large impact on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) after all. In fact, it might help to further solidify her frontrunner status.

The InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll, which was conducted nationwide Friday evening after Gore was named a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change, shows Gore taking heavily from undecided voters and the other candidates — not Clinton.

Clinton registers 43 percent in the Gore-inclusive poll, which is a similar number to her take in polls without Gore. And her 20-30 point lead holds steady, as Gore takes second place with 15 percent, while Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) take 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

I have to admit that I thought Al Gore would definitely run in 2004 because the Democratic nomination would have practically been handed to him on a platter, but, in the end, he just didn’t seem to have the fire in his belly.

So, is he really going to get in now, at this late date, 25 points behind Hillary with two other candidates who are almost as popular fighting with him for every undecided Democratic vote?

It seems unlikely.

If Gore wanted to get in, like Newt, he should have done it a long time ago.

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