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Rivals fear the slim chance that says Gore may run again
The Times ^ | February 22, 2007 | Tom Baldwin

Posted on 02/22/2007 1:51:45 AM PST by MadIvan

Al Gore will be treading the red carpets of Hollywood on Sunday when he attends the Oscars where his climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, has been nominated for the best documentary award.

But the man whom many Democrats still insist beat George Bush in 2000, is also keeping a toe-hold on the 2008 presidential contest by refusing to rule out, categorically, making another bid for the White House.

When asked — as he is frequently — whether he will stand again, Mr Gore professes exasperation before saying: “I can’t foresee circumstances in which I would.”

This is a similar form of words to those repeatedly used by Michael Heseltine to defuse speculation that he was planning to challenge Margaret Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party — until he did just that.

Mike Feldman, a long-time friend and adviser to Mr Gore, told The Times: “Anybody who knows Al Gore will tell you that he is already involved in a campaign against global warming — and that is the only campaign he is involved in. But it’s right to say he has not closed the door (on the presidency) entirely. He is 58 years old and is not willing to do that just yet.”

Donna Brazile, who ran his last presidential campaign in 2000, last month teasingly told activists that she had not decided who to back for 2008. “Wait till Oscar night,” she said. “I’m dating, I haven’t fallen in love yet.”

Mr Gore has reinvented himself: a wooden performer seven years ago, he is now a passionate and visionary advocate for action against climate change.

And unlike Hillary Clinton, with whom he had a testy relationship in her husband’s White House, he opposed the Iraq War from the outset.

Mrs Clinton, along with other Democratic candidates, is now said to be anxiously studying his girth, which expanded rapidly when he left office six years ago, as a measure of his political ambitions. If they can get their arms around him, he might be standing or, as Ms Brazile put it: “on Oscar night, if Al Gore has slimmed down 25 or 30 pounds, Lord knows.” She believes that over a drawn-out race for the presidency, other candidates will be facing “burn-out” by the autumn. “Al Gore could enter the race tomorrow, September or November.

“A lot of candidates got in early for name recognition, or because they need the time to raise money, [but] Al Gore is a much different man than he was in 2000. He has the credibility and the stature. He has become a cultural hero,” she said.

Over the coming months he can easily maintain a higher public profile than many other candidates. In addition to the Oscars this weekend, Mr Gore has also been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize in October.

Nor should fund-raising be a problem for a man who is said to have amassed a personal fortune worth as much as $100 million (£50 million) by acting as an adviser to Google and Apple Computer since leaving the White House.

All of this does not, of course, mean Mr Gore will stand. But this weekend he stands astride the two great gossip factories of America: Washington on the east coast and Hollywood on the west. And, for the moment he seems happy, to keep the rumours alive.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alphabore; election; gore; hillary; obama
Gore entering the race would be desirable for us - a long, bloody fight between Gore, Hillary and Obama would weaken the Democrats going into the 2008 election. The only risk is that they may choose someone more electable than any of these three, such as Bill Richardson, if they damage each other too much.

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 02/22/2007 1:51:46 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: Mrs Ivan; odds; DCPatriot; Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 02/22/2007 1:52:35 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

Tubby Richardson is gonna be Hillary's running mate. If he gets too uppity and tries to move on the top job, he's gonna be Wellstoned on a future trip abroad. As for Manbearpig, the more, the merrier. Too bad we have such a crap RINO lineup on our side.


3 posted on 02/22/2007 2:10:04 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: MadIvan

If you have to fear this moron it's pretty sad.

Al Gore might be the biggest simpleton ever on a National Stage, he is plain dumb.

A product of a soft life where everything was laid out for him, he's a product, not a man. The next original thought he has will be his first, I have yet to see him ever display any intelligence whatsoever. He's a mindless parrot who delivers speeches written by other people, pushes policies that other people tell him he should and repeats blatant lies in a documentary which is plainly fiction and lacks the intellectual curiosity to question it.

Never has a man so uniquely unqualified, lacking any talent in anything he's ever done, no success in any other field than politics where the course was laid out for him and he robotically followed the game plan plotted by others reached such a level of power.

He really believes he is something special, he's deluded enough to believe he invented the internet, but can't identify Thomas Jefferson. A man of privledge who only can operate in an isolated programmed world, it's not all his fault that he's an utterly worthless human being, he's just a product, a product created by his family name. A stiff, uncharasmatic robot who can parrot inane liberal positions, as long as he doesn't have to answer anything he hasn't been prepped for, then he's speechless.

Good for him that he doesn't know it but he's a pitiful exceuse for an American Male, he would starve if left to his own devices, he's unqualified to anything but manual labor. I'm not being over the top at all here, if he was a sheetrocker working on construction sites he would be considered the dummy in the group.


4 posted on 02/22/2007 2:10:13 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I almost choke on saying this, but, Richardson is more qualified than Hillary. He has a record, justified or not, for cutting taxes in New Mexico. If he was the Presidential pick with someone like Breseden of TN in the VP slot, that would be very difficult to beat. It would breathe reassurance rather than anarchy.

Regards, Ivan

5 posted on 02/22/2007 2:13:09 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

>>Gore entering the race would be desirable for us - a long, bloody fight between Gore, Hillary and Obama would weaken the Democrats going into the 2008 election. The only risk is that they may choose someone more electable than any of these three, such as Bill Richardson, if they damage each other too much.<<

Agreed Gore entering the race would hurt the Dems - he has even higher negatives than Hillary and his strength is lefter wing of the party so he'd be weaker in the general.


6 posted on 02/22/2007 2:23:26 AM PST by gondramB (It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.)
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To: MadIvan

Call me a crackpot conspiracy theorist, but I really do believe Obama is in cahoots with the Clintons. I think that he is being used to deflect attention away from Her Heinous, distracting the media and the voters, until the moment just before the Dem convention when he will agree ("for the good of the country") to step aside, and will order his faithful to give their full, unqualified support to Clinton. Then he will take his $12 million taxpayer dollars and go away.

If Gore does run, he is such a doofus and his people so delusional that I can't see Hillary having any real trouble with him.


7 posted on 02/22/2007 2:24:44 AM PST by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: word_warrior_bob; MadIvan
If you have to fear this moron it's pretty sad.

I think they're more afraid he will endorse whoever gets the nomination.

An Algore endorsement is the kiss of death!

8 posted on 02/22/2007 2:28:50 AM PST by uglybiker (AU-TO-MO-BEEEEEEEL?!!)
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he is already involved in a campaign against global warming

Poor Al, another losing campaign..

9 posted on 02/22/2007 2:45:47 AM PST by D-fendr
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To: MadIvan

Richardson has scarcely done a damn thing in NM beyond his obsession with the choo-choo multi-billion $$ boondoggle to Santa Fe and proliferating the criminal rodent hegemony of the statewide offices (nevermind his sexual assault of his OWN running mate ! The only reason she stayed on the ticket was because I'm sure he gave her a personal guarantee that he'd be vacating the office early so she could get it).

As for Bredesen, I'm here in Nashville and have known him for 20 years, and I don't trust him as far as I can throw him. His image and the reality are quite different. There's been corruption wafting from his direction going back to his Mayoral days (and I know some other things that I'd just as soon not repeat publicly, only that, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I've seen behind the curtain). Bredesen also doesn't look well and I don't think he has come clean to the public about his health, another thing he has been dishonest about (he had a mysterious illness last year where he disappeared from view for a couple weeks). The media, just like with Tubby, carried these cretins to second terms with nary a question as to their dreadful records last November. Disgusting.


10 posted on 02/22/2007 2:50:18 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: MadIvan
I hope Algore runs. Then he and all the Global Warming hoo-ha can Jump the Shark at one time.

If Algore runs against Hillary!, he is going to have to be destroyed. Algore cannot be separated from his campaign on Global Warming. Therefore, the campaign on Global Warming will also have to be destroyed.

It will be easy to do. It's a house of cards. The science just isn't there to back him up. The only reason Algore has any credibility at all is because it is politically convenient for many people to pretend he has a point. If he runs against Hillary!, it is no longer politically convenient for him to be leading a powerful movement.

All Hillary! will have to do is break the consensus, and there will be nothing left.

11 posted on 02/22/2007 3:03:11 AM PST by gridlock (Isn't it peculiar that matter what the problem, the government's solution is always "more taxes".)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Richardson has scarcely done a damn thing in NM beyond his obsession with the choo-choo multi-billion $$ boondoggle to Santa Fe and proliferating the criminal rodent hegemony of the statewide offices (nevermind his sexual assault of his OWN running mate ! The only reason she stayed on the ticket was because I'm sure he gave her a personal guarantee that he'd be vacating the office early so she could get it).

Don't forget that Richardson thinks that we haven't learned everything there is to know about what really happened in Roswell New Mexico in 1947. (I'm not kidding!)
12 posted on 02/22/2007 3:29:48 AM PST by mkjessup (If Reagan were still with us, he'd ask us to "win one more for the Gipper, vote for Duncan Hunter!")
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

I have come to many of the same conclusions about Obabble and the Beest. I expect the same thing.


13 posted on 02/22/2007 3:33:06 AM PST by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII vet always said that America's best ally is Britain. He was right.)
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To: MadIvan

"Gore" and "slim" in the same headline. Hah!


14 posted on 02/22/2007 3:34:07 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: word_warrior_bob

Don't hold back, Bob.


15 posted on 02/22/2007 3:36:41 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: mkjessup

Well, that might be one of his virtues. I'm reading the late Gordo Cooper's book, "Leap of Faith", and he talks about the UFO issue (ironically, he said that the one place you'd think he'd have seen one, orbiting the Earth, he didn't). Of course, I'm one of those that tends to agree that the government can't really tell the people what actually happens... after all, this is the same public that flips out when a gallon of gas goes over $3 and can't even deal with how bad the Clintoon scandals were (nuclear secrets being sold), and you're gonna tell about space alien landings ? I don't think so. If Tubby wants to do us a real favor, make Roswell 2nd and spill on everything he knows on America's premier crime family (ah, but then if he does that, he'll end up like the Roswell aliens).


16 posted on 02/22/2007 3:50:58 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: prairiebreeze

It's a very clever plan, if true. This way, HC would get the black vote as well, and Obama could walk off into the sunset, rich, and with the credit and glory of having "unselfishly" served his party. YUK!!


17 posted on 02/22/2007 3:53:09 AM PST by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: MadIvan
Nor should fund-raising be a problem for a man who is said to have amassed a personal fortune worth as much as $100 million (£50 million) by acting as an adviser to Google and Apple Computer since leaving the White House.

Must be damn good ADVICE!!!!

Buy LOW!

Sell HIGH!

Where's MY millions, folks???

18 posted on 02/22/2007 4:10:49 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: word_warrior_bob

Quit mincing words and tell us how you REALLY feel about Gore!!


19 posted on 02/22/2007 4:12:13 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: word_warrior_bob

Excellent, Bob! I've always considered Gore to be the VERY worst of the Dems. And that's saying something.

Completely, utterly full of sh*t; always has been. The most blatant (and thankfully, clumsiest) liar of them all.


20 posted on 02/22/2007 4:20:00 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: word_warrior_bob

"...A stiff, uncharasmatic robot who can parrot inane liberal positions, as long as he doesn't have to answer anything he hasn't been prepped for, then he's speechless. "

They don't call you "word warrior bob" for nothing! ;D!


21 posted on 02/22/2007 4:36:59 AM PST by poobear (Carter & Clinton - 'The Latter Day Church Of Jew Haters & Horndogs')
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To: word_warrior_bob

Bob,pretty much has Gore down pat.

If this dork ever got elected to the Presidency it would destroy America as we know it.

Gore as President would ruin this country with his eco-terrorism much like Mugabe has destroyed his country by outlawing the white farmers.


22 posted on 02/22/2007 5:01:54 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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Best if we could get Gore AND Kerry back in the race.


23 posted on 02/22/2007 6:52:56 AM PST by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: word_warrior_bob
Al Gore might be the biggest simpleton ever on a National Stage, he is plain dumb.

That's puts him right in the mainstream of American voters, so don't think it's going to hurt his 2008 chances any. Whatever we think of him, he has an excellent chance to win it all.

24 posted on 02/22/2007 6:55:27 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: MadIvan

ROFLOL

The only fear that Gore "rivals" have is that he might sit on them.


25 posted on 02/22/2007 6:57:33 AM PST by petitfour
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To: MadIvan

My answer to Al...

[cue John Cleese]

"No! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!"


26 posted on 02/22/2007 7:03:31 AM PST by RichInOC (He's Fat. He's Rested. He's Ready. Gore 2008.)
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To: petitfour
I do think the column is correct on this score - if Gore has lost weight, expect a run. If he looks still like Mao's bloated and mummified corpse, expect him to sit out.

Regards, Ivan

27 posted on 02/22/2007 7:05:34 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan
Gore entering the race would be desirable for us - a long, bloody fight between Gore, Hillary and Obama would weaken the Democrats going into the 2008 election. The only risk is that they may choose someone more electable than any of these three, such as Bill Richardson, if they damage each other too much.

Your take on the Republican candiates if pretty much spot on but your understanding of the Democrats needs a little help.

Barack Obama is Hillary's choice to keep out Edwards and will make her top one list of VP nominees...the only job for which he is qualified for. He is a lightweight and nothing but a mirage who will melt long before HRC demolishes Edwards and all the other strawmen. Biden, Dodd and anyone else in the Senate with half a brain will publically endorse HRC after the first caucus and then vote for someone else. They hate her.

There isn't going to be any mudslinging that is fatal to HRC or Barack if Barack wants to be VP and that is what he rationally knows is in his future. Rahm Emmanuel will pull his string with great skill and he'll dance to the tune written by the Clinton Criminal Creeps.

Bill Richardson is actually more of a joke than Ron Paul.

28 posted on 02/22/2007 7:15:24 AM PST by harrowup (I invite Gore to solve the Hillary-Barack problem by announcing in August...)
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To: word_warrior_bob

A true Manchurian Candidate.


29 posted on 02/22/2007 8:01:19 AM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: MadIvan

Gore is the antiChrist- He's goign to be seen as the world's darling with his false global warming crap, and he'll rise to power on that majic carpet.

The following link is a signature link and does not relate to this thread http://sacredscoop.com


30 posted on 02/22/2007 8:53:50 AM PST by CottShop
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To: CottShop
I would have thought the anti-Christ would be less of a dork.

Regards, Ivan

31 posted on 02/22/2007 8:54:40 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan
“...He has become a cultural hero.”

If this is really true, then we are really doomed (and I don't mean in a fictional global warming scenario).

32 posted on 02/22/2007 9:22:44 AM PST by Anti-MSM
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To: MadIvan

lol true- perhaps I'm mistaken, won't be the first time


33 posted on 02/22/2007 9:50:22 AM PST by CottShop
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

I agree.

The Clintons create a circus so the queen can escape scutiny during 2007.

He can't possibly be elected. He's a straw candidate. IMO


34 posted on 02/22/2007 10:47:14 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Richardson has scarcely done a damn thing
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Didn't he attempt to pimp a job for monica when the Clintons called?


35 posted on 02/22/2007 10:49:08 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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To: Elsie

Quit mincing words and tell us how you REALLY feel about Gore!!

____

Sorry, I tend to pussy-foot around things too much trying not to offend anyone, perhaps I should be a little more clear in stating my positions.


36 posted on 02/22/2007 12:20:01 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Finalapproach29er

Yup. His closeness to the Clintons is why I can't imagine anyone else being Hillary's running mate. Outsiders are simply too risky.


37 posted on 02/22/2007 8:09:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: MadIvan

To: wouldntbprudent
If he loses some weight and gets back the "handsome" look...I think he's got a real shot.
Before I get flamed...there's a lot of Amurricans who go for style over substance.

I will go on record now. I think he has 2008 locked up.


4 posted on 07/30/2006 8:38:13 PM PDT by paulat
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38 posted on 02/22/2007 8:11:03 PM PST by paulat (I'd rather vote for somebody WHO CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED...than somebody NOT....)
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To: MadIvan
Donna, get a clue.

You were used in '00 as a token campaign babe for the dims, always WEEKS behind current events. You were good at regurgitating what they fed you, but they only threw you under bus in the end.

Remember now?

39 posted on 02/24/2007 2:31:02 AM PST by Watery Tart (Expendable crew member.)
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To: MadIvan
Statesmanlike. The state of Tennessee, to be exact.


40 posted on 02/24/2007 2:35:43 AM PST by Watery Tart (algoron: Constitutionally unable to run in 2008. He's been president since 2000, right?)
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