Life was breathed back into the political future of Al Gore today. Yes, I know. Anyone who has read this blog since 2007 will know that news like this will catch my attention, and catch it fast. There was a good chance that he would enter the primary race round about when he won his Nobel Peace Prize. I first wrote about a Gore campaign in July, 2007, and then a much more serious in October. He never announced his candidacy, and was quickly filed into the superdelegates list of extremely important endorsements to get.
Well, like I said, a faint, very faint, glimmer of light reappeared when superdelegate and congressman from Florida Tim Mahoney had this to say about his expectations for Democratic National Convention result:
If it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket.
Mohoney goes on to say that he expects a compromise candidate to be a very viable option should the convention be looming, and there is still no ‘clear’ winner (‘clear’ in the sense that someone hasn’t dropped out. The actual clear winner will be Barack Obama with the more pledged delegates).
The first and only name to be suggested as the compromise candidate? Al Gore. The speculation began then and there of having a Gore/Obama or Gore/Clinton ticket. The Gore/Clinton ticket is futile and redundant, but the Gore/Obama ticket would, as I have said in the past, be unstoppable. It would absolutely annihilate John McCain and whoever. Gore brings the experience on the ticket, which I expect will be one thing the Republican campaign will attack heavily when Obama is the Democratic nominee. He also gets the base firmly behind the ticket because I doubt that Gore couldn’t win the ‘big’ states, plus he is familiar and known to the party already. Combine this, too, with the independent appeal that Obama brings to the team. And, of course, it would balance out the ticket in terms of having a Northern Democrat and a Southern Democrat on the ticket.
I might be getting ahead of what will actually happen here. It’s a long, long shot. Let’s ignore the fact that it rule the entire primary process redundant and for nothing. And the fact that the two remaining candidates are contesting the top spot on the ticket, instead of running for Gore’s V.P. position. I think, if not done correctly, this ticket would tick the party of further. If the first and second rounds of voting at the D.N.C. produced no winner, and to further complicate the matter, divided superdelegates and no budging in terms of getting any closer to a winner, then the idea might be floated on the floor to get a reaction from the delegates. But whether that’s likely to happen – a third round of voting – is yet to be seen.
One other thing that lends credence to a Gore-led ticket is that he hasn’t bee part of the attacking and in-fighting between the two camps. In fact, at the moment, he’s squeaky clean. He’s been pumped up as this big power-broker among the Democrats, as well as all the personal ventures he’s been up to over the years. The delegates and the Democratic party should remember that if things get much more ugly (which it looks like it might) and more complicated come the voting rounds.
Either way, it could happen, a Gore/Obama ticket, but it has a very slim chance.