Controversial Virginia Democrat Rep. Jim Moran has said that former veep Al Gore should run for president in 2008. "I'd like to see him get into the race. He won the popular vote in 2000, and I think he's even stronger and more committed. But you know, he's got his own life and it's his decision to make." Moran made his comments recently on C-SPAN's Washington Journal.
While we on this blog couldn't agree more with Moran, the 8-term congressman is no bastion of credibility and respectability. He was one of 31 House Democrats to vote with Republicans to conduct impeachment hearings on Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He's also been scrutinized for pushing for the bankruptcy reform bill after a major credit card issuer gave him a large home equity loan. Moran also supported CAFTA; and was skewered for his pre-war comments in 2003 that "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
And for the "I shit you not" file, Moran once famously duked it out with indicted former Congressman Duke Cunningham outside of the Capitol building and had to be separated by Capitol Police.
As we've said countless times on this blog, Gore is the best, most electable candidate the Democrats have. His major appeal stems from his impressive resume and White House experience; his successful economic track-record; his pro-environment position; and his early opposition to the Iraq war. He did win the popular vote in 2000 when America was a much different place, coming off of terrific prosperity and relative peace throughout the world. And, he'd be sitting in the Oval Office right now had it not been for the political chicanery of the Jeb Bush Gang and the Supreme Court.
Gore's been front and center on the speaking circuit, and has been the most vocal, outspoken and passionate critic of the Busheviks. In 2006's age of war, economic turmoil, global warming, natural disaster, and political cronyism and corruption, Gore's message resonates.
He's recently reaffirmed that he's not entering the race, though many in and outside the Beltway believe he's likely running, instead waiting for a groundswell of grassroots/'netroots support before officially declaring his candidacy. He recently joked in Florida that he's "a recovering politician." Let's just hope he doesn't take too long to recover.