Comedian, television host and political pundit Bill Maher has come out in support of Al Gore, saying the former veep not only should run for president in 2008, but that he also smells victory for the The Comeback Kid.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Maher also said Democrats, not third-party candidate and supposed spoiler Ralph Nader, were responsible for Gore's 2000 loss. He also could think of nothing good to say about President Bush other than that he's spent more than Clinton to combat AIDS in Africa.
When the conversation turned to the subject of the 2008 election, Maher was supportive although less-than-emphatic about another Gore run:
AP: Who is going to be the next president?
Maher: That's the $64,000 question, isn't it? My guess would be Al Gore.
AP: And who should be the next president?
Maher: Al Gore. And I'm not the biggest fan. If he would just do what he didn't do in 2000, that is, talk about what he really cares about, then I think he would be the right man for the job. I think the country is so off the track and that's now recognized by the vast majority of Americans. They probably, in the next election, will just take stock and say to themselves, "Last time we voted for the guy we wanted to have a beer with. That didn't work out so well."
Let's hope this time around voters realize they should get a beer with their friends and, for president, elect the most qualifed individual.