Conservative columnist George F. Will is the latest major pundit to predict that former vice president Al Gore Jr. will make another run for the White House in 2008, joining Robert Novak, Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Tony Blankley and others in the media and in Washington political circles who've already crystal-balled Gore's renewed presidential ambitions.
In his column Sunday, Will contends that Gore's concern over the environment, and the grave threat global warming poses to the world, will compel The Goracle to toss his hat into the ring.
We've written for almost a year now on this blog that Gore is The Comeback Kid , the "New Nixon" who will no doubt seek the presidency in '08 in what is likely his best opportunity to win. So it's especially gratifying to watch those influential in the mainstream media join the party as well.
Will's main premise is that Gore has inextricably tied the office of the presidency to the fight to save the environment. Gore's likely thinking? The biggest threat to our long-term survival is global warming. The clock is ticking. From the presidential pulpit one can mandate reforms and influence change on the global stage. Therefore, if I truly care about saving the world I must become president. This is a hard premise to ignore, especially if Gore is as serious and sincere about the threat of which he repeatedly warns.
In his new book and movie "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore has put a 10-year timetable on the near-term dangers of global warming, a critical threshold he calls the "point of no return" unless there's dramatic change to reduce greenhouse gases. Will points out that this period also coincides with the last year of the second term of the next president, suggesting that Gore sees his calling as something much bigger than merely touring the country with his PowerPoint presentation. "I'm under no illusions that there's any position in the world with as much influence" as the presidency, Gore asserts.
The Iraq war, homeland security, the economy, gas prices and right-wing corruption and cronyism are reasons enough to vote for change and to elect someone like Gore. But the dangers we face from global warming, and the raping of the environment by Repuglicans and their pals in corporate America, make Gore the most attractive choice. Will he, does he see how the country, the world beckons? Public denials aside, I believe it's clear he does. But as Will put it in his analogy to Abraham Lincoln as the future president lamented slavery, Lincoln did not exclaim: "That does it! Instead of running for president, I am going to prepare a PowerPoint presentation." Let's hope Gore agrees that he and his laptop will have greater power when plugged into the Oval Office.