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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Good News for "President" Al Gore?

Once considered the dark horse wonderboy of the Democratic Party, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner said Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. His reasons? He doesn't want "to put everything else in my life on the back burner. While politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge, at this point, I want to have a real life," he said in a statement which appears on his political action committee web site.

Warner's decision is good news for former vice president Al Gore, who almost certainly will be joining the race despite coy attempts to play down his interest. He's been very creative in his "I have no interest in running at this time" evasive non-committals. But as many Democrats believe, the timing couldn't be better for Gore. Gore insiders have been saying for over a year that he'll be running.

As I've written in the past, the events of the last six years have greatly enhanced Gore's stature. What Al Gore represents today is honesty, integrity and a continuance of the peace and prosperity of the 1990's that he and Bill Clinton gave America. Gore's the guy you want running the country in these troubled times. We need a creative, intelligent, articulate president with a natural curiosity, a solid grasp of the issues, strong leadership skills, and a respect and appreciation for diplomacy.

We're a nation at war in Iraq with no end in sight. We face nuclear threats from N. Korea and Iran. Afghanistan is once again on the brink of being overrun by a resurgent Taliban and drug lords. Hurricane Katrina has shown that we are woefully unprepared for natural disaster here at home. Global warming, Gore's signature issue, is no longer just a concern of science geeks. The economy faces serious challenges, spending is out of control, energy prices are high, job creation is weak and real wages are stagnant. Washington, D.C. under Republican rule has been rife with corruption and scandal. Can you imagine a better table-setting for The Goracle?

As 2008 rapidly approaches, the next big question is whether Sen. Hillary Clinton will abandon her New York constituency and attempt to be the first Senator since John Kennedy to become president. But just ask most Democrats who they'd vote for, Gore or Clinton, and you may begin to answer that question yourself.


  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Dicky Neely said…

    I have a Gore 2008 sticker on the back of my car right now!

  • At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Obama is the man for 2008.

    If I hear one more person say he doesn't have enough experience I'll scream.

    Bush I, Bush II, Dole, Gore, Modale, Kerry all had experience. Look where it got us.

    The time is right for a candidate that represents something new.
    O-bama 0-8.

  • At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Obama is the right man but not for this next presidential election. He would not get enough votes from the remaining closeted racists in the same way Hillary would not get enough votes because of in the closet misogynists. Look at the South. The blacks and the whites do not even attend the same churces in the small towns and the Baptist Church has ruled that a woman should walk a few feet behind her husband. That's why Jimmy Carter left the church. A black man and a woman don't yet have a chance of being elected president in America today.We've got to be practical and pick someone who has nothing stacked against him. Our future depends on it. Get in a Democrat and we can deal with those issues as Democrats have done effectively in the past. As for Gore, he's got to get rid of some of his irritating mannerisms. Yes, the public is that fickle.

  • At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gore is the guy in these dangerous times. He knows about foreign policy, domestic policy and the environment and he does NOT need to give up any irritating mannerisms. You trying to put the comedians of this country out of business?

  • At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Until the rednecks and bible thumpers can think beyond the next NASCAR race or church meetin', the likes of Hillary and Obama don't have a chance. Sorry, but America still has a huge number of bigoted, uneducated, and unwilling to change voters.

    We're in agreement with the previous two posters. It's a long road to where Obama and Hillary stand a chance.

  • At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    See the 11:50 pm comment on the next story, "Bush Predicts GOP Victories in November..."

  • At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    REl 11l50 comment on 'bush predicts GOP ..."

    When people say Elect the Democrats we mean the huge numbers of Americans who agree with the historial platfform of the Democratic Pary -- the party that gave is Social Secufig. Civil Rights etc. Just because the curent Dems in office are jerks doesn't mean the Democratic Party comprised of citizens is worthless. We get these jerks in at least and then pressure them to do the will of the people. They are not free agents you know and it's up to "the people" to make them reflect our wishes or we kick them out of office. Remember -- democracy????

  • At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Too many people of faith have been sucked into believing that the Repubs are the party of "values" (yea right) and the party picked by God. Even though a just released book (Tempting Faith) written by a former insider (and a religious conservative)working in the Faith Based Program department tells exactly what Rove and Bush think of Evangelical Christians (nuts, loony, crazy to name a few)

    Combine them with the NASCAR folks who think they will lose their guns and it will be a hard nut to crack. (not to mention that many of these folks hate Gays too)

    Who knows? Economists are predicting a recession in 2007 and if the above Repubs (or their children) finally get whacked bad, they just might take a look at someone besides a lying Repub.

    By all predictions, the ranks of the Dems will continue to grow so I do have hope down the road.

    It's next month I worry the most about. If the Dems do not get control of at least the House, I shudder to think what the last two years of Bush will be like.

    I can't help wonder if the Repubs will just fix the machines and use dirty tactics to suppress the vote. I hate feeling that we can't trust that the votes will be counted. I have never felt this way in my life.

  • At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. Both sat idly by as the gov't suspended habeas corpus, stole private lands, caged demonstrators, banned books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, conducted warrant-less wiretaps, and start 2 illegal wars based on lies. It doesn't matter who you vote for, Diebold machines will give a vote to the neo-con, zionist candidate.
    Be defiant, support indy media.
    Final link (before Google Books bends to pressure and drops the title):
    America Deceived (book)

  • At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bring on the good cop we're all tired of the bad one. Maybe the good cop will give us a low cost subsidised bandaid for the beatings bestoyed on us by the bad cop. Then we can sleep peacefully in our cells. But there'll be hell to pay when the bad cop comes around again and confiscates that bandaid.

    Quit looking to these crumbums and look towards your own communities by electing some decent people in. Perhaps in this manner we can slowly change the quality of our representation.

    Treat the cause not the symptom.

    Take 10 minutes to talk to the people around you tell them what you think about OUR country and listen to their thoughts.

    Gore would have you believe global warming is most important, thats fine but until the evil doers learn a lesson about compassion and empathy nothing will be done about it.

    The cannonization of criminality is there way.

    Go your way and lead by example.

    If you're still following, you're failing...

    check out

  • At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Democracy" is a nice concept. Look up its definition and then compare the concept with the reality of your experience. I've been alive 50 years and have yet to see real democracy. It does not exist. The "illuminated" puppet masters pull the strings from behind the curtain.

  • At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Mica said…

    Gore-Obama... that's my Dream Team! GO... GO... Has a nice ring!

  • At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    2:45 Perhaps its time for we the people to take to the streets and march on Washington to demand our rights and the need for better government. The only people living here who have shown that kind of concern, energy, protest and passion are the illegal immigrants. Those in power still need the people's support and they therefore care what we think or they wouldn't go to the trouble to lie, spin, manipulate and cover-up. If we didn't have any power those in office would simply do as they choose without concern for our opinion; and, should we disagree them sould simply arrest us and then execute us. All is not lost yet.

  • At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If we don't get some power in O6'(because of voting machine fraud...??), then YES...we need to take to the streets. Blogging is great - but it is not enough.

    For now, though...
    GORE/OBAMA 2008 !!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yah think Gore will go with Obama? It's a nice thought, but expect a Warner or Edwards type on the Gore ticket. Still can the Goracle or any Dem beat the McCainiac?

  • At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Le Goracle simply has the biggest stones, brains, experience, and, if you will, emotional intelligence. No one can touch him for those things. I've followed him for a loooong time. Not to mention the fact that he without a doubt the only individual truly capable of starting to clean up and restore our image and our moral compass.

  • At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    gore is a long time cfr member. he is a puppet and as such, his ultimate agenda is no different than bush. WAKE UP!!!

  • At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WAKE UPPPPPPPPP EVERYONE!!!! Even if a Democrat comes in nothing much will be changed. Doesn't anyone remember Kerry saying we need MORE troops in Iraq to finish the job. Whatever job that is right now. They aren't letting us know but ever hear any of them talk about the oil? They talk about everything else in Iraq but nothing about the oil. They are all stealing it and they will stay there until it's gone. Period. We will pay for it too. The Dems will act like they will do better for the middle and lower income and they will but it will never be the way it should be. America was started by and for white rich men. That's what it will continue to be. We have been sent back years on the bills. If we dissent we can be put in detention camps. Yes, in America. They just passed the bill as everyone was talking about Foley, which nothing will be done about him anyway and they knew that. In 2003 I heard a Democrat say, Let's face it, there are no surprises in Washington DC." Which means they are all in on what is going on. Surely you have figured this out by now. We need the whole lot of them out of DC as soon as possible. If the 2006 vote is stolen or if we go to war in Iran God help us if we don't get up off our a..... and demand better. I would never say take our govt. back or I could be put in one of those detention camps. Thanks to this congress and senate recently. Do your research. There are websites that tell you what bills were passed and who voted for them (most all of them). Also a website that tells you where your congressperson and senators stand on issues. Very surprising. I would say if you have young healthy adults and don't want them in a war for oil get them out of America if you can. The Iran Freedom Act was passed recently. Warships have been moving out. God help us because they are that crazy.

  • At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You got it dead-on right. AL GORE IS SIMPLY THE ONLY DEMOCRAT OUT THERE WITH A CHANCE TO BEAT THE GOP AND ITS CORPORATE MEDIA MANIPULATION CAMPAIGN THAT IS SURE TO COME. He has the stature and experience to withstand the GOP attacks and to fight back. No other Democrat does. And Hillary? Well, if the Dem's want to lose again, sure! Perhaps wealthy GOP insiders are funding her nomination campaign already!!!

  • At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1:53 You sound like one of those do-nothing Democrats you're criticizing. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN? WHO WOULD YOU PUT IN OFFICE BESIDES THE DEMS OR REPUBLICANS? Or perhaps you'd prefer anarchy You probably have your bunker picked out. We have TWO choices. Democrats or Republicans. And the choiCe is obvious - the Democrats must get elected to save the country. And we have ONE choice as a likely candidate to win: AL GORE. THen you can work on a viable third party if you care to.

  • At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    =I helped elect Al Gore in 2000 and will be very pleased to cast my vote for Gore&Edwards in 2008.For now i will vote straight democrate ticket this November.Please lets ALL BE SURE TO VOTE ****

  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, he started Current TV and made this movie just for this purpose even after just saying in Paris that this process is toxic. Boy, you really don't have a good opinion of his character do you? You think he is just as corrupted, devious, and dishonest as all the rest of them. No wonder he said this process was toxic.

    But keep pushing and harrassing the man and bring him to another possible loss. Then it will be on your consciences since you can't think beyond your own selfish Party platforms that KEEP LOSING because no one else wants to get off their asses and do the right thing, only pine for Al Gore to save them.

    People also keep saying that Gore is the right man for these dangerous times without even admitting they are dangerous because they let it happen. Gore was here in 2000, and the people didn't stand up for him. He was here in 2004, and nothing. Now all of a sudden he is the man because he wouldn't have to run against BUSH? Spare me. If these times are so dangerous and he is such a sure thing, he should have run in 2004 to keep BUSH OUT. Both parties failed us these last six years, and I won't soon forget it no matter who the Party elitists put up in 2008.

    Al Gore also isn't one of them anymore from what he has shown, but if he is after all that has gone down and this movie, book, tv station, and other endeavors are really just a smokescreen, then shame on him and the people who betray the trust of those out here who realy DO care. Nice way to give the WRONG impression of his character and his endeavors. Keep pushing this speculative political hogwash.

  • At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Al Gore is an idiot. Global warming doesn't exist. How many hurricanes this year?? 0!! Hurricane season is over, yet Al Gore's movie uses a hurricane cloud on it's trailer. Everyone knows hurricanes have nothing to do with the Global Warming myth.

    Al Gore 2.0 is not better than ever. He lost in 2000 because he couldn't even win his home state.

  • At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do you really think that Gore would participate in the insane US politics again where "star-power" matters more than how someone voted for the Iraq resolution? Where you are automatically considered a viable presidential candidate if you have millions in the bank? Where 80% of that money is spent on brainwhashing the masses with 30 second TV ads? Where pundit after pundit pull things out of their collective ass and attack candidates with that shit? Where by simply entertaining the voters with applause lines can win more votes than talking to them about an executive order or an intelligence memo? Where it's not enough to be competent and honest you also have to be fucking exciting to have any chance to get elected? Where you have millions of morons like this anonymous who says there were no hurricanes this year and "everyone" knows global warming has nothing to do with the strenght of stropical storms? And who doesn't even know Tennessee and what kind of voters live there but blames Gore for not kissing their asses enough to win their votes?

    Did you listen to Gore in recent years? No way that he would play that idiotic game again. It's for political animals like the Clintons and Karl Rove, sick minded people who LOVE this insane, unfair, irrational business we call politics nowadays, and who think there is nothing wrong with all this until you can fool enough sheep to win a damn office in Washington.

    Gore thinks everything is wrong with it and until you have voters like anonymus nothing will change.

  • At 9:08 PM, Blogger Jan said…

    THANK YOU to the previous anonymous poster. If I didn't know any better I would think these blogs are being run by Republicans, or at the very least Democrats who don't even listen to what the man says, because they sure are itching to push Mr. Gore back into that cesspool fast. He is too good and too smart for this cr**, and I hope he stays out of it. What he is doing right now is a GOOD THING for our planet, and actually, I'm tired of people dismissing that simply because there isn't a title in front of his name.

    He served this country well for over a quarter of a century, and is now a great statesman and advocate for our planet who has stated:"been there, done that." And I agree. He is moving on to better things now, and it is such a shame that so many who claim to support him can't even support his endeavors without political speculation attached to it.

  • At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    9:08 said "If I didn't know any better I would think these blogs are being run by Republicans ..." This blog is not being "run" by Republicans but is, however, being infiltrated by Republican "moles", one of whom I'm sure is 9:08. The Republicans have been pushing Hillary as a candidate and the moles on this blog have been dimissing Gore as one. They are obviously afraid Gore would win and are using their usual covert methods to manipulate opinion. What "better things" is Gore moving on to? And in what position other than the President could he do "better things." Your phony concern for Gore's personal welfare is comical.

  • At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    C'mom folks...Gore is still a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)whose sole agenda is global governance precipitated by the dismantling of America's Constitution. He is in collusion with the all the other tyrant politicians subscribing to the CFR/Bilderberg/NWO agenda. Every incumbent should be voted out and replaced entirely by people in the Constitutionalist Party!

  • At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The defeatocrats who post on this blog are such a waste of skin, but I love you all! Anonymous 10:26 is the type of democrat that keeps this conservative coming back for more laughs. Jan is denounced as a "republican mole" because (s)he doesn't think Gore should run for President. So much for "peace through intellectual debate" from the left. You either support their agenda 100% or you are thrown to the curb as a republican mole. A perfect example is Joe Lieberman, who voted identically to Hillary Clinton 80% of the time, yet he is aborted by the Defeatocrats and she is glorified as the next Defeatocratic candidate for the Presidency.

  • At 10:31 PM, Anonymous sick-of-anons said…

    It's too bad that anons are hijacking the comments. Get an alias and participate for real. "Defeatocrat"? Anon 9:41 calls others a waste of skin and yet comes out with that tired term? Get a life, ya mook.

    A Gore 2008 run would motivate a lot of people, certainly a lot more than Kerry 2004, and I surely quite a few more than Hillary 2008. Kerry's recent combative stance is appreciated, but obviously calculated just like everything Hillary does. Obama won't be a viable candidate for 2008 if nothing else for the fact that after 8 years of The Shrub and Darth Cheney, America will not be ready to embrace its first black President, no matter all the good things he might say or do - of which there is not enough time between now and 2008 that Obama can say or do. Hate to say it but that's how it seems here in reality-ville.

    For all the CFR paranoids here, please join the 21st century and become relevant. There's lots of corporatist militarist fascistic boogeymen to deal with here in the 21st century, but trying to make Al Gore out to be one of them is wildly off the mark. Gore is not perfect, but nobody is perfect, let alone ANYONE who would choose to seek the office of POTUS.

    I welcome the 2008 candidacies of Gore, Feingold, Kerry, Edwards and Dean. No one else has put forward anything else worth considering in the last few years. My biggest hope is that the DLC folds and its minions fade away. They've been losing elections for too long.

  • At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have every confidence that on January 20th, 2009 the attention of the entire world will be focused on the gleaming granite steps of our Capitol Building as Albert Gore Jr. take the Oath of Office from Justice Roberts. It will mark the beginning of an American redemption, an awakening of something we once called "hope", it will signal to the rest of the World that America is coming back, that we can be believed again, that we can be believed in again, as well...

    I think it poetic, that the man cheated in 2000, ridiculed and berated as stiff, distant and "poll driven" has emerged as the only Democrat of stature to have the courage to stand fully against this criminal enterprise we call the Bush Administration.

    He will face a Herculean task, for the stables are not only full of excrement but somebody sold the horses to some shady gamblers and the feedbag is not only empty but the seed corn is gone as well. No other American, eligible for the Office, is as well equipped to deal with it…

    The Election of 2008 will be like none we have ever witnessed, at least recently. Al Gore will emerge as the consensus candidate in 2008, and by consensus I mean just that. He will be nominated by acclimation on the first ballot after being endorsed by all his potential opponents, including a much relieved HRC.

    The poetic symmetry of Al Gore being elected President to clean up the mess created by the man who was appointed President by the Supreme Court in the wake of the theft of Florida is compelling.

    The fact of life that bothers Republicans even more is the demonstrated ability of the netroots to jump start a Presidential campaign and the expressed desire of a large number of us to do so for Al Gore. Combined with Gore’s positions on the Iraq War and the illegal expansion of the Executive’s power, the spotlight on the looming environmental crisis creates an agenda based on moral imperatives, right versus wrong, rather than right versus left.

    Any contest fought on this higher moral plane, as opposed to such pressing issues as flag burning, the preservation of the assets of the very wealthy and the protection of marriage from the onslaught of gate crashing homosexuals will result in a Republican rout, and most of them know it.

    Everybody except Denny Hassert, apparently…

    Now I know that all the snarkers and kneekickers out there are probably oiling up the old keyboards to denounce my little bit of poetry…and I know it sounds like a pipe dream, sounds implausible… yada, yada…But considering the course of events over the last several years and the real urgency of our situation, it doesn’t sound as kooky as electing Newt Gingrich or Bill Frist, ideas that the mainstream media finds completely plausible. Why even the elevation of a third Bush, Jeb, to the purple is not beyond their consideration, wasting considerable paper and ink over the last few months.

    So…consider where we were on Halloween night 2000 and where we are now and then tell me it can’t happen…


    Al Gore will be elected in 2008
    Not because he is running
    But because he is LEADING!

  • At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    4:06 "From your mouth to God's ears."

  • At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    boy, that was stupid 'poetry'. I think I saw a more poetic turd in the toilet this morning.

  • At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    11:49 Why don't you try smelling the coffee in the morning instead. It's at least culturally more acceptable, or don't you Repugs care?

  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Al Snore said…

    Do you smoke cigarettes? Al Snore says cigarette smokers contribute SIGNIFICANTLY to GlobalWarming.

    If you are a cigarette smoker, you can no longer complain about GlobalWarming. You disgusting liberals, puffing away at the cigarettes, throwing them out of your car windows. You are all disgusting people.

  • At 11:01 AM, Anonymous sick-of-anons said…

    Reich-wing trolls are pathetic.

  • At 11:01 AM, Anonymous sick-of-anons said…

    Reich-wing trolls are pathetic.

  • At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    can you say it again, numskull?

  • At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    can you say it again, numskull?

  • At 1:02 PM, Anonymous sick-of-anons said…

    Didn't mean to say it twice. The word verification system here sometimes seems to hiccup. But this little altercation with anononumskull and the posts above have inspired my own poetic musing......

    Reich-wing trolls
    So pathetic and flaccid
    Typing away desperately
    While their wives lay placid
    Wishing their humorless hubbys held lead
    For more than a couple of minutes in bed
    Use all your passion
    On blogs as you wish
    But all of us libs
    Will have fun as we dish
    On your packs of wild lies and paranoid rants
    And occasional ribs at that joke in your pants
    You talk like tough guys
    And slander our vets
    But you've never served
    I'm willing to bet
    So keep typing away at your misspelled screeds
    When was the last time you did a good deed?
    Helped out the poor?
    Gave a charity a dime?
    Acted like Jesus did
    All of the time?

  • At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1:02 BRAVO and thank you. Please publish, although I suspect you do.

  • At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Please enlighten us with your latest charity experience.

  • At 12:22 PM, Anonymous sick-of-anons said…

    I found volunteering for a children's literacy program to be extremely rewarding.

  • At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds nice. Did you actually do anything, or did you just 'volunteer' to do something? What did you do?

  • At 11:16 AM, Anonymous sick-of-anons said…

    I spend about 3 hours a week helping kids learn and improve their reading and writing skills.

    What about you?

    If you have a point to make, you should do it now.

  • At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    9:31 You could benefit by enrolling in Sick-of-anons' classes. You could also use a charm class, but first things first.

  • At 3:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said… just bidding his time he will be our next President will see! Why? Right now he his just reaping his financial rewards on the down low from his movie " The inconveinent truth" especially after it won an "Oscar" and he his also expected to receive a "Nobel Prize" this Fall.....what more do you want for a payback credentials Oh! yeah! I forgot also millionaire...he is creating an excellent attraction to himself by being charmingly evasive for good reasons! When he does decide to anounce his run for presidency it will shake up the world. As I said he does'nt need the money like "Clinton or Obama" they are now hustling for what he has already which is money for a campaign...? Let's put it this way millions of people will have different opinions on this matter but it does'nt even matter he will win hands down unless "The almighty God takes him away" which we don't want! Remember you read this " THE GORE RISING" 2009 ! BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

  • At 3:44 PM, Anonymous racer said…



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