As I've been saying for over two years now, Al Gore will run for president in 2008. And also as I've been saying for some time, he's waiting patiently on the sidelines for the two front-runners--Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama--to slug it out. When it gets ugly enough, he'll leap over the carnage to the front of the line. And make no mistake: these two opportunists are getting as ugly on each other as white on rice. For Clinton and Obama, the stakes are tremendous. One wants to be the nation's first black president, the other its first female. Hillary comes from the Clinton school of highly aggressive, highly calculating, political mastery. Obama's the smooth "stay-above-the-fray" guy who's already shown that he can fray it with the best of 'em. And Gore's the guy who's kickin' back and waiting for the girl and boy-wonder to deflate each other's heretofore colossal hype.
Last week David Geffen got the flying fur off to an early start when he made sweet L.A. music with Obama, helping the junior Senator and presidential hopeful rake in a cool $1.3-Beverly Hills million from his rich and powerful friends on the Left Coast. This is the same Geffen whose nose used to be so far up Bill Clinton's butt that he could see Hope, AR. Adding insult to injury, the music mogul told NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Hillary was unelectable and questioned both Clintons' ethics and trustworthiness: "Everyone in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling."
Enter The War Room. Clinton's chief spokesman, Howard Wolfson, aggressively responded by demanding that Obama disavow attacks from Geffen and return his money if Obama is "indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics." This brought a terse, sarcastic reply from Obama's chief spokesman, Robert Gibbs: "We aren't going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom."
Meow! And it's only February '07, for Pete's Sake. By Summer, Gore will likely be stepping over the bodies to claim his rightful frontrunner status. And what's that you say...you need even another reason it's clear Gore will be tossing his hat into this three-ring circus? Check out the new and improved slimmer Goracle at Sunday's Oscars. Now if that isn't proof he's running.....
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