As the 2008 Presidential race starts to shape up one thing is for sure there is not a whole lot of enthusiasm for any of the candidates of the Democratic Party. This is quite obvious by the fact that a huge movement is getting underway to draft Al Gore. The feeling of the majority of the Democrats is that there is no way that Hillary Clinton can win and most of the other candidates are behind Gore already in recent polls in several states although he is not even in the race. If you look at him against the Republicans leading candidate Giuliani you will see that Gore a non- candidate is doing just as well in the polls against Giuliani as Clinton is. Giuliani leads Clinton 48 to 41 percent and Gore 49 to 41 percent. This tells one that even though Gore is not in the race he has great recognition by the public and a large amount of supporters that desire his presence in this race. He on the other hand says he has no intention to run and one wonders why this is? You would think with the weak cast of Democrats other than Clinton if he had any desire to be President he would throw his hat into the ring. Did he after the 2000 campaign lose his desire for the greatest office in the free world? Is he content with the way things are in his life and will never run again? These questions will soon be answered because if he does not accept the challenge this year he may never be a viable candidate again. There is no question he could win against anyone the Republicans have in the race now. Giuliani has policies that once exposed will make him very vulnerable to Independents and this alone could throw the race in Gore’s favor. Other than McCain who is a hardline conservative there is no competition and one would think If Gore ever hoped to be President he would get in this race and get in it now.
Gore seems to have a majority of policies that are favorable to the American public. He is more liberal than he wants to appear, but he is in the center enough on many main issues to draw considerable support from moderate Republicans and also huge support from the independent factor. He should come off very well with the younger generation, blacks, hispanics, women, and should be able to garner enough support in these areas to offset the huge non support he would receive from middle aged men. The one asset he has there is that the middle aged men’s group doesn’t have a lot of enthusiasm for Giuliani either. I’m sure this is where McCain is strongest and would be his major support If he can somehow win the Republican nomination. At the moment he does not appear to have the overall support to beat Giuliani for the nomination. So If were looking at four candidates that seem to be the frontrunners who would the American people most likely select from Giuliani, Clinton, McCain, or Gore? I think Al Gore would have a tremendous shot to win the Democratic nomination and also the Presidency. Look at these factors.
In 2000 he won the popular vote and seemed to have the election when Florida was called for him by all three networks. In an amazing turn of events Florida suddenly became suspicious and a lot of irregularites as people all over were saying they were refused the right to vote, did not know how to vote, or they didn’t punch the ballot all the way through and it was disallowed. Then the heated recount where Lawyers stood over counters and decisions had to be made as to whom many ballots voted for. It was probably the most horrible moment in Amercan election history. A man who had won the popular vote would lose the election If he did not win the electoral votes of Florida. In the end with many believing that the all the votes of that state were not counted the Supreme Court ended the election and George Bush was the winner. Still somehow Gore had rallied a huge turnout in Democratic states and had overwhelmed Bush in the overall vote count. Considering this isn’t it possible he could do it again with the almost certainty of going up against a far less formidable opponent than George Bush? Isn’t this why there is a draft movement abroad by the Democrats to draft Gore. They don’t see anyone out there from either party that is better than he is and many believe he is the only Democrat that can win.
The positives are that Gore has ran before and one would suspect everyone who voted for him would do so again. Also none of the Republican candidates has the clout of George Bush, or so it would seem, and it is highly unlikely that any of them could do as well in several key states as Bush did. Third the low level of popularity of George Bush makes it tough for any of the candidates to use him for help, though Giuliani seems to be taking that course. Gore is much more in line with American majority on most of the important issues than any of the other Democrats in the race. He was part of the administration that balanced the budget and created a huge surplus. These are factors that give him his best opportuity ever to win. He has many positives, but also some negatives. He could not even win his home state of Tennessee which If he had Florida would have never been necessary. He comes off as a little stiff and unemotional to many people and this was certainly a huge factor in the 2000 race. He has almost no support in the men’s middle aged group and would have to get huge support from minorities, women, and young people to win the election. Finally this would be his last chance and a loss would end his political aspirations and hope to be President forever. One wonders though when the opportunity will ever be better?
Whatever happens in the next few months one can say that if Gore decides not to run he has missed the best opportunity he will ever have in his lifetime to be President. Whatever you think of the man, good or bad, he has been a part of a very successful administration, has really worked for the causes he believes in, and has a good idea of what he would do if he were elected President. The cry is run for President Al Gore and now we wait to see If he will answer the call.