Al Gore’s turn to Answer the Call

Posted July 17th, 2007 by Sylvia S Tognetti and filed in Civics 101

Al Gore may not have any plans to run again, but James Boyce has a plan for him, which I second. As Boyce points out, we don’t need any more candidates to learn from losing. Al Gore has been there, done that, and learned already. The best part:

Al Gore thinks he is a lousy politician, he’s right. He is. We need some lousy politicians who say what they mean and mean what they say. We need some lousy politicians who can’t stop themselves from rolling their eyes when a member of the press asks a moronic question. We need someone who points out how stupid the captions are on t.v. shows. We need Al Gore.

One of the lessons that should have been learned when Reagan won, is that it it possible to stick to your principles and still win an election. Whether you agreed with Reagan or not (and I did not), we all knew where he stood. At the time of that election, I was taking a political science 101 class in which we were all told Reagan would never win because he was a fringe candidate – to win, candidates have to play for the middle ground. As election day drew near, the professor predicted that Reagan would win if if rained on election day because Republicans vote rain or shine. ok, there was also a hostage crisis. But it doesn’t negate my point. We know where Al Gore stands and if he would just answer the call, those who haven’t been paying attention would know too. He is the only person with the vision and the experience to chart a new course – starting with the way to run an election campaign (see Boyce).

Michael Yaki, in an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, expresses a similar view:

if Gore is truly serious about leading the effort to solve, as he has termed it, “the most dangerous crisis we’ve ever faced,” he must look to himself, because that effort must depend on credible, bold leadership inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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