Dems open the smoke-filled room, and Gore pours out

posted at 10:52 am on March 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

What could be less democratic than a major political party nominating a candidate for President who didn’t receive a single vote in the primaries? That would create the biggest example of smoke-filled-room politics and the biggest underhanded manipulation by a political party in decades. And ironically, it’s the Democrats who have begun laying the groundwork for exactly that scenario by pushing Al Gore as an alternative to the two candidates who have raised hundreds of millions from their followers to finish in a virtual dead heat:

Plans for Al Gore to take the Democratic presidential nomination as the saviour of a bitterly divided party are being actively discussed by senior figures and aides to the former vice-president.

The bloody civil war between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has left many Democrats convinced that neither can deliver a knockout blow to the other and that both have been so damaged that they risk losing November’s election to the Republican nominee, John McCain. …

Two former Gore campaign officials have told The Sunday Telegraph that a scenario first mapped out by members of Mr Gore’s inner circle last May now has a sporting chance of coming true.

Desperation leads the unwise to folly, and this is perhaps the best example yet seen. The party establishment, which created the superdelegate conundrum that now threatens to split the Democrats, want to avoid that result by pushing not one but both popular candidates out of the race. Rather than having the establishment choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, which threatens to have a significant portion of both camps defect to John McCain, they want to enrage everyone by offering the loser of the 2000 campaign as their hand-picked alternative.

Well, good luck with that. In terms of demographics, Al Gore is no Barack Obama. It won’t make much difference whether the establishment picks Hillary, Gore, or the clone of Bill Clinton if they torpedo Obama while he leads in delegates to the African-American voters in the party. Theft is still theft, and putting Obama on as VP won’t mollify them one bit — nor should it. How is that any different than nominating Hillary over Obama, except that Hillary has actually built an electoral following and a large list of contributors?

The notion that this solves anything is patently absurd. Besides, Gore’s biggest issue has already been negated by John McCain, who supports American action on global-warming issues. Gore has done nothing on any other public policy over the last eight years. He played footsie with Hollywood and flew private jets all over the world to scold people over their energy use, and turned himself into a one-note activist who won’t even be able to play that single tone in an election against McCain.

If the Democrats worry about having the establishment make the decision on the nomination — and they should — the worst possible alternative would be to foist a retread who didn’t even bother to enter the campaign as their solution. Even at the best of times, Gore polled behind both Obama and Hillary among Democrats. Can you imagine how he’ll do in the general election, especially as the product of a sleazy backroom deal intended to steal the nomination from two candidates who have worked for over a year and garnered so much support?

All I can say is this: Rove, you magnificent bastard.

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Gore can’t be President this time around. God has already appointed him to be the man in the moon.

Travis1 on March 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Ya know, perhaps you haven’t heard…Gore won the Nobel Prize and the Academy Award.

Ah, yes, the Nobel Prize. So he’s in fine company – with Rigoberta Menchu, who won for her imagined autobiography, which turned out to have been woven out of whole cloth by one of her leftist feminist friends.

Seriously all, I have GOT to stop reading this while drinking coffee. I keep having to clean the monitor and the keyboard after failed attempts to swallow and howl with laughter.

Orson Buggeigh on March 30, 2008 at 6:59 PM

The Democratic Party bigwigs created this problem. Start with the idea that they are only concerned with obtaining raw, naked power. Doesn’t matter if the opponent is Republican or other Democrats, the objective is obtaining power. Unfortunately (for them), two candidates are neck-and-neck with the party faithful. Both candidates are unwilling to compromise for a unifying ballot that most in the party could be confortable with. The objective of the party bigwigs is to win in 2008. Backing one candidate or the other WILL alienate a good part of those already committed to one candidate or the other. It does not surprise me that The Goracle’s people are involved in this. Some say Al is too busy making money, or that Al is on a save-the-earth kick. BULL! Al is and always has been about Al. More money? He has all he needs and them some. Al wants and needs attention. He’ll be pushed as a party “unifier”. HE has a Noble Peace Prize. HE has an Academy Award. HE was Vice-President, just a heart beat away from the presidency. What other candidate can say that? HE can be billed as “Savior of the Party, Savior of the World, Savior of the Nation”. I can already hear the alleluia chorus in the background! And just think, the icing on the cake for Al will be that he can do all this, and get political revenge on the Clinton’s as payback for their ‘support’ in 2000. Remember: HE’s rested, HE’s Ready!!

GarandFan on March 30, 2008 at 7:24 PM

What could be less democratic than a major political party nominating a candidate for President who didn’t receive a single vote in the primaries?

If write-in candidates are allowed, I’m sure Al Gore got at least a dozen votes across the country.

daryl_herbert on March 30, 2008 at 7:56 PM

I’ve been sitting here anxiously awaiting a new episode of “How do they Do It?” on the Science Channel. They were going to do a full show on how the DNC chooses a presidential candidate. I waited all day only to find out that it was canceled due to extreme and arcane complexity. They said it was so complex, convoluted and possibly corrupt that it defied explanation. That, and the threat of a lawsuit by the DNC, who claimed that they could not afford for Democrat voters to have any actual insight into the inner workings of the Party of the People.

But, all is not lost… I am now free to watch the 35th rerun of “Global Warming, how Conservatives have DOOMED us ALL”. I never get tired of that.

TheCulturalist on March 30, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Shouldnt we be acting as if we were frightened of this scenario? Sssssshhhhhhhh, we should use their fantasies against them.

javamartini on March 30, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Al gore, is there a bigger waste of carbon credit space?

sMack on March 30, 2008 at 10:35 PM

quoth javamartini
Shouldnt we be acting as if we were frightened of this scenario? Sssssshhhhhhhh, we should use their fantasies against them.

javamartini on March 30, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Umm, do you think McCain, who’s clearly trying to tap into the Green Scene, would really draw voters against The Goracle?

The same Goracle who created the internet?

The same Goracle who started the green movement in the first place?

(both attributions are equally accurate…but people still believe this cow manure!)

This does concern me.

Gore tried in 2000 and lost (barely) and the Green Scene has grown enormously since then.


acat on March 30, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Gore would do just that to the Democratic Party. Stain it red and kill it dead.

Math_Mage on March 31, 2008 at 3:02 AM

(2) headline stories for the Goracle…

FORT KENT, Maine — It’s official. The 2007-08 snow season in northern Maine is one for the record books. Just in time for the start of spring.

The old record of 181.1 inches of snow recorded in Caribou, set in 1955, was shattered by noontime Friday when the National Weather Service in Caribou recorded 182.5 inches of snow since the start of the season.

It didn’t stop there.

Heavy snow and winds gusting up to 50 mph continued throughout the day, creating blizzard conditions around much of northern Maine and causing numerous vehicle accidents and headaches for municipalities already overextended with snow removal budgets.

Former vice president Al Gore will launch a three-year, $300 million campaign Wednesday aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a move that ranks as one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history.

The Alliance for Climate Protection’s “we” campaign will employ online organizing and television advertisements on shows ranging from “American Idol” to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” It highlights the extent to which Americans’ growing awareness of global warming has yet to translate into national policy changes, Gore said in an hour-long phone interview last week. He said the campaign, which Gore is helping to fund, was undertaken in large part because of his fear that U.S. lawmakers are unwilling to curb the human-generated emissions linked to climate change.

“This climate crisis is so interwoven with habits and patterns that are so entrenched, the elected officials in both parties are going to be timid about enacting the bold changes that are needed until there is a change in the public’s sense of urgency in addressing this crisis,” Gore said. “I’ve tried everything else I know to try. The way to solve this crisis is to change the way the public thinks about it.”

Keemo on March 31, 2008 at 8:03 AM