Republicans for Gore!

posted at 1:21 pm on March 17, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Before anyone starts throwing snowballs at me, let me explain why a Republicans for Gore movement should start immediately. Noah leaped to the conclusion that this would only appeal to “the pews at the Church of Vox,” but he’s in error. In fact, an Al Gore challenge to Hillary Clinton would indeed reinforce what Democratic politics are all about, as Ezra Klein argued. In my column for The Week, I agree entirely:

Suddenly, Democrats need a Plan B! But they’re not done with ’90s nostalgia yet. Rather than look to the future of the party, Vox’s Ezra Klein wants to resurrect another Clinton administration figure, Al Gore. “Gore offers a genuinely different view of what the Democratic Party — and, by extension, American politics — should be about,” Klein gushes. “Though he’s been out of office for 15 years, he’s never left the climate fight. Gore has proven himself the opposite of those politicians who love the game more than they care about the issues.”

That’s true — and wildly irrelevant, not just to the election, but also to voters. The most recent Gallup poll on issues puts dissatisfaction with government as the most pressing issue for Americans. Government is the solution proposed by Gore to fight global warming. Meanwhile, climate change doesn’t even make the list, nor do environmental concerns at all. …

But let’s not be hasty in ridiculing this choice. Republicans have every reason to embrace an Al Gore challenge to Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary. Not only would it advance the cause that Democrats will continue a war on coal, but Gore’s return might actually convince voters in coal-rich states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and even Illinois that Republicans will be the better bet for blue-collar voters. As Clinton and Gore tried to out-progressive each other on the “war on women,” the GOP could continue to eat away at the Catholic vote, already dwindling away from Democrats.

Young voters won’t exactly be psyched about two Democratic throwbacks from the ’90s while the GOP backs younger, energetic candidates with track records of accomplishment in executive and legislative roles. But hey, at least Democrats can revel in the debate between two people born before the Korean War.

Don’t be surprised to see Republicans for Gore banners appearing soon … along with peals of laughter. Although the latter won’t come exclusively from Republicans.

Nothing screams relevance to a younger crowd of voters than having a debate between two people who first came to Washington before many of them were even born. In an electorate where populism and anti-establishment sentiment characterize both parties outside the environs of the Beltway, the Battle of the 1990s Establishment Stars will be a thrilling sales pitch. For Republicans.

The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto follows Noah’s lead in wet-blanketism:

“The problem with a Gore candidacy, to be blunt, is Gore,” Klein observes. He notes that the former vice president is a “wooden,” “aging” candidate with a “challenging” relationship to the press. He has “complicated” finances, though Klein doesn’t tell us exactly what that euphemism means, except to note that Gore “made an insane sum of money by selling his cable network to Al Jazeera.”

There’s more: Gore poses as an environmentalist but is in fact “a jet-setting, Davos-attending mansion dweller,” wealthier than Mitt Romney, according to a 2013 Politico report. That opens him to charges of “rank hypocrisy.” And “his personal life isn’t the storybook it once was,” thanks to his 2010 separation from wife Tipper. (Klein says they’re divorced, but at least as of last June, according to London’s Daily Mail, they were still legally married.)

Klein sums up the matter: “I don’t think it particularly likely that even if he did run for president, he would win.” He also notes that “there’s no sign that Gore has even a scintilla of interest in running for president.”

So who’s in favor of a Gore candidacy? Ezra Klein.

For now, James. For now. Republicans need to encourage this movement, to demonstrate that Democrats have a choice in the primary, and independents in the general election. Democrats have the choice between two older establishment figures who sell out their stated causes for their own personal gain whenever given the opportunity. Independents can choose one of those relics, or someone who actually won an election in the past ten years and has a track record of executive accomplishment.

So yes, let’s start the Republicans for Gore movement right now. In the immortal words of John Blutarski … who’s with me?


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Hot Air!!!

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2015 at 1:22 PM

You can almost see the CO2 coming out of Gore’s mouth! Spittle too. It’s getting hot in here!

otlset on March 17, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Um, no.

31giddyup on March 17, 2015 at 1:26 PM

I have a 4×4 broom closet where all of the “Republicans for Gore” can meet and still have plenty of room.

theCork on March 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Manbearpig/Rhino 2016!

Christien on March 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Al Gore was even hilariously mocked and turned into a meme by South Park — ManBearPig/”I’m super cereal!” — which is watched by a lot of young people. Gore also comes off as the stereotypical elitist, left-wing Democrat. “Wealth and private jets for me, not for thee.”

Independents can choose one of those relics, or someone who actually won an election in the past ten years and has a track record of executive accomplishment.

Not if Jebbie Bush becomes the GOP nominee.

Aizen on March 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Gore or Clinton, because the Fascist-Democrats don’t have any new ideas.

rbj on March 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM

“In fact, an Al Gore challenge to Hillary Clinton would indeed reinforce what Democratic politics are all about, as Ezra Klein argued.”
POSTED AT 1:21 PM ON MARCH 17, 2015 BY LIBERAL REPUBLICAN ED MORRISSEY

Ed Morrissey, why do you insist on always using the positive-sounding adjective “Democratic” instead of the more appropriate term “Democrat” as both adjective and noun?

Should be:

In fact, an Al Gore challenge to Hillary Clinton would indeed reinforce what Democrat politics are all about, as Ezra Klein argued.

bluegill on March 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM

A conservative supporting Jeb Bush is just as ridiculous as supporting Al Gore. It just doesn’t sound as superficially shocking.

Fenris on March 17, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Al Gore already has the John Boner vote.

Oil Can on March 17, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Replace someone who thinks he’s a god (Obama) with someone who thinks he’s the prophet of a god (Gaia)?

No thanks. I like to separate religion from government.

ConstantineXI on March 17, 2015 at 1:34 PM

“It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane!!”

No, it’s CHAKRA MAN!

ToddPA on March 17, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Al/Jeb — The Hot Air Party

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2015 at 1:35 PM

wealthier than Mitt Romney

Come on. That’s impossible. Nobody’s as rich as Willard.

Except maybe Scrooge McDuck.

Emperor Norton on March 17, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Real quick now: which of Gore’s predictions in An Inconvenient Truth has come true? [chirp…chirp…chirp]

TarheelBen on March 17, 2015 at 1:37 PM

I don’t think he’ll be willing to reveal his financial information. He might have to explain how simple environmental activism can be turned into a gold mine for the simpleton activist.

RBMN on March 17, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Excelsior!

Teach me how to Bucky on March 17, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Noah leaped to the conclusion that this would only appeal to “the pews at the Church of Vox,” but he’s in error.

Noah is in error quite often, actually.

Aizen on March 17, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Release the ‘Goracle’!

tanked59 on March 17, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Nothing screams relevance to a younger crowd of voters than having a debate between two people who first came to Washington before many of them were even born.

Point of order- Al Gore came to Washington via the womb. He wasn’t much of a debater back then.

Happy Nomad on March 17, 2015 at 1:46 PM

wealthier than Mitt Romney

Come on. That’s impossible. Nobody’s as rich as Willard.

Except maybe Scrooge McDuck.

Emperor Norton on March 17, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Willard earned his wealth. The Goreacle acquired his on the back of the greatest hoax ever perpetuated on Man. It’s the same as a ponzi scheme. And it’s made him very rich indeed, let him buy private jets, large homes right on the oceans he claims Man Made Global Warming will rise, etc.

As I have been saying for years, I will start to take environmental alarmism seriously when I see the alarmists take it seriously in their OWN LIVES FIRST.

IE: when we see them downsize their houses, sell the beachfront property they claim will be destroyed, stop flying on the private jets, stop riding in the limousines, etc.

ConstantineXI on March 17, 2015 at 1:47 PM

He notes that the former vice president is a “wooden,” “aging” candidate with a “challenging” relationship to the press.

Just like Hillary.

He has “complicated” finances

Just like Hillary.

Gore poses as an environmentalist but is in fact “a jet-setting, Davos-attending mansion dweller,”

Just like Hillary.

And “his personal life isn’t the storybook it once was,”

Just like Hillary.

“I don’t think it particularly likely that even if he did run for president, he would win.”

Well, if the pattern holds…

JohnGalt23 on March 17, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Release the ‘Goracle’!

tanked59 on March 17, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Uhhh…sir, the gate is no longer large enough.

Oil Can on March 17, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Mr. Morrissey-

bluegill on March 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Has a valid point.

It is Democrat politics not Democratic politics, two similar words which could mean two entirely different things.

Neitherleftorright on March 17, 2015 at 1:57 PM

I don’t think the party that ran Bob Doleful, Señor McCain and Myturn Romney for President has much room to criticize its friends across the aisle for unimaginative candidate picks.

Jus sayin’.

Dolce Far Niente on March 17, 2015 at 2:01 PM

It’s hard to find a far-left wacko with national name recognition these days so Gore would come to mind. Sad they are even talking about adding him as grandma Clinton competition but expect it shows how shallow their pool is.

tej on March 17, 2015 at 2:05 PM

C’mon, where is nonpartisan, weedisgood, or tlaloc?

C’mon, speak up!

itsspideyman on March 17, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Release the ‘Goracle’!

tanked59 on March 17, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Uhhh…sir, the gate is no longer large enough.

Oil Can on March 17, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Hilarious!

tanked59 on March 17, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Noah leaped to the conclusion that this would only appeal to “the pews at the Church of Vox,” but he’s in error.

You won’t like Noah when you tell him he’s in error.

Mommys Little Darling on March 17, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Hear the petition of your servant,oh Lord!

Please allow Al Gore to run.

Hucklebuck on March 17, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Gore would be a far weaker general election candidate. No “first woman president!” to attract independent and even GOP women. He would need to go left of Clinton as well to win.

A good idea to save our mocking until after the nomination. Go Al!

Bob from Ohio on March 17, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Ed Morrissey, why do you insist on always using the positive-sounding adjective “Democratic” instead of the more appropriate term “Democrat” as both adjective and noun?

Should be:

In fact, an Al Gore challenge to Hillary Clinton would indeed reinforce what Democrat politics are all about, as Ezra Klein argued.

bluegill on March 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM

You’re wrong. The OFFICIAL name of the party of socialists/Marxists/Progressives in this country IS the Democratic Party.

Get a grip and get educated.

Mommys Little Darling on March 17, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Gore would be a far weaker general election candidate. No “first woman president!” to attract independent and even GOP women. He would need to go left of Clinton as well to win.

A good idea to save our mocking until after the nomination. Go Al!

Bob from Ohio on March 17, 2015 at 2:15 PM

There’s still time. All Al would have to do is go transgender. He’s a team player. If running requires him to become the first woman president then he’d do it.

Happy Nomad on March 17, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Thunderdome … two libs enter, one lib leaves …

Bill would be the political Blaster, Hillary would be Master (of course), the “brains” riding on Bill’s shoulders. They would put down Gore like one of the loser “citizen villains” that “Auntie Jarret” chose to sacrifice in the arena.

Then, MasterBlaster would take on …

Wait for it …

Walker …

In the general election.

After Walker took apart MasterBlaster in the November Thunderdome (with a sledgehammer, no less), he would take pity on the sad, pitiable thing he’d defeated and simply step away, victorious.

Grinch on March 17, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Unlikely candidate, but then again, the phrase, “crazed sex poodle Al Gore” was unlikely too.

jvermeer on March 17, 2015 at 2:26 PM

The OFFICIAL name of the party of socialists/Marxists/Progressives in this country IS the Democratic Party.
Get a grip and get educated.
Mommys Little Darling on March 17, 2015 at 2:18

I stand corrected in my seconding of Bluegill. I am apologetic, you however remain a bit of a pompous ass.

Neitherleftorright on March 17, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Gore, Clinton, Jerry Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Martin O’Malley … this is the democrat bench.

I’m not convinced that the GOPe has any interest in winning the White House, but, if they do, then crushing anyone that democrats put forward should be a simple task. Of course, if the GOPe wants to lose (which all indicators point to), that is very easy as well – all they need to do is put forward a Bush/Rubio/Christie/Paul.

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Clinton/Gore….bumper sticker – “BRING BACK THE 90’S”

Cherokee on March 17, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Clinton/Gore….bumper sticker – “BRING BACK THE 90′S”

Cherokee on March 17, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Clinton/Gore … bumper sticker …

“HOT FLASHES and GLOBAL WARMING! CATCH THE FEVER!”

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Clinton/Gore….bumper sticker – “BRING BACK THE 90′S”
Cherokee on March 17, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Hey let’s bring back Quayle and nominate Jeb!
It’ll be a twofer, Clinton/Gore v. Bush/Quayle.

Our country is just about stupid enough at this point to do it.

Neitherleftorright on March 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Al has the bigger boobs

Roy Rogers on March 17, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Clinton/Gore … bumper sticker …

“HOT FLASHES and GLOBAL WARMING! CATCH THE FEVER!”

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Lol…good one!

Cherokee on March 17, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Given the number of idiots that worship at the altar of AGW – ‘it’s not science, it’s a religion’ – do we really want to go there?

GarandFan on March 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

CLINTON/GORE. Be worth it just to watch Al french Hil onstage at the Democrat convention (Tipper will be unavailable and Bill won’t care)– that image would just about seal the election.

de rigueur on March 17, 2015 at 5:22 PM

I can be a Republican for Gore running without actually voting for him, right?

The entertainment value alone would be immeasurable.

Oxymoron on March 17, 2015 at 6:47 PM

I stand corrected in my seconding of Bluegill.

Not a problem. Simple enough (and common) mistake to make, however you, kind person, do not go into apoplectic fits and try to school others every time you see “Democrat Party,” unlike hagfish.

I am apologetic, you however remain a bit of a pompous ass.

Neitherleftorright on March 17, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Compliments and statements of fact are always appreciated.

Mommys Little Darling on March 17, 2015 at 7:55 PM

The entertainment value alone would be immeasurable.

Oxymoron on March 17, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Shades of “Operation Chaos.”

Mommys Little Darling on March 17, 2015 at 7:56 PM

I, for one, would never vote for a “warm monger.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on March 17, 2015 at 10:59 PM