Gore's $300 million campaign

No, it’s not for the presidency, although some Democrats may look wistfully at Al Gore’s launch of his newest global-warming initiative and wonder what might have been. The former VP has garnered almost as much as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to start an ad blitz to generate support for global-warming initiatives. The ads will feature some strange bedfellows, such as Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton:

Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a $300 million, bipartisan campaign to try to push climate change higher on the nation’s political agenda.

The three-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection will begin Wednesday with network television advertising that will include “American Idol” and other non-traditional shows that reach a non-news audience.

The debut ad, “Anthem,” is posted here.

Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton just filmed an ad for the “We Campaign,” sitting on a couch on the beach. In the ad, now being produced, they say that while they may not agree on many things, they do agree that they have to work to save the planet.

A future couple in the “strange bedfellows” or “unlikely alliances” will be recorded soon: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

What other strange bedfellows can Gore pair for his campaign? Jeremiah Wright and David Duke? Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Dupre? The possibilities here seem endless, but Gore might consider John McCain and Barack Obama, too.

This tends to discount the idea that Gore will take on a run for President at this time. Most of his fund-raising efforts have gone into his pet project, as has most of his attention. Building a bipartisan base for this new project would be difficult if Gore switched gears and threw himself back into presidential politics. People like Newt Gingrich and Pat Robertson would stop taking Gore’s calls, and the initiative would wither on the vine.

Democrats will have to find another Deus ex machina to resolve their coming primary-season meltdown, and they need to do it quickly. Who else can they find to act as a “strange bedfellow” as the top seed on the ticket with either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the lower slot? Is Walter Mondale still available? Michael Dukakis? George McGovern?