Object Lessons: Rantings of a Lone Pamphleteer
Why hasn't Gore Endorsed Anyone?Today's lesson: Don't cook your huevos before they hatch.
In a speech last September 2007, when asked by an audience member if her would have Gore as his running mate, Obama said (per this MSNBC story):
(Obama replied that) Gore would be involved in his administration in a "very senior capacity, if he's willing" but joked: "I will also be honest with you: having won the Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar, being vice president again would probably be a step down for him."That "very senior capacity" could be the most senior behind Commander-in-Chief. After all, the main critics of Obama's campaign consistently point out his lack of experience, especially in foreign policy. Gore could plug this hole and then some, being the most experienced VP candidate that the Dems could nominate. Who's more experienced than someone who's had the job before?
As for a step down, I don't know. He might view himself as above such things. However, it's also a curiosity why Gore hasn't come out and endorsed anyone. He and the Clintons split during the 2000 campaign, but it could be perceived as unseemly if he didn't endorse Hillary. However, the fact that he hasn't endorsed anyone keeps Gore pure, unsullied, above the current fray, which primes him for running-mate status. It'd be no insult to the Clinton camp if he accepted the running-mate position after the DNC nominates Obama. If he endorses Hillary, then accepting a co-candidacy would smell. If he endorses Barack too soon, it looks like he lobbied for the job.
Though many have pointed out Gore's disparity with Obama's energy policy as a reason not to endorse Barack, I think Gore would be the most logical choice to put in charge of energy policy. He won a Nobel on the topic, for heaven's sake. And if Obama did run with Gore, Obama'd have to give over on energy, a topic Gore has been shinning a light on since he was a Congressman in the 1970's. I for one prefer Gore's energy policy to Obama's. (Really Barack: Nukes and liquid coal? No.)
Furthermore, his experience with new technologies far outshines both Obama's and the Clintons'. Not only did he wisely spend his second term promoting the Internet's commercial capabilities, he was also the first person to appear on CSPAN. He's original hip. (On the CNN debate, Hillary referred to "The You Tube", which reminded me of that old-fart Senator (c'mon, he's 85!) saying the "Internet is a series of tubes." [Techno Version]) So too does his foreign-policy experience outstrip the current Democratic candidates; he's even gained experience since leaving office by traveling the world to discuss energy issues, even in China. Lastly, Gore seems to have a longish stand-off with lobbyists himself, which dovetails nicely with Obama's views.
To plug the experience hole, rally the not-so-right-wing-anymore environmentalists, anti-lobbyists, and techno geek set--not to mention peeling away Hillary supporters--Gore is the best choice by a landslide. In fact, I'll put it out there: I think Barack will ask Gore to run with him, if he hasn't already. I'd bet money in Vegas, if I was going there anytime soon.
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