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Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Return of Al Gore

Interesting to see Dick Morris saying what I have been trying to tell people for the last couple weeks. That is that Al Gore may well be the most serious challenger to Hillary Clinton for the '08 nomination.

Now before you laugh, just think about a certain failed Republican Presidential candidate who lost a close and controversial election only to rise from the ashes eight years later. Morris draws the same parallels between Nixon and Gore and points out that Gore is positioning himself to the left of Hillary, particularly on the issues of the War and the Environment.

Morris also throws in a few more historical nuggets in Gore's favor:
History indicates that candidates who won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College have all come back to win revenge in subsequent elections. Andrew Jackson, cheated in 1824, won in 1828. Grover Cleveland, cheated in 1888, triumphed in 1892. Samuel Tilden, who won the popular vote in 1876, never ran again, but he dealt away the White House in a deal for the withdrawal for federal troops from the South, allowing the Ku Klux Klan to take over.
Intriguing stuff. Remember also that Al Gore is only 57 years old, a former Vice-President, and frankly, John Kerry made him look pretty damn good.

4 Comments:

Blogger CR UVa said...

I have suspected the same thing for the last couple months. It is all speculation of course, but Al Gore has been far more vocal recently, with speeches concerning the environment and attacking the Bush administration. But could this all benefit Mark Warner? A split between Northeastern Democratas over Gore and Clinton could open an opportunity for Warner to push through.

4:40 PM

 
Blogger SouthoftheJames.com said...

And don't forget former VP Richard Nixon who went on to become president in 1968, 8 years after losing a controversial election (he could've made an argument that if all the votes were counted, he'd beaten JFK), won the White House.

And, Nixon didn't have the SNL episode to his credit like Gore, so Gore's even better off! Whip out the hottub!

5:20 PM

 
Anonymous goodwin said...

I've always felt Gore was going to be the guy we didn't see coming in this one. Every open Presidential nomination contest seems to be won by a guy nobody saw coming 900 days out from it.

How many speeches has Gore given in New Hampshire in the past year?

6:09 PM

 
Blogger Bwana said...

Conway is right on the hot tub, but Nixon had the chance to say "Sock It To Me" on Laugh-In, so it would seem both had a chance to score a funny moment on a popular television (well, relatively popular, we are talking about SNL here).

However, Goodwin might reconsider his speech question. The real question is not how many he has given in NH this year, but how many he gave for democratic candidates in 2002 and 2004 and how they did...Nixon lost the CA gov race in 1962, then campaigned for Goldwater in 1964 whenever asked and at a time when a lot of GOP leaders were diving overboard. Nixon then went out and campaigned for a huge number of GOP congressional candidates in 1966, and the vast majority of them won their races.

The Point? Nixon went into 1968 with a large number of folks in the party who were grateful to him for the work he did for them, and that was how he was able to get the GOP nomination in the face of Rockefeller on the left and Reagan on the right.

Gore seems to be out there for himself, and I don't know that he has done the spadework in the last six years to have reingratiated himself with the party core.

We shall see!

10:46 AM

 

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