Just when the prospects looked less than exciting for the Republicans in 2008, rumblings have been emanating from that seemingly inexhaustible font of outrage, Al Gore. In a recent speech
the former Vice-President laments the "grave danger" faced by American democracy, and no, he is not talking about George Soros' attempt to buy the 2004 election. His talk has all of the hallmarks of the beginnings of a Nixon-like comeback
, which is bad news for Democrats.
Watching John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore, all of whom feel that they are somehow entitled to an eight year stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, fight it out in the primaries will be a sight to behold. Even more intriguing will be the political calculus used to determine each candidate's positions on the issues and this will most certainly benefit Mrs. Clinton, who is bright enough, and opportunistic enough, to triangulate between Kerry's Leftism and Gore's Lunacy. The icing on the cake will be witnessing the fourth Horseman, Governor Dean, try to deal with this Hydra of self-centeredness and political vanity. The biggest losers if this comes to pass are the second tier candidates, like Wesley Clark, because there just won't be enough oxygen in the room for him and others like him.
Kerry and Gore are each a joke in their own way and the Democrats learned from the likes of Adlai Stevenson not to re-nominate damaged goods, although with an eight year hiatus from the political scene, again reminiscent of Nixon, Gore has a much better chance. But both Gore and Kerry, like the Republicans, underestimate Hillary Clinton at their peril. She is going to be an amazingly charismatic campaigner and, more importantly, a disciplined one as well.
The Republicans do not have a very strong group of prospective candidates for the 2008 election, although Giuliani and McCain have the star power to make it a race against whomever the Democrats nominate. (I support Rudy.) Now if the far-Right will only let them get through the primaries and happily accept half a loaf rather than no bread at all.