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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Talk of Gore presidential run won't die

And why should it? There are so many people who would like him to run:
Forget about sharing the stage with fellow Democrats on cable TV. Al Gore goes prime time, red carpet Sunday night at the Academy Awards before tens of millions, reviving talk of a possible presidential run.

"An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary about the former vice president's crusade against global warming, is the odds-on favorite to win an Oscar.

If the movie takes top honors, director Davis Guggenheim would accept the golden statuette and Gore would join him onstage. He doesn't plan an endless "thank you" speech, but the liberal-leaning Hollywood audience may have a different idea.

And all the buzz on the West Coast and in Washington on Friday was about another special Gore appearance during the ceremony.

An Oscar would be the latest accolade in a remarkable year for Gore, who became a best-selling author, announced plans for a seven-continent series of concerts to fight global warming and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Al Gore has indeed had an incredible year. His work to bring global warming to the forefront has been nothing short of remarkable. As Markos has said, "More than any other Democrat over the last four years, Gore has actually delivered". The former Vice President's work has simply been tireless.

Years ago, he correctly predicted that a preemptive invasion of Iraq would be nothing less than titanic disaster:
"The chaos in the aftermath of a military victory in Iraq...could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently face from Saddam."

- Al Gore
We have said numerous times that we're staying out of the presidential sweepstakes...but there's one thing that could change that: an announcement by Al Gore that he will seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2008. Though Gore has said repeatedly that he has no plans to run, the greatest thing he could do for his country would be to grace us with a real campaign for President.

A campaign that would allow America to see the real Al Gore - not the consultant melded Al, but the Al who is caring, witty, understanding, and intelligent. Some say Gore has reinvented his image - we say that free of establishment pressure, Gore's been able to show us who he really is.

Tonight, we'll be cheering for An Inconvenient Truth to win an Academy Award....and praying that Al will make the decision to run this year.

America needs you, Al.

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