Al Gore as Compromise Candidate?

What would the landscape of the Democratic Party presidential nominating process have to look like for Al Gore to emerge as a compromise candidate in the general election? Most likely, the party would be in flames, and John McCain would be coasting to an easy victory in November. Down-ticket congressional races (arguably even more important than the presidency) would be in jeopardy. It wouldn’™t be pretty.

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If the Democratic Party nominating fight goes all the way to the convention floor, one scenario that’™s emerged involves President Al Gore. The U.K. Telegraph is reporting this morning that discussions are apparently taking place at high levels in the party to, if neither Clinton nor Obama have enough delegates going into the convention, offer Gore as a compromise candidate:

Plans for Al Gore to take the Democratic presidential nomination as the saviour of a bitterly divided party are being actively discussed by senior figures and aides to the former vice-president.

The bloody civil war between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has left many Democrats convinced that neither can deliver a knockout blow to the other and that both have been so damaged that they risk losing November’™s election to the Republican nominee, John McCain.

Former Gore aides now believe he could emerge as a compromise candidate acceptable to both camps at the party’™s convention in Denver during the last week of August’¦

Now, frankly, I don’™t think there’™s much of a chance of this scenario coming to pass. In fact, it’™s likely that the Democratic Party would have to be going up in flames for President Gore to allow his name to be offered. And I don’™t see how the selection of Gore by party elders would begin to salve whatever open wounds would have to exist for this scenario to even be considered plausible.

From a clinically neutral standpoint, it would certainly be interesting to see something like a Gore / Dean ticket emerge from such a fight. From a perspective of national self-interest, however, it would be devastating. John McCain would likely coast to an easy victory in November. Down-ticket congressional races (arguably even more important than the presidency) would be in jeopardy. It wouldn’™t be pretty.

Please, Al, put this possibility to rest immediately.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

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