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  •  the idea of Gore as another MLK (1+ / 0-)
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    is a little inaccurate. MLK came from outside politics--he was a minister. He could reach the African-American community and unify it in ways that conventional political leaders could never do, by providing a moral center to the civil rights movement. It wouldn't have been appropriate for him to take any official government position or run for office--he would have lost the trust of the people who supported him.

    On the other hand, Gore was a professional politician. Although he has been out of politics for nearly seven years now, he spent about four times as many years in it. He understands the power of the presidency as well as anyone:

    I am under no illusions that any position has as much ability to influence change as the presidency does. If the President made climate change the organizing principle, the filter through which everything else had to flow, then that could really make a huge difference."

    He's done an amazing job raising the public consciousness as Al Gore, elder statesman of the environment, but I think he has reached the limits of what he can accomplish there. Unlike MLK, entering (or in his case, re-entering) politics to promote his chosen cause is a very realistic option. If he decides that the fight against the climate crisis will be better served by entering the race, he'll do it.

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