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UPDATE:
On 9/22, Markos posted a straw poll that pitted four leading contenders (taken from an earlier poll from 9/20) against Gore. As you can see for yourself at this link, Gore pulled away from the rest of the field with an impressive 48% of the vote:
Given these 2008 choices, I would vote for:

Edwards   646 votes - 8 %
Clark   1892 votes - 24 %
Gore  3717 votes - 48 %
Clinton  369 votes - 4 %
Feingold  671 votes - 8 %
Other  180 votes - 2 %
No Freakin' Clue   194 votes - 2 %
 
7669 Total Votes

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The original diary follows.
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In his monthly dKos (non-"fantasy") straw polls, Markos has so far not included (Vice) President Al Gore as a possible candidate, which is quite unfortunate since although Gore has not announced his interest in running as of today, he has NOT categorically ruled out a 2008 run either.

After writing the diary, because of the way it came out, I have decied to go ahead and make this my first open letter, a warm-up clarion call if you will, to (Vice) President Al Gore to make a run in 2008. And, hence, the title of this diary.


Given:
- Gore's selfless efforts to help Katrina victims,
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  • his incredible speeches from 2002-2004,
  • his impeccable and near-perfect credentials: 8 years each as: US Representative, Senator, and Vice President (Gore's congressional biography)
  • his popular vote victory in 2000, and what most of us believe to have been an electoral college victory as well,
  • his unequivocal support for Dean in 2004 primaries, and hence his endorsement of a Commonsense Progressive Vision for America,
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- his passion for the environment (his recent speech, and his book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, and his recent, 9/9/05 speech at the SierraSummit 2005),
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  • his decency and humanity (as evidenced by his Katrina relief efforts and those that apparently existed under the radar screen before),
  • his well-deserved and well-earned image as a good family man,

Gore is clearly the best-suited, best-qualified, and an utmost worthy person to carry the mantle of the President of the United States!


Then, Gore is pulling a respectable second in many state-wide polls such as these strategic vision polls. And his support among netroots is seemingly quite strong as well (see the poll by MSO linked below too). Not too bad for someone not pursuing active politics at the moment.


That brings us to Markos's straw polls. Why is it important to be included in this list?

  1. daily Kos is THE leading liberal/progressive blog, by far, and the opinion expressed here does reverberate around political circles.

  2. Since the netroots are an increasingly powerful force in politics, a strong showing here should therefore figure into to any candidate's calculations of her/his chances of winning. Presumably, Al Gore will likely not run (and he shouldn't, IMO) unless he sees his odds of getting the nomination to be reasonably high.

  3. There are apparently thousands of Gore supporters that are part of the daily Kos community, and they appear to be passionate about seeing a Gore'2008 run. Evidence is here is this MSO's poll, where Gore pulled in about 63% positive responses, and in the fact that jj32's diary reached the top of the recommended list in a matter of half-an-hour, not to mention the thousands of positive comments that one routinely spots here. Not allowing these valued members to express support for their choice of a candidate is really not very fair, Markos!

And so, these are the reasons why I am posting this poll, and this diary. Please express your support (or otherwise) towards a 2008 run by Al Gore by participating in the poll, and I hope that Kos will hear our calling and include Gore in his straw polls from September onwards!


Thanks for reading and voting! And thanks in advance for recommending this diary, if you choose to do so.

Finally, if you are reading this, Mr. Vice President, your country and your planet are calling on you:

The Earth's in Peril, Mr. Vice President!


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Credit: It appears reasonable to credit the 2004 Presidential Campaign of Governor Howard Dean with the ideology Commonsense Progressive Vision for America, although some if its roots do go back to Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Tom Paine, and of course, to the Clinton/Gore administration as well.

Image sources:

  • the "Gore, President 2008" image is courtesy of Maryscott O'Connor (please visit and join her wonderful blog My Left Wing!)
  • the first Katrina relief site image is from algore-08.com, while the second is from this link.
  • the Earthday image is from GWU's website: link
  • other images are from this fabulous wiki page on Al Gore: link. Well worth a visit and the time spent reading it.
  • all images have been hosted at tinypic.com. My thanks to them for providing this very useful free service.

Gore 2008 Links:

Update 1 (9/10/2005) :
  • Gore 2008 links section with two links posted.
  • link to his 9/9/05 speech at the the SierraSummit 2005 added.

Please revisit this diary from time to time, as this "clarion call" diary will be a work-in-progress with updates as and when I find new information that is relevant.

Originally posted to NeuvoLiberal on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 07:59 PM PDT.

Poll

How about a Gore Presidency in 2009?

93%186 votes
7%14 votes

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Comment Preferences

  •  I dunno (none)
    I think you poll needs more categories.  Sure I'd rather see Gore than Bush, or Gore than even McCain.  But there are lots of people I'd prefer to Gore.  I don't have anything against him, I just don't think he can win against the Repug machine.  Hell, who can with black box voting?  But if the polls were fair, you'd have to run someone really dynamic.  So far, the only one I see on the horizon is Obama. He's black, are we ready?  I know I am.

    Who is ready to take an ethical stand?

    by DollyLlama on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 08:00:36 PM PDT

  •  We need somone who can fight - Wes Clark for me (none)
    and will know how to get us out of Iraq.
  •  He's clearly my choice: Gore-Clark ** (4.00)
  •  I completely agree... (none)
    I don't think the Republicans would dare ridicule Gore for his concerns about the environment..it is high time we get a president who understands the global changes that are happening at a rather quick pace..

    I would support Gore in a New York minute....

  •  Gore needs some serious PR (none)
    In my opinion, Gore is the most logical choice for President in 2008 because he is the first one to point out a scientific basis for a solution to the world's energy problems and, guess what, possibly an end to global warming and increasingly dangerous hurricane activity!  What other issue ties together our involvement in the Middle East, the primary cause of our security problems, and our main concern regarding natural disasters so well??

    My fear is that there are still too many fundamentalists/creationists who are expecting God to descend from the clouds any day now, amidst the Armageddon, and solve all of our problems for us.

    •  absolutely! (none)
      one idea I have is the folks that helped Howard with PR during his Chairmanship run may come of great help. They were able to very effectively inject critical important talking-points and rebuttals of spin into MSM's coverage.

      Although these races are quite different in nature, similar strategies may help out in the big campaign as well.

    •  You know what to tell them? (none)
      If they're so sure God is coming soon, what difference does it make? Is Gore stronger than God? If he's pres, God won't come back?

      Don't they think God is omnipotent?

      •  The Point. (none)
        The point is that there is huge discrepancy building in this country between science and spirituality. People can't seem to fathom that God may work through science just as much as through anything else. The type of compassionate conservatism that the president has been showing is blatantly anti-Christian, while the actions and response of Gore to this crisis demonstrate true compassion and caring about our future.
  •  Gore (none)
    I like Gore--we could do worse in 2008!

    Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others. Groucho Marx

    by markymarx on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 08:22:04 PM PDT

  •  Gore is a Loser (none)
    1- Gore gave Bush the Presidency even though he had more votes in Fl.

    2- Gore has many skeletons in his closet.  How do you think he got to be Clinton's VP.  Because he is a new world order illumaniti minion.

    3- Gore can claim kinship with royal blue-bloods.  If Kerry would have been elected Prez. He would have been the bluest of them all.  Kerry is a descendant of bygone kings of England, Henry III and Henry II, and is distantly related to Richard the Lionheart, who led the third Crusade in 1189.  He is also descended from Henry I, King of France, and his wife, Anne of Kiev, giving him kinship with the royal houses of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the House of Rus, and Russian czar Ivan the Terrible.

  •  Gore is a tough sell (none)
    I like him as a person, and I respect what he's done, always have.  I agree that he helped Clinton win, and that we would not be in this mess with him.

    But he aready ran five years ago, and what has he done since?  It would be better if he had stayed in politics and the public eye, and had some successes, perhaps as a senator or governor.  

    I just don't see the majority of the country voting for him.  

    •  Really (none)
      Can't we do any better that trotting out the same guy that lost (by then) eight years ago? I commend his actions post-Katrina but, come on, can't Democrats do better? I'd take Clark or Feingold over Gore in a heartbeat.

      Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - Thomas Jefferson

      by jorndorff on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 08:43:35 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (none)
        he won the popular vote, and most likely had his EC victory stolen by the creepublicans.
        •  I realize that (none)
          I should've, of course, given the typical asterisk to the 2000 elections since they were far from typical.

          With that said, the Democrats should not pull out the same face from 2000 or 2004. They need a new face, a new frame and a new campaign. (A new spine wouldn't help either.)

          Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - Thomas Jefferson

          by jorndorff on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 09:16:25 PM PDT

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      •  you (none)
        guys, Clark supporters, I presume, are absolutely free to support your guy as you see fit, but you should find better justifications for why Clark would make a better candidate than Gore in 2008, IMO :)
        •  Why is it that he didn't run the last time? (none)
          •  you (none)
            seem to know more about this than I do. So, why don't you spill your beans :)

            my view was that he liked what he saw in Dean and his 2003 phenomenonal grassroots uprising, and dicided that he should support Dean instead of running for it himself. And that works for mwa.

            •  I don't -- that's why I asked. (none)
              My ex-wife and I worked heavily for Clinton/Gore in '92 as she and I had just moved to AZ and were both between jobs.  

              I don't have an agenda.  Based on what I saw during the last primary, I think Clark could do well now.  I believe that we could use his ex-military experience, and I'm sure he learned a lot the last time around, and is better positioned this time.

              If Gore runs and shows well, I'd be behind him 100%

              •  thanks (none)
                for your conciliatory comment!

                -->I don't that's why I asked.

                oh, OK. in  the flow of our comments it read that way. sorry. Anyways, the answer I gave above is the best I am aware of. In  fact, his endorsement of Dean made me like Gore that much more (because I am an ardent supporter of Gov. Dean for all the ideals he personifies).

                -->My ex-wife and I worked heavily for Clinton/Gore in '92 as she and I had just moved to AZ and were both between jobs.

                Wow. That must have been quite exciting. While I followed that campaign closely, I was too busy studying in those days, although I did canvass around the campus for Clinton/Gore a little bit.

                -->I don't have an agenda.  Based on what I saw during the last primary, I think Clark could do well now.  I believe that we could use his ex-military experience, and I'm sure he learned a lot the last time around, and is better positioned this time.

                Gen. Clark was quite appealing in his brief 2004 run, I must admit. I think he will be a good candidate for 2008, My main qualms are that he doesn't have working civilian political experience, which I think is important, and that he seems to have said that he might as well as have become a republican had chips fallen that way :for instance, I have heard of him having said that "had Carl Rove returned his calls, he'd have become a Republican" after his military retirement. If that quote is indeed true, I will find it hard to support him over a good democratic candidate.

                -->If Gore runs and shows well, I'd be behind him 100%

                I am very pleased to hear that. I'd give Gen. Clark his due consideration too when the time comes, and the field is more clearly set. But, as of now, I think he'd make a great running mate for Gore.

                •  For me, that's part of his appeal (none)
                  Clark is middle of the road, and he isn't a career politician, but know how the political game is play.  

                  I think being in the senate for so long had ruined Kerry, when you look at film, interviews and anti-war and DA work he did in the 70's, that man today would have won the election, no doubt in my mind.  He was something else.  

                  Just thinking out loud...

        •  For one (none)
          His military experience and his tactical views on Iraq. With the Iraq war so unpopular with the public, Clark's lead on planning and defining success in Iraq and eventual withdrawal make him very appealing to many. The more people learn about Clark, the more favorable they perceive him. (In my experience, at any rate.)

          It's not as though Clark's support materialized all at once or because he is one of the few under consideration. He has a wide range of very sensible policy preferences. Both Clark and Feingold offer a refreshing alternative to the walk-in-line Dems. That sense of independence and boldness is sorely needed by the Democratic Party.

          Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - Thomas Jefferson

          by jorndorff on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 09:24:01 PM PDT

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      •  Can't Democrats do better? (none)
        No. No we can't.

        Bring 'em home. Now.

        by MichaelPH on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 09:22:00 PM PDT

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    •  step down (none)
      -->It would be better if he had stayed in politics and the public eye, and had some successes, perhaps as a senator or governor.  

      He was already a senator, and FYI, the stature of a VP far exceeds that of a governor or a senator (VP is next-in-line for Commander-in-chief, remember), and to take a step down is not always a good thing.

      He could've gotten involved in some charitable causes, but I am quite happy with his speeches from 2003/2004.

    •  according to an onion article from 2000 or 01 (none)
      he was taking time off to refocus on his sex life.

      "Private property means you get nothing"
      -Jeff Ott

      by mediaprisoner on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 09:54:56 PM PDT

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  •  I think Gore is a very logical choice. (4.00)
    I can't believe that if you voted for him in 2000 you wouldn't vote for him again.

    I also can't believe that AT LEAST SOME of the cretinous fucktards who voted for Bush in 2000 will switch.

    And we've learned the hard way about voting tactically now, so any 3rd party candidates won't siphon off as many votes as well.

    Gore runs, he wins.

    And if the country continues to go to hell at its current rate, his candidacy serves almost as a magic way to heal things - it'll be as if Bush never happened.

  •  already got my bumperstickers (4.00)
    gore 2008....got em at the beginning of this year.  he's the only person popular enough and with enough clout to win.  plus he's already won before and i didn't even like him then.  so he's got at least one new vote.

    "Private property means you get nothing"
    -Jeff Ott

    by mediaprisoner on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 09:54:13 PM PDT

  •  Wow, wonder if any friends of Gore are reading (4.00)
    Daily Kos tonight to tell him that it seems that a lot of people think that the Country needs him right now?

    I think in the minds of many, alot of second quessing is being done and that Al Gore is looking better every day to them.....(and those that turned their backs on him in 2000) and see what their life looks like today. I do every day and it hurts.....America needs leadership tonight and in 2008.....and only one man...can and must step forward.......Al Gore!!!

    "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

    by alnc on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 10:02:37 PM PDT

  •  I'm not saying... (none)
    that Gore is a bad guy, but I do believe that he has had his chance and that it is time for new leadership and that is why I am backing General Clark in 2008.

    We need unity in 2006 and 2008 if we are to have any chance at all to eliminate the neocon cancer that is destroying the USA. A Gore-Clark battle not only operates against that needed unity but also plays into the hands of those favoring the DINO Senator from New York - Hillary Clinton.

    I am not saying that Hillary Clinton is a bad person, either. I do not, however, see Senator Clinton as a mainstream Democrat. As a hanger-on of the DLC, she does not understand nor does she represent the aspirations of the vast majority of the American people.

    Vice President Gore should continue in his role as an elder statesman, a valuable resource of the Democratic Party. I am sure that President Clark will welcome him under the Big Tent and appreciate his steadfast loyalty, in marked contrast to the Big Dog's warm friendship with the Bush Crime Family.

    The friend of my enemy is my enemy. Dump Chafee in '06.

    by jayatRI on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 12:13:13 PM PDT

    •  Gore/Clark'08, NOT Gore v Clark (none)
      -->I'm not saying that Gore is a bad guy, but I do believe that he has had his chance ...

      true, but he has ALSO had his victory stolen on that very occasion.

      -->A Gore-Clark battle not only operates against that needed unity

      to the contrary, the overwhelmingly emerging consensus here seems to be that Gore/Clark ticket is the way to go, and not a Gore v Clark fight.

      I agree with your general points reg. how Hillary not keeping her "promise to the people".

      -->Vice President Gore should continue in his role as an elder statesman, a valuable resource of the Democratic Party.

      i appreciate your opinion, but I do believe that the country will be better served with Gore being its rudder and beacon, instead of enjoying his senior citizen years :)

      -->I am sure that President Clark will welcome him under the Big Tent and appreciate his steadfast loyalty,

      almost anyone would appreciate steadfast loyalty being shown towards them, don't you think? :)

      I do respect and admire your own steadfast loyalty (:)) towards Gen. Clark. But, if you go through each one of the links I have posted in my diary, I do believe that you will find that the case for Gore in 2008 is very compelling indeed. Coupling that with Gen. Clark's military experience, we'd have an awesome dynamic duo leading our country!

      •  How about... (none)
        a Clark/Gore ticket? I think many Clark supporters could live with that. Arkansas has already proven that it produces good presidents. Gore has already proven that he knows how to be a good vice president. Gore has already proven that he works well with a president from Arkansas.

        I think it's worth considering.

        I'd much rather have Al Gore presiding over the Senate than that nasty old bastard, Dick Cheney. At least I think Al will remember the names of the Senators.

        The friend of my enemy is my enemy. Dump Chafee in '06.

        by jayatRI on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 05:32:39 PM PDT

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