Friday, March 28, 2008

Gore: 'We'll see'

Former Vice President Al Gore said yesterday that he believes the contentious race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will resolve itself, but "we'll see."

As the Clinton-Obama race has dragged on, Gore's name has been thrown into the mix by some Democrats as a potential compromise candidate. Joe Klein wrote the following in a Time magazine article this week:

I played out that scenario with about a dozen prominent Democrats recently, from various sectors of the party, including both Obama and Clinton partisans. Most said it was extremely unlikely ... and a pretty interesting idea. A prominent fund raiser told me, "Gore-Obama is the ticket a lot of people wanted in the first place." A congressional Democrat told me, "This could be our way out of a mess." Others suggested Gore was painfully aware of his limitations as a candidate. "I don't know that he'd be interested, even if you handed it to him," said a Gore friend. Chances are, no one will hand it to him. The Democratic Party would have to be monumentally desperate come June. And yet ... is this scenario any more preposterous than the one that gave John McCain the Republican nomination? Yes, it's silly season. But this has been an exceptionally "silly" year.
"Monumentally desperate?" That's not exactly a ringing endorsement.