Saturday, September 23, 2006

Gored Again?

Mark Rogers contends that Al Gore will 1) run for and win the Democratic nomination for President in 2008; and 2) be a "dreadful" candidate in the general election.

His argument is compelling on both counts. Because conservatives rallied around Bush during the Florida recount morass, and because much of the country rallied around the President in the aftermath of 9/11, it is easy to forget that the President also was not a terribly effective candidate. In fact, given the advantages of incumbency in an administration that could boast, at the time, of a strong economy against a poor campaigner, Gore should have been able to win in a landslide. That he, in fact, lost (yes, he lost) goes a long way toward telling reasonable Democrats that they would do well to look elsewhere.

Yet, the hard left increasingly rules the party, and Gore has become their precious. Should the Democrats choose Gore to run against, say, McCain, their precious will ultimately go up in flames.

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