More Al Gore presidential speculation
UPDATED AGAIN: Gore people are saying this story is bunk.
An interesting article from U.K.-based Telegraph:
Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House.(HT: anoodle on DailyKos) I like the idea of Gore running. At the very least, it would put Climate Change at the center of presidential politics.
Two members of Mr Gore's staff from his unsuccessful attempt in 2000 say they have been approached to see if they would be available to work with him again.
The former aide, who has himself signed up with Sen Edwards, said: "The question is: where have all the Kerry people gone? The answer for most of them is nowhere. Now ask yourself why."
UPDATE: Chris Bowers at MyDD thinks the Telegraph article is crap:
To be perfectly frank, I think the continued speculation on a possible Gore run is based on some of the most utterly flimsy rumors and word play I have seen fuel almost any American political story in recent years (and that is saying a lot). It strikes me as basically trying to accomplish the same structural drain (money, activists, media) on Edwards, Obama and all other non-Clinton candidates that an actual Gore entry would accomplish. Either that, or it is simply the media trying to inject a wrinkle into a story that will help them get ratings, even though they know it isn't actually news. The difference in the quality of journalism surrounding speculation on potential celebrity divorces and speculation of a possible Gore run is minimal, at best.
Now, with that said, if Gore did run, I would give him a long look. But he ain't gonna run.