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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:41 PM

Secretary of State Al Gore?

1. Al Gore. I first heard this suggestion from my friend David Greenberg, the historian who writes for Slate, and I though, nahhh. But it grew on me pretty fast. Tell me why not. He'd be great. He's known around the world. He's respected around the world, about 90 percent of which surely wishes he'd been the president instead of the guy he beat. I'm not saying he'd change the world; no one can do that. But he'd get a hearing everywhere. He knows a huge number of world leaders, and he knows the issues cold. He could dive right into the pool's deepest end, in the Middle East, on Iran, you name it.

What about his climate-change crusade, you wonder? Far from having to drop his signature issue, Gore could use his new position to push it with even greater vigor in a global context. Gore, and probably Gore alone, would be capable of elevating the climate change issue to the position it deserves on the national and global stage.

What we don't know that much about is the Gore-Obama relationship. In 2007 and 2008, Gore clearly tilted toward Obama (Gore's mere refusal to endorse Hillary Clinton over Obama indicated as much). Gore didn't endorse Obama until right after he'd secured the nomination, but the two were said to have talked regularly. That's good enough.

Finally: Man, would I love to see the Republicans try to swat down a Gore nomination. How? They'd poke around in his finances, remind America that he's now divorced. But unless there were some kind of smoking gun on the former point, no one would care. They could not really block Gore; too much stature, too obviously qualified. Can you imagine? John McCain would grind his teeth, assuming those still are his teeth, down to dust. That would be awesome to watch.

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Turborama Dec 2012 OP
vilify Dec 2012 #1
BlueStreak Dec 2012 #4
Turborama Dec 2012 #14
Mothdust Dec 2012 #2
Mothdust Dec 2012 #8
Mothdust Dec 2012 #9
bigdarryl Dec 2012 #3
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2012 #16
bluestate10 Dec 2012 #5
putitinD Dec 2012 #6
MannyGoldstein Dec 2012 #7
hatrack Dec 2012 #11
JI7 Dec 2012 #10
Turborama Dec 2012 #12
JI7 Dec 2012 #15
cali Dec 2012 #13

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:43 PM

1. Umm no

 

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Response to vilify (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:51 PM

4. It is customary here to explain yourself

Do you care to elaborate on why you don't like that idea?

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:17 AM

14. Crickets

Thanks for trying, though.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:49 PM

2. totally

Right on!

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Response to Mothdust (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:18 PM

8. why is because

I voted for him to be potus in 2000 and agonized over the outcome and am still miserable over the Bush era. So why wouldn't I at least feel he could be sos now? When I think of him I think of world wide superhighway and environmental protection. He's bill clinton's v.p. and a great guy. Who the hell around here would judge him? Especially over sos? Especially if President Obama nominated him?

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Response to Mothdust (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:24 PM

9. furthermore

Had he succeeded in 2000 he might well have served through 2008 and then handed the White House to Obama or Hillary. Wouldn't THAT have been something?

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:51 PM

3. PLEASE I like Gore but he was a to much of a QUITER during the 2000 recount

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:23 AM

16. But SoS is just an executive errand-person. That's a job we know Gore is good at.

 

Additionally, he wouldn’t be taking a needed Democratic vote out of Congress.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:55 PM

5. Gore would be a good choice. nt

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:58 PM

6. Gore is a Great choice

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:12 PM

7. That would make Fox News very cross

They'd say mean things about global warming and stuff.

We need either a Republican or someone with a track record of voting for staggeringly-stupid wars for this job.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:31 PM

11. Yes, if Obama nominated Susan Rice, or Al Gore, or John Kerry, or Mohandas Gandhi . . .

Or Albert Schweitzer, or Albert Einstein, or Leonardo Da Vinci, or Jesus Christ, then Republicans might say bad things about that nomination!

Ooh!

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:25 PM

10. if he is going to get back into public office wouldn't he just run for President again

instead ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:13 AM

12. And wouldn't being the SOS be probably the best route to 2016?

It would be an ideal opportunity for him to set the stage for a run, if that's what he actually wants to do.

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Response to Turborama (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:58 AM

15. no, because to run for pres he would need to campaign

and fundraise and do other things which the SOS would not have time to do.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:17 AM

13. dumb fantasy politics on DU. Shocker. Not.

Gore has no relationship with the President. He's been out of politics for over a decade. He's been in big business for much of that time. This is silly.

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