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March 6, 2008
Will AlGore save the Democrats?
IF AL GORE can pull himself away from saving the planet long enough, he might want to consider rescuing the Demo cratic Party from the clutches of utter self-destruction. What may be something of a tongue in cheek suggestion by Hurt may be an interesting solution. Hurt points out that the Democratic leadership of the party, the House, and the Senate are all incapable of unable to affect some kind of compromise.
Campaigning against an unpopular war in Iraq, a sputtering economy and a disappearing dollar, Democrats cannot lose in November. But wait! They're Democrats!
"The only reason we ever lose is when we beat ourselves," one nervous Democrat grumbled yesterday as the primary dogfight dragged on.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has made it clear she won't quit and no one expects Barack Obama to exit - and so on to the Denver party convention they go, viciously attacking one another all the way.
Forget the red phone for a national-security crisis. Where is the red phone for a political party trying to destroy itself? And where is the party leader with the respect, stature, wisdom and influence to answer the crisis phone?
Perhaps Gore is the most prominent Democrat who could force a deal on a number of issues including what to do about Florida and Michigan and Super Delegates. At the very least, he would be an option if things go to hell and it looks like the party is headed for a trainwreck in Denver.