Monday, September 26, 2005

Could Al Gore Be Our Next President?

I have someone I'd like you to meet.

After my piece the other day called 2008 Democratic Nomination There For The Taking, I got a lot of reader response indicating that they too are just waiting for a Democratic leader to stand up and fight the bad guys. One of them introduced me to Andy Ostroy and The Ostroy Report. She sent me a link to a piece Andy had coincidentally written the same day, Al Gore Could be Our Next President, in which Andy opined much the same thing but declares that, timing being everything, Gore may be exactly that person.

Sound far-fetched? Read an excerpt:

He's got a real shot here folks. For one thing, he's been against the Iraq war from the get-go. Hillary Clinton voted for it, as did Senators Joe Biden (D-DE) and former 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry (D-MA). All three will surely vie for the '08 nomination. The latest polls show that a majority of Americans want the U.S. to bring home the troops now. This growing anti-war fervor will be a major factor in the next primary election, and can bode very well for the former veep.

Additionally, Gore is Mr. Environment, and has been preaching the global warming gospel for 20+ years. Most recently he preached to the proverbial choir at the World Environment Day conference in San Francisco, a five-day U.N. gathering to promote pro-environment practices. A growing chorus of scientists believe the recent frequency of strong Category 4 and 5 hurricanes such as Katrina and Rita may be linked to global warming. They believe that rising global temperatures warm the oceans, which in turn fuel hurricanes and intensify their power. On this issue, Gore just might have a groundswell of very interested listeners for a change.

Check out the rest of Andy's excellent post here.

I also enthusiastically add The Ostroy Report to my blogroll today as Andy seems to understand that, to add value, liberal bloggers need to say something above and beyond "Bush sucks." Andy provides good insight and commentary and I welcome him to Yellow Dog Friends!