What if Al Gore ran as a Green?
Saw this while putzing around on the internets this evening: Gore Mulling Third Party Run In '08:
Former Vice President Al Gore has again been entertaining offers to run for president. Gore has been discussing a run for a third party nomination with family and close aides.
"Al Gore has been energized by the attention he's been receiving as America's leading environmentalist," a political source close to Gore said. "He believes this might present an opportunity to become president or at least try again."
Sources close to Gore said Ralph Nader has sought to recruit the former vice president to run as the candidate for the Green Party. They said Gore has not rejected the offer and was consulting with family and friends to determine the feasibility of such a candidacy.
One is advised to take the journalism of the Moonie press with the entire carton of salt. Yet this raises an interesting topic for discussion. Gore is beloved by most of the left blogosphere and a sizable chunk of liberal activists. Were he to announce a run for the White House, it's likely that most of the netroots would follow. Yet the netroots are skeptical at best and contemptuous at worst of third-party politics. Hardly a day goes by that somebody on the nets blames Ralph Nader and the Greens for the Bush Administration and the calamities that followed. So here's the question of the hour: if Al Gore were to announce that he was running for President on the Green Party ticket, would you follow? Or would you stay with the Democrats?
(Crossposted at Watching Those We Chose.)