Gore Ex Machina: Al to the Rescue?

Against better judgment I was watching “The Situation Room” on CNN and Jack Cafferty offered up this insane idea from Florida Rep. Tim Mahoney that if the party is still deadlocked between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, perhaps an Al Gore lead ticket could surface with either a Clinton or Obama veep spot.

Sayeth Mahoney to the TCPalm:

(I)f neither Sen. Hillary Clinton nor Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the nomination by August, Mahoney says we may see a brokered convention, meaning the nominee could emerge from a negotiated settlement.

“If it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” Mahoney said.

Like a Greek opera, the long arm of Gore would swoop down from the heavens and save the presidency from the Democrats’ own bickering by naming himself God … I mean, president.

There’s probably a reason why Mahoney thinks this scenario is plausible, but you can only imagine the hot holy hell that would be unleashed if a man, despite how well liked in the party, is crowned king without putting one pinky toe in the primary process.

Is he INSANE????

A compromise candidate could be someone such as former vice president Al Gore, Mahoney said last week during a meeting with this news organization’s editorial board.

If either Clinton or Obama suggested to a deadlocked convention a ticket of Gore-Clinton or Gore-Obama, the Democratic Party would accept it, Mahoney said.

I’ll cut Mahoney some slack. He isn’t offering this as an option, just throwing it up as a possibility, but even within the conceit of possibility this is a really irresponsible brain teaser to drop passively at a newspaper editorial board meeting.

No matter how you feel about Obama and Hillary they both have been running or plotting to run for the top spot more than two years now. They raised the money. They signed up for the caucuses and primaries. They fought, they bickered, they endured controversies and an unprecedented number of debates. People are already worried that Hillary is going to manipulate the delegate voting process through some fast and loose reading of the rules, but at least she’s working within the confines of the rules. She is actively running for the nomination.

The super delegates, per the rules, could give her the nomination if they wanted to commit political suicide. But an immaculate election featuring Al Gore or some other Democratic savior would be like hitting the improvised explosive device of dumbassedness.

I can live with and vote for a Democratic nominee people actually voted for. I love Papa Al as much as the next Liberal, but hell to the no. It’s Barack or Hillary for all the delegates for reals or President McCain. Folks are just going to have to saddle up and ride this bitch out no matter how ugly it gets because one way or another the nominee is going to be someone who actually ran in the primaries.

Hell. I would have preferred if Mahoney has named checked John Edwards to be the Jesus of Democracy. At least he has some delegates. As bipolar and suicidal the Democratic Party is Howard Dean isn’t that crazy. I imagine he’ll throw himself under the bus if he allowed Stephen Colbert’s vision of “Democralypse Now!” to come true.

3 thoughts on “Gore Ex Machina: Al to the Rescue?

  1. This is the most pathetic excuse for an intelligent idea I have seen since solar powered flashlight. The hipocrisy is staggering within the democrat & republican parties…neither can not fathom the idea of a black man obtaining the nomination for Presidency, they underestimated black peoples audacity of voting for Obama, or having temerity, boldness if you will…insolence for voting for a Black Man, inspite of the natural urges to vote for a white person in this case “Hillary”. So they dangle this “meet in the middle” condesending bait before our eyes, hoping that blacks will bite.This “dance” will continue to require that “we” lead. To wait for them to lead or to follow is to take jaunt into being even more of a social ministerial phenoms.The nerve of these folk…Gerald

  2. gerald and sandra: I just can’t believe anyone would flick this out as a viable option.People are divided over two candidates so the solution is you parachute in another option off the menu that was discontinued eight years ago? If your goal is to unite the party’s warring factions plopping in some frontman for the establishment, let me hand out the pre-mission accomplished kudos as you will have reunited blacks and white feminists out of outrage. I’m pretty sure Hillary and Barack aren’t on speaking terms of late, but I think they’d bury the hatchet just long enough to kill any Johnny-No-Delegates bogarting on their power plays. To think voters would just grin and go along with that shit is amazingly stupid. We could have saved some money on all those primaries if we were going to do the Super Delegate Deus Ex Machina Tango rather than … crazy thought … pick a candidate by a plurality of voting Democrats!How would this fix things? HOW? How would this make Obama supporters or Hillary backers happy? In what exact way would either candidate settle for being second banana on the same ticket as the man who couldn’t win his home state hence dooming us to two terms of the Bush Administration? Seriously? This is a joke, right? Seriously!I know folks think us darkies and feminists are screwing everything up by even having an actual debate but early on, everyone had a chance to vote for a variety of white men. Can we just admit it and say that the two who are still standing were the two deemed most fit to lead? Can we just admit that the other fellows running didn’t cut it because they were not as talented or appealing, not because the Dems got drunk on the feel good PC juice one night after a biracial gang bang in Chicago’s finest Rainbow Coalition Room?I mean, really, people need to get those fantasies of Al Gore making like Calgon and taking us all away to a simpler time where no one talked about race or gender because both candidates running were old white guys.Let it go, fogies. We will drag you to the future kicking and screaming if we have to.No more making stupid statements like these please!

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