That day we felt that we had met a soul brother and a person of rare quality. Since that time Gore has run three national campaigns, been there, done that. In his last campaign for president he was savaged by the press yet still won the popular vote, only to have the election stolen in what has turned out to be an enormous tragedy for our country and the world.
Today Al Gore is still a man on a mission and for him the mission is paramount! He is once again saying that “he has no plans to run.” I believe however that as before, he could be persuaded to change his mind if enough of us ask him to by building a strong and credible draft movement, if he comes to believe that he can win and if he believes that this would be the best way to accomplish his mission. Now this is a lot of ifs, and if along the way he picks up an Oscar and a Nobel prize so much the better.
Lesley and I were among those who participated in the now famous February 8 “Boston” meeting (actually it was Cambridge) with Elaine Kamarck, former senior policy adviser to Al Gore, for a discussion about how best to grow the movement to draft him which seems to be taking shape almost organically around the nation. While none of us talked to the press about it, somehow it was leaked to the AP and reported to the world. Ten days later, we’re still seeing references to this meeting all over the internet and in print media. It has been discussed on cable news shows with the punditry speculating on it’s possible meaning.
I believe that Al Gore today, just as in 1992 is following his heart and his calling and really doesn’t have a plan to run. And I think that he genuinely doesn’t at this moment know exactly where his calling will lead him, but he can’t and shouldn’t stop the burgeoning movement to draft him for the democratic nomination until he does know. I pray that an opening presents itself and that he responds by accepting a draft.
Al, the world and your country need you and we still want you to be the next President of the Unites States.
For information about this growing draft movement go to: algore.org, draftgore.com, and mass4gore.com.