Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 12:53 a.m. EDT
Deborah Orin: Al Gore May Challenge Hillary Clinton in '08
Al Gore is poised to make a comeback and could pose a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential race.
That’s the surprising news from "Inside Washington” columnist Deborah Orin of the New York Post, who writes that the former vice president "is suddenly re-emerging as a vocal and visible Bush-basher.”
A Democratic insider told Orin that Gore – who is slated to star at a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser next week – is "keeping a very strong public profile.
"He was the first major Democrat to oppose the Iraq war. He’s keeping in touch around the country and doing a lot of speeches. You don’t do all that if your goal is to play celebrity golf.” Why should Hillary worry?
Iraq is the hot-button issue for the staunchly left-wing Democrats who have a major impact on the presidential primaries, and while Gore was loudly anti-war from the start, Clinton voted for the war.
Orin writes: "It’s one thing for Clinton to contemplate a 2008 anti-war foe like little-known Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.). It’s quite another to face the MoveOn darling who won the popular vote against George W. Bush.”
A top Democratic strategist told Orin: "Americans love comebacks. "He could come back as the new Nixon – somebody who went into the wilderness and found himself.”
A good friend of mine and I had a discussion about where the heart and soul of the Democratic party really is. I think this, along with Clinton embracing raging kook sheehan makes it pretty clear