And Maybe Al Gore Too?

The Hill reports:

Al Gore’s supporters have started chatting with the former vice president about a potential 2016 presidential bid, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday, citing an unnamed senior Democrat. “They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically,” the Democrat told BuzzFeed, which noted Gore hasn’t made any moves toward running. “It feels more real than it has in the past months.” ABC’s Rick Klein tweeted that a former Gore adviser confirmed that a “circle of his former aides are talking about” a potential 2016 bid though they are still in the very early part of the discussion. Gore starting trending nationally on Twitter shortly after the reports emerged Thursday. The former vice president to Bill Clinton was the Democratic presidential nominee and won the popular vote during the 2000 election to George W. Bush, though he lost the election.

UPDATE: Politico smacks down the rumors:

Despite some hopeful speculation among Democrats that Al Gore might jump into the 2016 presidential race in the face of Hillary Clinton’s troubles, people close to the former vice president and Democratic nominee say he’s not considering it. “There’s no truth to it. He’s laser-focused on solving the climate crisis,” Gore spokeswoman Betsy McManus told POLITICO Thursday evening. In recent days other close Gore advisers have also told POLITICO that they have not heard of any interest from the 2000 Democratic nominee in another run. One likely reason for the current speculation about Gore is that Clinton is facing new iterations of email-gate, flagging poll numbers and still-surging Bernie Sanders-mania, despite a conviction among many Democratic strategists that Sanders is not electable. And strategists know that if Clinton falters, there are probably only two tried-and-true Democratic candidates who can be considered experienced enough to step in: Vice President Joe Biden is one (and is said to be actively considering a run), and the other is Gore, Biden’s Democratic predecessor as veep.

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  • Gustav2

    Not enough political Viagra in the world…gad the press hates the Clintons.

    • Gerry Fisher

      It’s a love-hate thang.

    • JT

      They’re also looking for something to cover on the Democratic side and are probably sick of reporting on the antics of the Repuke clown car.

  • Todd20036

    I honestly don’t know if this will go anywhere, but even if all these new opponents fall by the wayside, a little competition has got be to better than a coronation.

    • JD

      I would love for Bernie to upset this sense of fait accompli

  • TommyTune
    • Grant

      It’s Gore’s people. They’re firing at Hillary to get her shit together.

      • houstonray

        Amen to that…for someone so politically astute, and someone who’s had to deal with this kind of mud for decades, they have totally screwed this up haven’t they?

    • GayOldLady

      And Gore’s camp really isn’t a camp, it’s more like “Gore, Table of 2”

  • LonelyLiberal

    Doubtful. Hillary is definitely the big dog in the room, with Sanders second. However, as Todd noted, I certainly don’t object to some healthy competition, even if it’s only rumor.

    • ZhyKitty

      I’ve my doubts that Mr Gore, who has (sadly) been a running joke in the media, especially in right wing media (with occasional snickers even from our own side) since his last presidential bid, has any actual competitiveness to bring to the table… but he seems a nice enough fellow, and I’ve always enjoyed listening to what he has to say, so I’m good with whatever.
      I don’t know why he’d waste the money, but, all comers are welcome to try!
      (I suppose to the filthy rich, trying to save money isn’t always their first concern, the way it is for the rest of us.)

      • LonelyLiberal

        I tend to think you’re right; he brings nothing terribly innovative to the Dem ticket, he’s already lost a Presidential election, and he’s rather old looking at this point (which shouldn’t be a consideration but always is).

        It’s also awfully late in the game for him to be jumping in. At this point, he’d need a good campaign staff and funding in place already, as well as need to be on the campaign trail already.

        • Gustav2

          How much of this is to counter the Republican meme the Democrats don’t have a deep bench and are weak?

          “You know, all they have Hillary’s coronation.”

          • Well, if the Republicans want to crown a Queen that’s what they want — always taking us backwards. I, however, will vote on a President.

          • Gustav2

            Hell, that would mean they would crown Lindsey.

          • LonelyLiberal

            Some, undoubtedly, but most of the time these rumors just waft around. In this case, Gore supporters are floating the idea, but it doesn’t seem to have a lot of buoyancy.

            In recent years, the Dems float one or two or three Very Serious Candidates, and the mushy middle doesn’t seem terribly impressed by the Clown Car tendencies of the Republican side.

        • BobSF_94117

          he’s already lost a Presidential election

          Don’t discount the power of revenge voting. A lot of people are still very pissed off about how Gore “lost” 2000.

  • bkmn

    The time to be mulling a run for President was about a year ago. If you don’t have backers and the semblance of a campaign staff together by now you should not think about running. This is, at most, an attempt to have some influence over the other candidates.

    • BobSF_94117

      But why don’t we ask why that’s the case? It does not serve this democracy that the GOP has succeeded in turning the campaign into a two-year poll-fest.

  • barracks9

    Bloom County returned at just the right moment. Berkeley Breathed could have a field day with Al Gore in the mix. His Trump stuff has been gold already.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’m surprised at the quality of the revised Bloom County. 🙂 (I love Bill the Cat.)

  • People4Humanity

    Ugh. SCOTUS unconscionably gave us W.

    • douglas

      you mean black robed unelected activist judges?

      • delk

        Lawyers.

      • People4Humanity

        yea

  • bambinoitaliano

    I think his time has past. The Democrats can’t go the way the rethuglicans are going. Old relic white folks just does not cut it anymore.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Why bring someone aboard who has a few of the negatives of the front runner (age, questionable political ability, ties to “the past”)?

  • Cuberly
  • LovesIrony

    Al Gorse supporters your table for 3 is ready

  • Circle Thomas

    Not a chance. And I say that as someone who spent the past four years working for “Gore’s people”–and Gore himself–at the agency they founded after the Supreme Court declared Bush the victor.

  • GayOldLady

    Al Gore can’t disappear from the political arena for 15 years and then just return as if 2000 was yesterday. His time has passed along with his opportunity. This is just a bit of political hyperbole, likely generated from the pundit class, to stir the pot on the Dem side. It won’t work. The Democrat candidates will never be the clusterfuck that the GOP group of candidates is and nothing the pundit class does can make it happen.

  • Stubenville

    Anyone but that Bucket Clinton woman.

  • Prion