Don't Do It Al

Should Gore run for president? He may be the best of them all.

He’s been against the war in Iraq since the beginning. He’s been leading the fight against global warming. He’s the star of the second-most popular documentary in history. He just won an Oscar. And he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He’s on a roll. So why doesn’t Al Gore run for president?

That’s what a lot of Democrats are asking. And even some Republicans. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman, just wrote a column begging Al to run. Well, Joe, take it from me. That would be making a big mistake. Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to see Al Gore in the White House. He’d make a great president. And he deserves to be there. After all, he won the 2000 election by over a half-million votes.

But I think it’ll be a mistake for Gore to run. Because, while the media loves him now, they can’t wait to tear him apart once he becomes a politician again. Already, they’re trying to paint him as a hypocrite on global warming. Frankly, eight years later, I’d hate to see Al Gore go through that painful process again.

And why bother? Today, he’s a rock star. He’s one of the most popular people on the planet. He’s probably doing more good than he could ever do as president.

My advice? Don’t do it.

Don’t run, Al, don’t run.