Everyone with a political bone in their body who was watching the Oscars last night was asking the same question: Is Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreGinsburg calls proposal to eliminate Electoral College 'more theoretical than real' Difference between primaries and caucuses matters in this election Emma Thompson pens op-ed on climate change: 'Everything depends on what we do now' MORE, possibly, maybe, kind of, sort of, running?

It could not have gone much better for him. A lot of eyeballs, as we say in the ad business, focusing on him. Humor. A strong issue. Al Gore at his best.

It is clear to me that Al Gore can wait things out, that he does not need as much of 2007 devoted to raising money, organizing, and traveling the country as a political candidate as do the others who are in the race. He has the luxury of sitting back and waiting some of the others out, watching how the race develops, determining whether any of the candidates begin to catch fire or self-destruct — and not engaging in the wild frenzy of the usual campaign start-up.

In other words, Al Gore can lay back for a while, possibly until the summer. He is the one candidate who starts on second base. He can raise the needed money, he can get the needed media attention, he can organize on a dime. Keep your seatbelts fastened, this campaign may get a whole lot more interesting than it already is!