Cross Posted at Daily Kos and MyDD
Fact #1: Despite twelve listed candidates, a majority of the Netroots want Al Gore to be the Democratic nominee for President in 2008.
Fact #2: Al Gore is on the record as saying he has little interest in running, but has said “I haven’t completely ruled it out.”
Fact #3: There has been little effort to draft Al Gore.
This is largely an extension of PsiFighter37’s diary where he points out that there is little unified effort to draft Gore to run. I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t wholeheartedly agree with him.
The best recent example of a successful draft movement has to be Jim Webb – Webb entered the race and won the primary largely because of the guaranteed support he knew he was going to get if he chose to run. I was one of the many who pledged to volunteer for the campaign should he run, and sure enough, I trekked down to Virginia on Election Day to help get out the vote in Arlington.
I strongly believe that Al will run if a lot of ordinary people want him to. As PsiFighter37 points out, there is no single draft that has gained noticeable traction, but DraftGore.com seems to have, by a considerable margin, the most signatures thus far at about 17,100. I propose we make this the “official” draft for Al Gore supporters. This means more than just signing – it means emailing and spreading the word to all of your Democratic (and non Democratic) friends. With about 400,000 visits every day to Daily Kos alone, there is no reason we cannot pump that number into six digits in little to no time.
After writing this diary, I am going to contact Draft Gore and ask that they personally deliver the petitions to Al on behalf of all of us that support him. If they cannot or will not do so, I will ask them if I can deliver them myself. But 17,100 is not enough folks – lets get that number up to 50,000 by the end of today…I have never asked that one of my diaries be recommended, but if you want Al Gore to run and represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, you’ll do more than just vote for him in a Daily Kos Fantasy Poll. A draft movement is necessary and it needs to start NOW!
Another thing that you can do is donate to the Draft Gore ActBlue page. Remember: the number of donors is far more important than the total money raised. Al wants to see that he has supporters, not how rich his supporters are. And your money will not be wasted should he choose not to run: if that happens – and we all hope that it doesn’t – the funds will be to the DNC.
Please get involved. If you care about the future of our country, you need to join me and the 17,100 others in drafting Al.
Note: I am in no way affiliated with the Draft Gore website or organization.