It's hard to imagine that Gore would do such a thing - he's got money, popularity and power, so a return to the second fiddle position seems extremely unlikely. But here's what I find interesting about this suggestion: It's a great one.
Gore's stature in America and the world would... lend Obama's new administration instant credibility. It would also tell people, especially in Washington, that Obama was supremely confident, that he was unafraid of being overshadowed by the last Democratic winner of a presidential election, a two-term vice president, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Al Gore makes strategic sense for Barack because:
- His experience would compensate for Barack's lack thereof.
- His maturity corrects for Barack being too young for the job.
Does John McCain need someone to give him "instant credibility." Nope. He's credible all by himself. Would Hillary Clinton? Nope. Would anyone be worried about demonstrations of confidence from the new president if he were McCain or Hillary? Or course not.
If you need a vice president to make your top of the ticket credible, you've got the wrong man at the top of the ticket.