Somehow, this story reminds me of “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”
I mean, if Obama/Gore battles it out with McCain/? to a near draw and it comes down to…oh…Tennessee? And he loses again? I wonder if that’s crossing his mind.
Or maybe it goes the other way. Maybe he was fated to be President. Could the possibility tempt him?
For most observers, the idea of Gore as Obama’s VP would mean he’s in charge of the climate.
Yes, at first blush another Vice Presidency would be beneath Gore. But Obama has no huge emotional investment in either energy/environment/climate change or science & technology, and Gore cares about them passionately. Obama could give him primary authority in those areas without having a full “co-Presidency.” It’s hard to see how Gore does more for what he cares about from the outside.
But Gore might see it as a route back to winning what he thought he already won.
I wonder if Gore’s 10-year challenge to sever electricity from fossil fuels will help or hurt him? Suddenly, the Republicans have an incentive to run the numbers on his idea. It won’t be hard to make it look very expensive. And what if Obama/Gore wins, serves eight years, and the US is falling short (as it surely will, since Gore’s goal is impossible)?