Al Gore, Dems' Back-Up Plan

In spring's silly season, inconvenient nominee doesn't look impossible: Klein
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2008 1:55 PM CDT
Al Gore, Dems' Back-Up Plan
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaks at the Goteborg Aquarium.   (AP Photo/Scanpix, Adam Ihse)

(Newser) – If the Democratic nomination isn’t wrapped up before August's convention, the party might have a third choice: the one they crowned in 2000. If Barack Obama is too bloodied and Hillary Clinton too divisive, Joe Klein writes in Time, a superdelegate coup could yield an Al Gore-Obama ticket on the spot. Of course, the party would have to be “monumentally desperate.”

Angry infighting is normal at this point in a contested primary, but given the brutal tactics Clinton appears willing to deploy, Democrats might well need a fresh face for the general election. Klein allows that his plan is far-fetched, but says retreating to old reliable is exactly the thinking that landed John McCain atop the Republican heap. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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