You really shouldn’t go hunting for political news at 2 in the morning

Because what you find just starts to gnaw at your mind. Here’s what’s eating me:

Gore Endorsement Rumor Kicking Around Clinton Campaign

That shit’s dated February-frickin-7th. That means it’s FRESH GOSSIP.

Then I did a little more diggin…

Before Iowa, people were calling for gore’s obama endorsement.

Before Super Tuesday, people were calling for gore’s obama endorsement.

Jesus, back in September, people were calling for gore’s obama endorsement.

I just can’t get in the guy’s mind. Is he waiting to have the biggest impact? You’d think that that would have been pre-Super Tuesday. But maybe now is his moment to really influence the race, he can just tap Obama over the edge. Let the Kennedy’s be the pre Feb 5 team, and Al will pick it up from there.

Is he trying his best to see how to advance the cause of fighting global climate change? And what calculus would you even use to determine the optimal timing of an Obama endorsement in terms of carbon emissions prevented?

One thing that comes to mind is that Al may be tired of politics. Endorsing may seem like an unnecessary shot across the Clintons’ bow, and he’d really rather just stay out of it.

This is obviously a separate question from whether or not endorsements matter. (I think they do. I think that Oprah may be the most beloved figure on Earth, and that her stamp of approval means something to lots of people, including hordes of 30-plus white women. Now tell me that don’t matter.)

John Edwards is another guy whose endorsement is curiously absent. When I was making calls for the Obama campaign, and I’d come across an Edwards supporter who didn’t want to be courted, I’d say something like this:

“You know, I really respect that John Edwards got out of the campaign before Super Tuesday. He didn’t feel that his role was that of a kingmaker – he was a candidate, not a power broker. Though he could have benefited from such a role personally, he chose the honorable way out.”

And now? Isn’t his endorsement almost the same thing as choosing the democratic nominee? The very position that he didn’t put himself in by pulling out? Maybe, maybe not. But its possible that he’s doing the honorable thing by not endorsing.

Maybe these guys, John and Al, they feel like they shouldn’t endorse, because that screws with the people’s choice.

I can’t figure out how I feel about that, and I guess that’s what I get for trolling for political news at 2 in the morning. At least I’m not as bad as this guy.


2 Responses to “You really shouldn’t go hunting for political news at 2 in the morning”

  1. 1 Sebastion Bach February 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah, these “rumors” seem like little more than the press trying to scare up a story. Same thing with the Bloomberg thing. Huff Post was treating ‘rumors’ that Bloomberg was considering a run like front page news yesterday. There’s no need for that; it’s not even a slow news cycle.

    I feel like Gore has too much to lose. It’s become fashionable to speculate on the ways that he could throw his hat in — the most popular of which is the idea of Gore being selected at the mythical brokered convention. Horseshit! As for the endorsement, Gore looked dumb when he endorsed Dean, he has no reason to want to make enemies with whoever he doesn’t endorse.

    I guess there have been a couple of endorsements that carried some weight this season, but there are others that seem totally meaningless. Who gives a shit what Susan Eisenhower has to say about anything (or Tom Daschel, for that matter). And who asked for Clint Eastwood’s opinion on anything?!

  2. 2 ishum February 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Not to mention Chuck Norris, Hulk Hogan, Scarlet Johanson, Robert DeNiro…

    I think that it’s OK for famous people to campaign for candidates, I just don’t think that we should treat their endorsements as a reason to vote one way or another. If, on the other hand, we respect these celebrities for some reason or another (that’s why they’re celebrities, right?), their campaigning on behalf of one candidate or another might make us more receptive to their message.

    As to rumors..when are you allowed to say when there’s smoke there’s fire?

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