February 8, 2008
After a less than Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney suspended his campaign. Most of you probably already saw the news. But I have been asked a couple times what suspended versus dropping out means. It means he still holds his delegates for a little while. He might be able to use them as bargaining chips. For the Republican party, the individual state parties reallocate their delegates, but I believe it is not until the Convention. Romney may well be hoping to be Vice-President Romney or to suggest a nominee. If it had been a Democrat, like Edwards, the delegates are not redistributed.
October 12, 2007
Al Gore, the former Vice President, and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a statement, Gore said he was “deeply honored,” adding that “the climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”
The former vice president said he would donate his half of the $1.5 million prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a U.S. organization he founded that aims to persuade people to cut emissions and reduce global warming.
Most of us remember Gore as the stiff counter part to the charming Bill Clinton. He ran against George Bush and won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college. Many people think the election was stolen from him (because of some voter issues in Florida). I think many of the votes he got were people voting for him just to vote along their party lines and/or because he was associated with Bill Clinton. He didn’t really stand out for anything himself. He had a note worthy lack of passion about anything.
After the election he decided to dedicate himself to a cause he championed his whole career, global warming. All of a sudden he appeared alive, passionate, and like a true leader. It begs the question where was this Al Gore during the 2000 election? Maybe there would be no war, no dead soliders, no giant deficit, and no debate over whether innocent children deserve health care. Maybe scientiests could do live saving research and unlock the potential of stem cells. Maybe the world would be a better place. The one thing we know would be different, our president would actually care about global warming.
As to him running for president. I don’t think he will or that he should. At this point that would make him a liar. I also think running against Hillary Clinton would create a chasm in the party. Can you say Vice President??? (Just an idea)