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Could Al Gore Leapfrog Hillary And Obama ?

by @ 8:26 am on March 25, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

At least one Democratic Congressman seems to think it’s possible:

U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, whose district includes much of Martin and St. Lucie counties, is hoping he won’t have to attend the Democratic Party national convention in Denver in August.

If he does go, that will mean the Democrats still haven’t decided a nominee for the presidential election. And if neither Sen. Hillary Clinton nor Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the nomination by August, Mahoney says we may see a brokered convention, meaning the nominee could emerge from a negotiated settlement.

“If it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” Mahoney said.

A compromise candidate could be someone such as former vice president Al Gore, Mahoney said last week during a meeting with this news organization’s editorial board.

Mahoney’s “compromise” is, in a word, absurd. There’s simply no way that Clinton and Obama, and their supporters, are going to accept the idea that someone who has spent the last year sitting on the sidelines collected royalty checks from his movie, along with generous speaking fees, and a Nobel Peace Prize, is going to somehow waltz into Denver and take the top spot on the ticket.

While neither Clinton nor Obama are likely to walk into the convention with enough pledged delegates to win the nomination, one of them will walk in with the most pledged delegates and a majority of the popular vote. It will then be up to Mahoney and the rest of the superdelegates to decide what they’re going to do.

But that, I think, is really what Mahoney’s fantasy is all about.

He doesn’t want to make a choice between Obama and Clinton. And he especially doesn’t want to have to face the consequences of that choice later on down the line, whatever they might be. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of other superdelegates feel the same way. Unfortunately, though, the byzantine nomination process that that Democratic Party created has led to this and they will have to make a choice whether they like it or not.

There isn’t going to be a savior coming in at the last minute to relieve the superdelegates from doing their job.

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