CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Today might go down in history as the beginning of Al Gore's 2008 presidential campaign.
With the election season dormant, MoveOn.org is trying to drum up interest in Gore's jihad against global warming, and is turning to some of the grassroots/netroots organizing techniques that are staples of political campaigns, but seldom have been used to boost environmental issues. Or is it trying to launch something that could turn into another race for the Democratic nomination by Gore?
On Saturday, Dec. 16, MoveOn hopes to get people to gather in homes acrosss the nation to watch the 2000 winner of the popular vote's film, An Inconvenient Truth. This e-mail from MoveOn materialized out of the blue moments ago:
''Next Saturday, we're going to get together in living rooms all over the country, watch the film on DVD, have a national conference call to discuss next steps, and start seriously mobilizing people. We'll even get a chance to talk to Al Gore and ask him questions."
The e-mail noted that MoveOn is not alone. It said groups from the Sierra Club to the League of Conservation Voters are holding similar events that day. The MoveOn message added that the goal was to push Congress to do something about climate change. ''We've elected a Democratic Congress, the next step is to make sure they do the right thing. If we can organize thousands of parties and thousands of us sign up and attend, we'll send a clear message to Washington: Now is the time to act on climate change," it said. Gore was on the Oprah Winfrey show earlier this week promoting the house parties across the nation.
Still, I couldn't help but think this is a way for Gore to slip back into the saddle. Does anybody really suspect his mindseye hasn't seen visions of the White House every once in a while?