Certain corners of the liberal blogosphere, suffering from various combinations of amnesia and masochism, have hit upon the perfect Presidential candidate for 2008: Al Gore. See Marshall Wittman, Matthew Yglesias, Ezra Klein, Atrios, Scott Lemieux. They like the fact that he was actually against the Iraq war. This seems to have blinded them to another important fact: Al Gore is just an incredibly, embarassingly, unforgivably bad candidate. This is the guy who managed to turn a booming economy and the advantages of incumbency into a defeat by our completely inarticulate current President. This is the guy who would dramatically change his style from debate to debate based on what he saw on Saturday Night Live. This is the guy who moved to distance himself from his boss by demonstrating that he only lusted after his wife, by French-kissing her before his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. This is another in a long line of Democratic politicians will always come across to most voters as 100% irredeemably phony. I can hear the anguished cries of recrimination in Nov. 2008 all the way from here. The lonely voice of reason seems to be Julie Saltman. More evidence that men shouldn't be allowed to make important political decisions.