Frank Rich ("The Cannes Landslide for Al Gore") says "[T]he unexpected rebirth of Al Gore says more about the desperation of the Democrats than it does about him."
Gore was right early about Iraq, and ahead of the curve on global warming, but "Gore the uninhibited private citizen is not the same as Gore the timid candidate." One of his cardinal virtues, says Rich, is that he's not Hillary Clinton, a sentiment shared by many.
Kicker: "Even so, let's hope Mr. Gore runs...he could at the very least play the role of an Adlai Stevenson or Wendell Willkie, patriotically goading the national debate onto higher ground.... While a Gore candidacy could not single-handedly save the Democrats from themselves any more than his movie can vanquish 'X-Men' at the multiplex, it might at least force the party powers that be to start facing some inconvenient but necessary truths."