The Taipei Times, in Taiwan, posted the following in its June 27, 2007 issue:
Al Gore visit postponed
Former US vice president Al Gore will not be able to make it to Taiwan this September to address the issue of global warming, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) said yesterday. Tien, who invited Gore to visit Taiwan to promote awareness on global warming, told reporters yesterday that she received an e-mail from the Harry Walker Agency, which has the exclusive right to arrange Gore's speeches, saying that Gore had canceled all his scheduled events in the next six months. The visit to Taiwan had been postponed to next year, she added. Tien said the reason for the cancelation was that Gore was considering a presidential bid.
Is this item from the other side of the globe an unplanned heads-up, an erroneous miscommunication, or wishful thinking?
According to another political source, the alleged announcement date is between August 18 and 21. As I type this note, we're less than 30 minutes from that alleged window opening.
If Al Gore were to announce for President, then many Democrats I know (including many in my family and my circle of friends in the 8th District and around NC) will rise up and join Team Gore. He did, in fact and as you'd agree with me, win the 2000 race. And Americans love a come-back story. Coincidentally, we need his firm leadership more than ever on many issues - most especially on addressing climate change, repairing our foreign policy, and in regaining the world's respect for America.
Is a Gore candidacy still probable, or is it like the much-longed-for Beatles reunion forecast between 1971 and 1980 that never materialized despite all the rumors? In view of the celerity of the 2008 campaign already, is it too late for him?