A little over a year ago, I sat in the Prospector Theater in Park City at the unholy hour of 8:30AM to catch a screening of An Incovenient Truth. Interestingly, everyone seemed to want this to be "Al Gore's movie," to the extent that I hardly ever heard anyone refer to the director, Davis Guggenheim. In part, this probably has something to do with the rather surprising fact that Al Gore was actually really interesting and engaging in the film. That cold morning in Park City a year ago, he certainly set the packed crowd on fire during the post-show Q&A. At that time, he glibly fended off questions about whether he would ever run for again for the presidency of the United States, with a wave of his hand and a terse, "I like to think of myself as a recovered politician." Could it be, though, that the wave of success of An Inconvenient Truth just might force Gore into running again, whether he likes it or not?
There's an interesting debate going on over on Hollywood Elsewhere addressing this question. Especially in light of Gore's nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize, this might be the most opportune time ever for him to make a run at staging a remarkable comeback. You can bet there are Democratic party heads foaming at the bit to get Gore to toss his hat into the ring for the presidency, but will he? Gore's focus the past several years has been steadily on the issue of global warming, and he said last year at Park City that he didn't want to dilute that focus by having the other responsibilities of politics to worry about.
However, if Gore does run -- and wins -- we could have a very interesting situation where a movie ends up as the means by which a former vice president ends up with both a Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency. Now that would be something. What do you think? Will Gore hold back a bit and let Hilary, Obama and Edwards tussle it out for a while, before swooping in to make a go at the Democratic nomination? Or should he stay out of the political arena and keep his focus on global warming?