If 2006 could be like 1994, could 2008 be like 2000?
It's a question we're hearing a lot from people who have seen Al Gore on the road with "An Inconvenient Truth," and it's one that's being raised again in light of a short item in today's New York Daily News. The paper says that Gore has hired Roy Neel -- a longtime aide who went on to run Howard Dean's presidential campaign -- to help him raise awareness of global warming.
Could Neel help out with a presidential bid, too? Yes, but he insists that's not what this is all about. Speculation about Gore in 2008 is "clearly flattering," Neel tells the Daily News, but Gore is "doing nothing to run a presidential campaign right now."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.