Campaign names from yesteryear

Rumors last week that former Vice President Al Gore was considering another run for the White House said something about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy – and it was not good.

Gore, 67, narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. A substantial number of admirers have hoped since then that he would try again.

Democrat Party officials quickly denied there was any truth to reports Gore would run again this year. Still, the fact his name was being bandied about – combined with the increasingly real possibility that Vice President Joe Biden might enter the race – will lead some voters to wonder: What is it about Clinton that political insiders know but the rest of us do not yet.

Some cynics wondered in the wake of Gore’s name being floated whether former candidates like Bruce Babbit, Jesse Jackson, Fritz Hollings or Gary Hart might also be tempted to join the race if Clinton continues to falter.

They were kidding.

We think.

The former secretary of state’s campaign has lost steam after a start in which it was widely assumed she would be the party’s anointed candidate for president.

She may gain the nomination yet, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that she’s going to have to fight for it.

And if she is the Democratic nominee, to win the White House she’ll have to overcome nagging doubts about her trustworthiness and answer questions that, frankly, some of those yesteryear candidates mentioned tongue-in-cheek wouldn’t have to contend with.