I haven't shaved in a couple of weeks, and I commented to my wife that I was going for the Al Gore look. Remember how he grew a beard after he lost the 2000 election in the Supreme Court? My wife said, "That was sad. He really looked like he had just given up all hope... But then, what can he do? He was vice president, he ran for president, and he lost. His career is over."
"Wait a minute," I said. "Gore is still fairly young, isn't he?" He's only 56. I continued, "Richard Nixon was vice president, ran for president, lost, and came back eight years later to win." I'm not saying that Gore should do this, or that he would be the best choice for the Democrats in a future election (after all, if he had been a great candidate, he would have defeated Bush by a bigger margin), but it's not only possible--it's been done before.
He would be a better choice than Hillary Clinton. I don't mind her, but too many people hate her enough that they would never change their minds and vote for her, regardless of her platform. People are already talking about Barack Obama, at least for vice president, but I think it's a little premature. He gave a great speech at the convention, but let's wait and see how he fares in Washington.
Incidentally, I ran into a couple of former co-workers on the El this afternoon. They recognized me immediately despite my Al Gore disguise.