That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.


In the aftermath of Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize, focus has shifted from “Will Al Run?” to “Who Will He Endorse?” Although a recent Vanity Fair piece explains why there’s no love lost between Gore and Hillary Clinton, the Politico’s Roger Simon believes that the endorsement will happen. He argues that although Clinton voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, the major candidates now have staked out similar positions about what they would do to get troops out of the country — which is to say, rather non-committal.

Writes Simon, “Given that, plus the small political consideration that Hillary has reached 50 percent in two national polls (50 percent in a field where there are eight credible candidates is extraordinary), the question for Gore becomes: Why not endorse Hillary?

Especially considering there might be something in it for him and his movement.”

Colbert Bid: Channeling Pat Paulsen, Stephen Colbert announces plans for a White House bid — but plans to run only in South Carolina. Says Obama’s campaign spokesman Bill Burton: “As Rudy Giuliani would say, he’s no Ronald Reagan.”

Cooter Not for Clinton: Ben Jones, the former “Dukes of Hazzard” star and congressman from Georgia, is endorsing John Edwards. Campaigning for him, he criticized former President Clinton.

“Let me put it this way, I think the world of Barack Obama and he is the future of this party. Hillary Clinton and Slick Willie and those people, they are the past,” Jones said. “John Edwards is the present for the Democratic Party.”

Walker for Obama: Writer Alice Walker has endorsed Barack Obama, and even did a testimonial to make a few points.