Yes, We Know It's 2002...

But Al Gore and his rivals already are campaigning like it's 2004. And then there's Tipper

There were only about 40 people on hand to witness it last Tuesday night when Al Gore dipped a tentative toe back into politics. At a fund raiser for Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal at a downtown Washington steak house, Gore--still bearded and not yet back in fighting trim--tried out a few self-deprecating one-liners. He spends his days teaching a bit, he told the smallish room. "I'm a visiting professor--v.p. for short. It's a way of hanging on."

Three days later, Gore was thinking about another title: candidate's spouse. As word spread that Tipper Gore was considering a run for the...

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