2004, Here We Come

In the language of American life, only two words have the power to outrage and anesthetize simultaneously: presidential campaign. For some, it's a sad fact that we are now always in the midst of campaign season, but--and bear with me here--we at TIME think of presidential politics as the world's most important parlor game. It really can be kind of fun.

A few months ago, Karen Tumulty went inside the mind of Al Gore and predicted that it was quite possible that he would skip another run at the White House. A month later Gore announced he was doing exactly that....

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