An Early Lock on Veep, at Least

Al Gore for Vice President? You won't see any bumper stickers bearing those words. No presidential candidate worth his matching funds would admit that his wish list has room for second place. When the subject came up at a press conference last week, Gore looked as though he had sniffed a skunk in church. Four times in 90 seconds, he declared, "I have no interest." He is, Gore insists, a national candidate for the presidency, not merely a regional entry or would-be power broker.

He's right: his clever tactic of positioning himself as the only Democratic centrist and his impressive grasp...

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