So Happy Together

Defying the tradition that running mates go their own ways, Clinton and Gore seem inseparable on the hustings. What is the secret of Bill and Al's excellent synergy?

Male friendship, to judge from television commercials, is both natural and automatic -- just get a bunch of guys together, down a six-pack and cement lifelong bonds by being there when the Swedish Bikini Team arrives. Reality, of course, is a bit more complicated. Think of the extremes modern men actually go to in their quest for fellowship: bonding by beating on drums in pseudo-Indian rituals, forming Rotisserie baseball leagues to talk trades on the telephone like seven-year-old boys and, yes, campaigning for national office on the same ticket.

Nothing more clearly identifies the shared baby-boomer heritage of Bill ; Clinton...

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