The Al And Dick Show

Once archrivals, Gore and Gephardt are on the verge of becoming close allies

By all appearances, it was a relaxing evening, a cozy dinner for four. The hosts served filet of sole and good white wine. They gave the guests a tour of the house, a Victorian mansion on a hill, then sat them down in the living room, where they all swapped child-rearing stories and cooed over wedding albums.

But this was no ordinary dinner, no ordinary time. The date was Jan. 24, 1998, three days after an atom bomb named Monica was dropped on the capital. The hosts were Al and Tipper Gore; House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt and his wife...

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