Campaign 2000: The Tipper Effect

The Vice President's wife has lent his campaign a human touch and fiddled a bit under the hood

Washington is a town that loves a whodunit, and last week's mystery had it all--whispers, desperation, even reincarnation. Just who was it that prodded the starchy and straight-laced Al Gore to pluck, of all people, Tony Coelho, an affable and genuinely scandalous party veteran, to seize control of the shaky Gore presidential campaign? Was it Bill Clinton, as restless as a sidelined Michael Jordan during play-off season, who had been muttering quietly to just about everyone for weeks that his buddy Al's campaign was a mess? Was it the President's killer fund raiser and old Coelho protege, Terry McAuliffe, who fretted...

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