The Art of Being Bradley

He's compassionate, prickly, introspective and shrewd--and his high-minded pitch could grab the nomination from Gore

This is a good day to be Bill Bradley. It's a warm September afternoon, the day Bradley presides over his campaign kickoff in his boyhood hometown of Crystal City, Mo.--and the day the chattering classes begin to realize what Bradley already knows: he has maneuvered himself into position to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Al Gore. The former basketball star and three-term New Jersey Senator has just given what some are calling the most effective speech of his career, a fuzzy, conversational, unabashedly idealistic sermon that sells him as the savior of politics itself ("The American people have a right...