Bradley's Soft Sell

On the trail, Gore's Democratic rival discovers the joys and perils of restraint

Several times daily, as Bill Bradley's wandering gaze carries him out of whatever room he happens to be in on the campaign trail, dark shadows cover his face, and he looks as though he might be considering how good it would feel to throttle Al Gore. It gets old going around telling audiences about the goodness in all of us and the untapped potential of human kindness, while at every turn Gore waits to beat on him like a birthday pinata.

In November, when the Gore people had been swinging from the heels, characterizing Bradley's health-care plan as a budget-busting debacle...

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