Campaign Diary: He Sings, He Strains

Because Vice President Al Gore is basically a decent and well-intentioned man, you find yourself constantly wanting to rush up to him on the presidential campaign trail and save him from himself. He is a sharp guy, but he knows next to nothing about the social contract between humans, probably because it is not written down anywhere and cannot be downloaded into the Palm V organizer he keeps strapped to his belt at all times.

Last week at Somersworth High School in New Hampshire, for instance, some poor kid asked him a simple question about how to develop leadership skills. Gore...

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