BUMPER CROP Something about the N.A.A.C.P., visited by both candidates last week, brings out the promises in folks. George W. shook off his birthday-week slump and beat his own record for pledges. Gore continued the previous week's spree.
--To enforce civil rights laws --To help the poor get health insurance --To improve foster-care system (five pledges: $1.3 billion) --To fight the "bigotry of low expectations" --To connect veterans with youth through mentoring --To advance racial harmony
--To clean up polluted brownfields --To promote accountability in schools --To give every child access to full health care within four...