Keeping Hollywood sweet is an important part of Gore's re-election plan: Remember, Dole attacked it in '96 and lost; Clinton said it was "moving in the right direction" and the campaign dollars rolled in. Gore praised Archie Bunker, Oscar the Grouch, and even threw in a "Mr.Smith Goes to Washington" finance-reform reference for the Jimmy Stewart fans.
But he reserved his highest praise for one Ellen DeGeneres. "When the character Ellen came out, millions of Americans were forced to look at sexual orientation in a more open light," Gore told the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.
The Veep's decision to side with the highly-rated sitcom was potentially controversial, given the angry letters ABC received over Ellen's coming out episode. But millions more watched the show without complaint — and Al wasn't about to win any votes from the Christian Coalition, anyway. Now if only Tipper could watch MTV without flinching, her husband would be home and dry.