Save The Last Dance For Me

Al Gore's concession speech was not as good as the reviews would have it. Quoting his father about how defeat shakes the soul was the right touch of poignancy. Saying he would be mending fences in Tennessee admitted how much it hurt to be rebuffed at home. Invoking the cliched "It's time for me to go" so elegiacally displayed the mordant, subtle humor of one who accepts that life is mad. Finally we glimpsed the Gore who, according to those who love him most, always existed.

But the encomiums were overdone by a commentariat that praises freely only when it comes...

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