Friday, April 5

Here Today, Gore Tomorrow?

There are many ways of describing Albert Gore, Jr. Of them, three spring to mind: Hamlet without the penetrating intellect or playful streak; a middlebrow poli-sci professor who received tenure just before his university raised its academic standards; future presidential candidate. Of these, the third is increasingly becoming the most inappropriate. In this column, E.J. Dionne explains why Al Gore must speak now or risk being consigned to the ranks of those forced forever to hold their peace. It doesn't attempt to predict the next Democratic candidate, but it does provide brief, cogent summaries of the current positions of the leading contenders.