I'm beginning to believe that Gore is taking one for the team. I think that as long as he stays sort of near 'about to file' status in terms of the Presidential election, he seems to be attracting a decent chunk of the bile that the Republicans have to spew. As long as right wing bloggers are b!tching about what fish he had for dinner or if he forgot to shut off the porch light (thereby over consuming electricity) they have no time to sling mud at any of the actual candidates. The basic election strategy for President is to energize the base with more extremist views early on and then run to the middle. So now is the time to attack a candidate because his/her current position is as far from an exact mainstream position as its going to get. If you can beat down a candidate early on, they won't have the resources to move decisively to the middle as the race gets hot. If you can't beat a particular candidate down, because you're focusing on the wrong one, that candidate saves money and other resources and never has to pander to the extreme side of his/her party. This makes it hard to attach stupid catch phrases like 'flip-flopper.' So go ahead righties keep attacking someone who's not running. Its only making your worst fear that much more likely: 8 more years of 'President Clinton.'