Al Gore's idea of "standing up to 'Big Oil'" is for all of us to ride bikes and wear heavier coats in the winter. We're supposed to ratchet back our expectations so that we don't disturb some migratory bird by drilling for oil in Alaska.
The West Nile virus came to my neck of the woods last week, when four dead crows turned up in southern Maryland and Washington, D.C. Am I scared? Yes, the possible presence of infected mosquitoes in my lakeside neighborhood is worrisome.
This just in: The government discovered that moviemakers want people to see movies. Worse yet, they do so through the use of "gratuitous violence."
The vote of American Catholics is hotly pursued. There is nothing among Catholics approaching the unity of Jews (Democratic) or blacks (ditto). Their fluidity (a slight majority went GOP for Reagan, and Democratic for Clinton in 1996) make them prime targets of political recruiters.
Some like to think of the Olympic Games as the non-political antidote to geopolitical strife. Not so. On the official, bureaucratic level, ideology and the Olympics are becoming increasingly, and ever more ridiculously, intertwined.
Washington once again is drunk with power. This week, House and Senate conferees agreed to set a national .08 blood alcohol level to define drunken driving, and to penalize states that do not adopt the standard by holding back on some of their share of federal highway funds.
In his debate with George W. Bush on Oct. 3, Al Gore relentlessly attacked Bush's tax plan as a giveaway to the rich. Based on an analysis by the liberal group Citizens for Tax Justice, Gore charged that the top 1 percent of taxpayers -- those with incomes above $319,000 -- would receive 42.6 percent of the total tax cut.
Once again, on the subject of abortion, the big players tended to miss the point. When that subject is raised in political circumstances raw fear abounds. Some voters are guided by strong emotions on the matter. This brings on circumspect language.