Debra J. Saunders

Besides, Gore has a history of burning bridges after he loses. After he lost his first bid for the White House in 1988, Gore faulted his pollsters and handlers, and pledged to listen to his inner voice. Since 2000, Gore again has pledged to be less political and more authentic. In 2002, the New New Al Gore promised to just "let it rip."

He let it rip all right.

Gore had no problem picking up the telephone to dial for dollars from the White House during the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. But when it came to engaging in the simple courtesy of calling Lieberman to give him a heads-up, Gore was a hang-up.

A thinking man should at the very least have anticipated that the press would ask if the call had been made and known that Gore would look bad if it hadn't. So the question is: Was the New New Al Gore so squeamish about calling Lieberman that he wouldn't make the call? Or is Joe Lieberman 2000, like the old Al Gore, such old news that the New New Al Gore forgot him?

Debra J. Saunders

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