Rich Galen

His signature issue is Global Warming which will get him a great deal of positive press. No one has better bona fides on the issue, but it is hard to see how being a one-trick pony will be enough.

Biggest plus? It may be eight-years-old, but he still has the fundraising list. Biggest minus? He is BIG. Al Gore is now so heavy you could hang ropes off him and use him as a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.# John Kerry is still up there in the minds of many rank-and-file Democrats as the best candidate for President. A recent poll - even after the "botched joke" - had him tied with Gore with 10 percent of Democrats saying they would like him to be the nominee.

Kerry is up for re-election in 2008 and running for both President and Senator would be a tough juggle both from a time standpoint and on the fundraising front.

Biggest plus? Theresa's check book. Biggest minus? No sense of humor.

Friday: The GOP frontrunners.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to a recent poll showing the early line on both Republican and Democratic candidates for President; a death-defying Mullfoto of a fire at Atlanta airport; and a content-appropriate Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at