Rich Galen

Which brings us to the Democratic side of the ledger. The enormous shadow which is being cast over the Democratic field is being generated by none other than Al Gore.

The same USAToday/Gallup poll which had Senator Clinton at 36%, had Senator Barack Obama at 22%. Former Senator John Edwards was at 9%.

Al Gore was right smack in the middle at 18% - much closer to Obama (- 4) than to Edwards (+ 9).

Al Gore is going to win the Nobel Peace Prize which will lead to him hearing America's call for him to run for President.

I NEED Gore to run for President. I have to write three days a week. Without John Kerry in the race I need someone like Gore to provide … well, not a light touch exactly, but you know what I mean.

The Presidential field, which only a week or so ago looked like it was pretty well settled, is gaining a bunch of new entrants.

As Fred Thompson's character, Admiral Josh Painter, said in "The Hunt for Red October"

This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to all the articles and to The Polling Report's page of polls on the Democratic Field. Also a very confusing Mullfoto and a 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