Act locally? Was Gore taking his warming theory a little too literally? And what does it say about America when the paper of record is now the National Enquirer?
This woman seems a bit melodramatic but seriously, "Mr. Stone" and abdominal massages? Sounds like code, in a foot tapping under the stall kind of way. Good thing the Portland paper had the guts to spike the story while the New York Times was embarrassing itself over the McCain affair story while the Dems were riding high. But I digress.
Gore is of course presumed innocent and hasn't been charged with anything to this point. We conservatives usually get mad when smears are run against our guys, so it's best to keep some perspective.
But part of the perspective is how this story is being handled, and was handled when it became known. Presuming the very same charge/evidence, had the subject been Cheney (or just about any known Republican) it's pretty likely the media would have reacted quite differently. After all, they knew about the Edwards affair and stood by mute as he ran for vice-president. So it's natural to assume they might be covering up here, too. It's akin to the glowing press yesterday about Obama's appointment of Petraeus as "brilliant" or a "masterstroke" when he was left with little choice.
Anyway, the commenters on JOM (linked above) are probably having a bit too much fun with this story, but they dredged up an oldie from the 2000 debates that probably cost Gore a few votes, claiming it as perhaps an insight into his personality..
I've always thought it was more an insight into his political handlers, who were probably telling him he needed to be more macho--and not necessarily his personality. But it was a creepy moment for sure. And again something, if done by a Cheney-type figure, could have spelled the end of a career.