“The answer, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
—William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
In contemporary politics it is not planetary alignment that dictates action, but polling data. Like the astrologers of times past, pollsters possess remarkable sway over the judgment of their employers. Nowhere is this more evident than in the politics of the vice president. Between vacillations, Gore has demonstrated a penchant for the polemic when polling conditions are ripe, evidenced most recently by his attention to the question of privacy.