i don't think he ever had any political stock. he stands for all the same things his opponents do, and you can tell how excited the voters were in 2000 by how close the election was. Al Gore has always been pro-WTO, pro-death penalty, pro-drug war. he tried to kill the kyoto protocol before any of us really heard about it, he tried to institute sanctions against south africa for importing cheap aids medicine from south america, and when we were sued through WTO because dolphin-safe tuna was a barrier to free trade, he was the one who came up with the idea that as long as the fishermen don't see dolphins caught/dead in nets, tuna is dolphin-safe. he's always been a scumbag.