There’s a hue and cry over Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean so long before the first primary votes are cast, as if Gore’s nod carried enough weight to make the race all but over. (If that were true, he wouldn’t be former Vice President Gore, but that’s another debate.) Arguments about Dean’s gaffes, electability, etc. aside, if memory serves, at this time in 1999 George W. Bush had been endorsed by many prominent Republicans, including Lamar Alexander and Elizabeth Dole. But they’re good Republicans; they march in lockstep, present a united front, and never show any dissent in the ranks. Yeah, right.