Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert writes, “This weekend, Al Gore managed to be loose and amusing as the host of Saturday Night Live – and then stiff and smug as ever on ‘60 Minutes.

This doesn’t surprise me at all. I bet the straw that broke the camel’s back for Gore (and his poor wife, God Bless her) was the realization (probably after viewing the mess on Saturday Night) that he just didn’t want to have to deal with running a campaign that would have to become part carnival act several times per month just to win votes.

I’m glad he came to his senses. Political campaigning in this country has become ridiculous. George Bush didn’t appear on SNL (unless I’m completely mistaken), and I don’t think Joe Lieberman, Dick Gephardt or John Kerry have to in order to win their party’s nomination either.

Who pressed this idea on Gore? Chris Lehane?

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