AL GORE IS toast. That's the inescapable conclusion about the Tennessean's presidential candidacy in the year 2000, after the Washington Post's Sunday front-page blockbuster revealing that Gore was the "solicitor-in-chief" (as they nicknamed him at the Democratic National Committee) for the '96 ticket's law-flouting fundraising machine. Bob Woodward's story, based on 100 interviews and documents recently obtained by congressional investigators, painted a thoroughly unappealing picture. Gore's telephone solicitations were as subtle as a collection agency's dunnings, and contributors told Woodward that Gore's influence-peddling was "revolting"... More >>>