Mickey Kaus writes in Slate
Doesn`t anybody pander anymore? Still no Democratic presidential contender tapping anti-legalization sentiment on immigration. You`d think someone would seize this potentially vote-rich position. Washington Times speculates that someone could be ... Al Gore.
The Washington Times
Americans for Better Immigration, which opposes legalization of aliens, graded Mr. Gore an A-minus for his votes in Congress. The group gave a D to both Mr. Edwards and Mr. Obama, and graded Mrs. Clinton a D-minus.[United on immigration, Democrats divide voters By Stephen Dinan ,April 23, 2007]
Al Gore did have a good record on immigration in his previous life as a white Southern Congressman and Senator, facing the voters of the great state of Tennessee. But he also had a fairly conservative record on gun control
—as a white Southern Congressman and Senator, facing only
He had to change all that to get past Democratic primary voters in the national elections, and he duly changed. His Tennessee record is thus irrelevant.