"Like a dateless and desperate guy who is calling up a girlfriend about two years late, Al Gore finally is expressing serious interest in single-payer healthcare. Better late than never. But before we can examine Gore's plan, he has to come up with one. For the moment, though, it is enough that he has even put the issue on the table. Healthcare, like the economy and the environment, is one of the big issues on which polls show most voters look to Democrats for the best answers. Yet Democrats oddly avoided these issues and just about every other galvanizing theme in their recently disastrous midterm election campaigns."