<1) Anyone here believe that Gore, as vp, would be making those kinds of policy decisions for Clinton? Come ON!>
In the debates (dont remember which one for sure, but I think it was #2) Gore said that he had Putin or Chernimyrdin (sp?) over for dinner to discuss a recent foreign policy event. That kind of lends credibility that he could have been dealing directly with Russia. That assumes he didnt make that story up too.
Edit: I found it:
"I invited the former prime minister of Russia to my house and took a risk in asking him to get personally involved, along with the head of Finland, to go to Belgrade and to take a set of proposals from the United States that would constitute, basically, a surrender by Serbia. But it was a calculated risk that paid off."
It's from the first debate, and I cut-n-pasted it from the CNN website, http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/debates/transcripts/u221003.html
Given what Clinton/Gore have gotten away with in the past 8 years, I wonder if Bush/Cheney are greedily eyeing the oral, er um, oval office and will they look forward to 4 years of being able to commit similar atrosities? Do they expect apathetic Joe Q. Public to shrug off or ignore anything shady they might try? Bush promised to restore dignity to the office. The media, I'm sure, has 10,000,000 copies of those words coming out his lips just in case his administration slips up. Either way, I'll be watching them. Bigtime.