Thursday evening Al Gore will accept the Democratic nomination for president. Last summer, David Plotz filed this dispatch from Gore's campaign kickoff in Carthage, Tenn. Throughout the campaign, Jacob Weisberg has examined Gore's policy proposals—including Social Security reform , campaign-finance reform, education policy, and foreign policy. To read Weisberg's review of Inventing Al Gore, click here. To read Paul Krugman's deconstruction of Earth in the Balance, click here.