The timing of Gore's planned endorsement of Howard Dean (to be announced this evening) is impeccable.
I read about the endorsement just minutes after my last post about the need for Democrats to rally behind Dean as soon as possible for the best chance to beat Bush in 2004.
By all accounts we were about to head into a bitter and divisive primary season. The rest of the field would throw increasingly desperate invective at Dean to try to knock him down a few notches. Most likely Dean would survive, but the bitterness would linger and the writers of Republican attack ads would be granted a legion of new anti-Dean sound bites.
Gore's timing is so good because his endorsement now could shut down the Democrat-on-Democrat death match before it even starts.