Well, it's what a lot of the Democratic base wants to hear. Gore could easily believe that he lost the 2000 election because he did not run far enough to the left. He lost several states by margins that were smaller than Ralph Nader's vote count.
My own sense is that he is wrong about this. I think the 2000 election was played very close to the knife's edge, right where the public breaks between left and right. Had Gore moved left, or Bush right, either of them would have lost more than he gained.
In any case, approaching the 2004 primaries, Gore will want to be farther to the left than he will be for the general election. This is another game that has been long-played in politics, but which is going to become harder as it becomes easier for ordinary voters to see how candidates change their positions over time. Those who are blatant panderers -- and Gore is certainly that -- stand to be identified as such by a much larger number of voters.
I think Democrats in general are still struggling to understand how to operate in the new media environment. They are used to having pretty much the entire news dissemination machinery in the United States pulling for them and cheering them on, even to the point of 'managing the news' on their behalf.
This piece from Reuters is a perfect example of the kind of heavily-slanted news coverage that Democrats have come to rely on. They still get it, but now it's not the only thing out there, and that changes the game in ways they don't understand yet. They cannot count on the public being fed a steady diet of pro-Democratic slant from every nook and cranny in the media. The ability of a Clinton to blatantly lie, and to have the entire media establishment go along with it 'for the cause,' is gone.
The pro-Democratic slant will still come pouring out of the usual places, but increasing numbers of Americans are getting their news elsewhere, so these ideological jihads that the press and the Democrats used to wage together are no longer so effective. I don't think Gore understands that yet. He's doing everything right to win the game as it was played in 1990. I suspect he will be quite baffled by what is about to happen to him.