|Are the Priuses really that bad?
OT, but I love mine. We can go 80 on the freeway, I've never tried to see how fast it can go though. As far as luggage space, it's a hatchback and the seats fold down, so while there's less volume than my old car (think big-grandma-car-with-huge-trunk), you can actually fit more stuff in it because there's less weird angles.
Some of the Prius drivers go slower on the freeway because you get a realtime view of your gas mileage. It causes you to start trying to push the limit on the mileage, and some people will drive 55 all the time just so they can say they got 58 mpg on that tank. I turn off that display on the freeway. On a long trip, I'm willing to get "only" 53 mpg if it means I'm driving 70.
I have to admit, I leave it on for city driving, which must annoy the hell out of my fellow drivers. I coast up to stoplights and creep out when the light turns green, but then I go fast and pass people on long straightaways...it makes a huge difference on my mileage.
Back on topic, I don't think Gore III is going to have any outcome on the elections, especially since his dad isn't running and the Bush daughters have done things just as bad. Sounds like the kid really needs some serious therapy though. I read he went into rehab once before for a more minor offense. Apparently it didn't do the trick. I sure know if it was my kid, I'd suggest that the judge should have him spend a couple months in jail to sober up.