hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002

I like Clinton and Gore too, though I like Gore more.
BTW, Gore is also a last-minute person, strange for
someone reputed to be so disciplined.

I think another important factor in 2000 was that the
media was in the tank for Bush, especially on the
character non-issues of "Buddhist Temple" and Gore's a
liar" . Of course you could argue this media bias was
caused by the media's contempt for Clinton, but its
kind of convoluted to hold Clinton responsible for the
media's whorishness.

Bottom-line: If Gore had run a better campaign he
could have won, but if conditions had been so
favorable for Democrats then they should have regained
the House. And (have you noticed?) they didn't.

Re: 2004, it strikes me that Bush simply could not
beat Gephardt. flat impossible. So I was surprised
when you dissed his chances.