The wretched George Will actually had a good (well, accurate) point about Lieberman's attractiveness to the clapped-out Gore Democrats: Bush's selection of Cheney, the former defense secretary, brings up the glory days of the Gulf War; Lieberman is one of only 10 Democrats in the Senate who voted for the use of force against Saddam Hussein. (Gore of course was another, while 45 voted no.)
Also, the following item was in Sam Smith's newsletter last week (I haven't seen the original): "BLOOMBERG: Political scientists who specialize in statistical studies of elections are almost unanimous: Al Gore is a shoo-in to win in November. This may come as a surprise to those who read public opinion polls ... Yet academic models based on past elections, which factor in economic variables such as inflation and the gross domestic product, see Gore winning, largely on the strength of the economy."
C. G. Estabrook