Laying Bets: W Will Win

Carl Remick carlremick at
Wed Aug 16 07:32:16 PDT 2000

> Carl Remick wrote:
> >But if there isn't a market crisis or some other October Surprise,
> >Bush will remain relatively more attractive to the voters, IMHO.
> >Gore is hopelessly didactic, which is pure poison to Americans.
> >Bush, of course, is anything but a smarty-pants; he radiates
> >intellectual mediocrity, and US voters tend to find that quite
> >engaging.
> So how do you explain Clinton's 60% approval rating. Whatever the
> guy's faults, stupidity isn't among them.
> Doug

Clinton doesn't have that de-haut-en-bas quality that seems hard-wired into Gore's personality. For his part, W doesn't seem at all afflicted with the Eastern effeteness that burdened his old man. Probably the shrewdest thing the Bushes ever did was to anticipate Kevin Phillips' wonder-working Sun Belt strategy by several decades and relocate to Texas to raise their family; in consequence, W effuses politically invaluable good-ol'-boyness today.


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