W speaks

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Fri Aug 18 21:56:53 PDT 2000

C. G. Estabrook wrote:

>I thought "The top-secret, proprietary LBO election model" was predicting
>"Gore should win fairly big."

I haven't run the numbers yet, but yes, it seems likely; the inputs are Clinton's approval rating & the rise in real per capita disposable personal income. But Gore looks sort of doomed, doesn't he?

I notice a catastrophism slipping into a lot of left discourse. Gore Vidal, Alex Cockburn, John Gulick talking of the depression awaiting Clinton's successor. Katha Pollitt told me she doesn't see a left revival without a depression. What's that all about? People seem to be almost rooting for throwing 30 million out of work. Tight labor markets are good.


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