As Al Gore labors to be seen as a man of the people, the candidate's demeanor continues to strike some voters as annoyingly confident. "He's like the kid in school you wanted to beat up because he knows all the answers," Tom Coveney, a 42-year-old Massachusetts banker, told The New York Times after the first October debate.
As the nation begins to consider electoral reforms designed to
prevent another Florida fiasco, a special challenge is in store for
journalists. A story line is already developing that new technology will
solve the kind of vote-counting problems that marred the presidential
election. And when it comes to new technology, look out: The very words
seem to bring out the gullibility of even the best reporters.