A recent widely noted New York Times article recounted the many difficulties that Democrats are having getting their preferred candidates to run in key races in 2002. Many prospective candidates are backing off from running because they believe that the current war against terrorism will make it too hard to run a strong campaign. The upsurge in national unity and patriotism, it is thought, will lead most voters to favor the incumbent party and look askance at challengers.
How important are tax cuts? Judging from the campaigns of the major presidential candidates, you'd think they were pretty important. Republican George W. Bush has made a huge, broad-based tax cut--$483 billion over five years, as much as $1.7 trillion over 10 years--a centerpiece, if not the centerpiece, of his campaign. And even Democrat Al Gore has called for $350 billion in tax cuts (over 10 years), including everything from a reduction in the "marriage penalty" to targeted tax incentives in areas like education and retirement.
After trailing for almost all of the last six weeks before the election, Al Gore wound up the victor in the popular vote on November 7, nosing out George W. Bush 48.6 percent to 48.3 percent. Where did all these Gore voters come from?
ecently released data from the Bureau of the Census now reveal a
picture of the voting public in 1996 that is substantially different from the
one that was available immediately after the election. Initially, analysts
believed the electorate was dominated by upscale, college-educated voters. The
census data show that view was wrong and suggest that political strategies based
on that perception may not work.