At the start of each party's convention this year, a study was released charging the media have favored George W. Bush over Al Gore so far in Campaign 2000. In each case, the same press, which ignore any study, finding or poll suggesting a liberal bias, jumped all over the results.
Attempting to prove -- once and for all -- that he is (BEGIN ITALICS)not(END ITALICS) a space alien, Vice President Al Gore gave his wife a violent, mashing kiss before beginning his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Gay rights activists this week took aim against that grave threat to their life, liberties and pursuit of happiness ... the Boy Scouts. The protests planned for 21 states around the country were sparsely attended, but the sanctimonious self-righteousness of the participants was undaunted:
Media pundits seem fascinated by the "bounce" in the polls that Vice President Al Gore got after his speech to the Democrats' convention. What should really be getting their attention is the reason for the success of his speech -- and what that says, not about Al Gore, but about the American public.
Conservatives have been at the forefront of defending Microsoft's intellectual property rights, but are reluctant to criticize Napster for fear of seeming anti-technology and pro-government. Don't be intimidated by the cyber-mob. Napster is about freeloading, not freedom.
When Vice President Al Gore announced that Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., was his running mate, many people applauded. Lieberman, an honorable man, was seen as a refreshing choice that just might help voters forget the immorality and corruption emblematic of the Clinton-Gore administration.
Much of Al Gore's acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention was devoted to class warfare. It was all about the rich versus the poor and the powerful against the powerless. Gore, needless to say, portrayed George W. Bush as the protector of the former and himself as the champion of the latter.
Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton not only took sole credit for today's splendid economy in their speeches last week at the Democratic National Convention, but they also boasted that the Clinton-Gore "new economic strategy" saved the nation from economic disaster.
Al Gore is enjoying a post-convention bounce. But there may be less there than meets the eye. Presidential candidates always get a lift in the polls after a convention -- all of the news attention, the chatter and possibly even some of the speeches goose the man's popularity for a week or two.
It's like a GOP convention because party handlers are trying to put a positive spin on the candidate's youthful years -- only different because the Republicans tried to make George W. Bush's college years seem to be less fun-filled.
Joe Lieberman's integrity did not last long. Barely a week after he was picked for the Democratic ticket, the Connecticut senator had renounced most of the positions that made him an interesting choice. By the time you read this, he may have given up the rest.
With less than five months until the ethnic cleansing begins (as the media views George Bush's imminent swearing in next January), the media have gone into full battle mode. There is not even a pretense of objectivity anymore. The adversary press has entered full-throttle Gore campaign mode.
One of the hottest issues in economics today is something with the odd name of NAIRU, which stands for non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment. The idea behind NAIRU is that there is a level of unemployment that is consistent with stable inflation.
Heavy hitters in the Democratic Party who prayed for Al Gore's acceptance speech to retrieve a failed convention got the bad news Thursday afternoon. In a few hours, the presidential nominee would deliver a "laundry list" of policy initiatives. That accurately forecast an imitation state-of-the-union address, devoid of political poetry.
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