The amazing thing isn't how close it was. The amazing thing is that Al Gore didn't win in a landslide. He's an incumbent with a booming economy during peacetime. On the basis of all historical precedent, Al Gore should have won without breaking a sweat. It should have been a cakewalk.
What's a four-letter word for spoiled rotten and above the law? "Diva." One of America's self-proclaimed divas, pop star and actress Whitney Houston, demonstrates how celebrity women exploit their fame and gender to escape responsibility for inexcusable conduct.
By appearance alone, no one would ever guess that next year I'll celebrate my 65th birthday. Going by this year's presidential campaign promises, simply by surviving 65 years I acquire the right to have my prescription drugs paid by younger Americans.
If a bio sheet is meant to be a human productivity report, skeptics might question Steve Allen's molecular structure. He created and hosted the "Tonight" show, created and starred in the critically-acclaimed "Steve Allen Comedy Hour," and created and hosted the PBS series, "Meeting of Minds."
If the election turns out the way I'm anticipating -- Republicans win the presidency and retain both Houses of Congress -- I think two factors will be at work, which will also interact after Nov. 7. So, let's look at the election for purposes of looking beyond it.
Johnnie Cochran is about to play the race card once again. The lawyer who used race so effectively in winning an acquittal for O.J. Simpson, despite overwhelming evidence of his client's guilt, has now jumped on the reparations bandwagon.
That great national authority on health care and on children, Hillary Rodham Clinton, owes it to her public to give her opinion on two current controversies in New York State. Does she support government-mandated medical treatment of children over the objections of their parents?
Media-watchers know that there are two main theories about press coverage of presidential campaigns. The cyclical theory holds that reporters tend to blow hot and cold on both candidates, always gang-tackling the one who is ahead and propping up the one behind, thus adding excitement to the race.
"The Exit Interview," as it is headed, has Mr. Clinton answering questions that move in the direction he directs, at a momentum that suits him. It begins, "How has the presidency changed you?" and ends, "Do you agree with those who have said you used up a lot of your political capital to get through the impeachment period?"
George W. Bush was at the top of his form last Friday speaking to unusually boisterous, jam-packed rallies with a sense of victory in the air. But as the long day ended here, the Republican presidential candidate's team seemed rattled by a November surprise, even though it betrayed Democratic weakness.