The Washington Times
First, it looked like the Democratic presidential nomination was all sewn up, the GOP field wide open. Al Gore was heir apparent, the Republicans uncertain where to go after their 1996 loss. Then it looked like the GOP nomination was all sewn up, thanks to the canny front-porch campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, while the Democratic nomination was up for grabs. Then it looked like both the front-runners might be in trouble -thanks to Bill Bradley’s appeal among Democrats looking for a vessel into which to pour their various grievances over the Clinton-Gore years, and thanks to Mr. Bush’s singularly weak debut on the campaign trail, which instantly elevated the stature of his principal rival, John McCain.