Editorial: It's all Watergate under the bridge

While the focus of attention in the election has been diverted to lawyers, the battle for the Presidency is clearly a PR issue, and it will likely be decided by popular sentiment more than chads and recounts.

While the focus of attention in the election has been diverted to lawyers, the battle for the Presidency is clearly a PR issue, and it will likely be decided by popular sentiment more than chads and recounts.

While the focus of attention in the election has been diverted to lawyers, the battle for the Presidency is clearly a PR issue, and it will likely be decided by popular sentiment more than chads and recounts.

The presumption of a Bush victory, in leaking details of his cabinet, was a masterstroke. But Bush has certainly not covered himself in statesman-like glory. Despite trying to distance himself from a lawsuit by the Republicans to stop a manual count, it's obvious to all that in bringing honor and dignity back to the White House, Bush should support a fair process. And nor has he been helped by the barroom-brawler demeanor of spokesperson Karen Hughes, whose aggression is unbecoming of a future chief of staff/press secretary.

Then there's Gore. He too has tried to distance himself from the politics surrounding the legal squabble. Many believe, however, that in not conceding defeat, he is being seen as a sore loser. Pundits point to Nixon's magnanimous concession of defeat at the 1960 election. Then again, Nixon wasn't such a great loser, was he?



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