The June 30, 2004 “ABC’S THE NOTE,” writes this (among much more):
“Here are the big dirty little secrets about the election, all guaranteed to be true and (almost) all guaranteed to make every one of our sources angry.
“1. Whoever wins the electoral votes of 2 out of 3 (or 3 out of 3) of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida will be the next president of the United States.
“2. By keeping his physical and psychic distance, John Kerry has fostered less Stockholm Syndrome among his regular traveling press corps than any Democratic presidential candidate since.. well ? since Al Gore. (Kerry’s ways make the relationship between Walter Mondale and Lee Kamlet look like that between John McCain and Tucker Carlson, if you know what we mean.)
“3. A lot of Democrats ? including some of the smartest ones we know ? look at the latest polling data and claim to think that the election is all but over.”