The Miami Herald
We have seen the future. It looks an awful lot like the past. The year 1996, to be exact. George W. Bush won on Super Tuesday, "from sea to shining sea". But the exit polls must have given Bush the bicoastal blues. New York and California show signs of trouble of the type that doomed his dear old dad. And Bob Dole, too. The wonder is how his campaign dug itself down so far, so fast. Nothing the Texas governor did in the primaries helped him with anybody but conservative Republicans who never strayed from their party. Bush has to find a way to woo voters previously seduced by Clinton. You have to wonder, too, how long the pundits will keep jabbering about Reagan Democrats, when what they should be talking about now is the Clinton coalition. It still was going strong on Super Tuesday. And voting for Anybody-but-Bush.
Dallas Morning News
Vice President Al Gore also swept through a slew of Southern Democratic primaries Tuesday with strong support. Believe it or not, he and Gov Bush have already moved into a general election race. Bush and Gore strategists plan to have their "principals" competing for attention every day until the fall campaign begins. Of course, voters may grow weary before September finally arrives. The campaigns should think seriously about election fatigue. The Saturday Night Live crowd and the late-night television comedians are already starting to rip into them, which probably does not help either Mr Bush or Mr Gore.
Americans have demonstrated they don't care much about campaign- finance reform. John McCain hoped to ride the issue from a victory in the New Hampshire primary straight into the White House, but got thrown on Super Tuesday. Bill Bradley never even managed to mount up. …