Pat Moynihan apparently thinks so – the retiring New York senator endorsed Bradley on Thursday, saying Gore was a good man but "can’t be elected." (A sharp-tongued Gore aide said of the endorsement, "I'm sure President Bob Kerrey appreciated his support in 1992.") Yet the same famously maverick New Hampshirites who prefer Bradley don’t seem to agree – 49 percent give Gore a better shot to beat Bush, 38 percent would lay down on Dollar Bill. (That spread widens to 59-34 nationwide.) The numbers back up Bradley’s natural advantages; in New Hampshire and nationwide, more think he’s "not a typical politician," more think Gore is "too close to Clinton," and more, in New Hampshire at least, would rather have Bradley over for dinner. (For Democrats nationwide, Gore somehow wins this one.)
Bradley admitted to Moynihan that as a Democrat he’s "up against an establishment" that favors Gore, but Bill knows that the mediaestablishment covers New Hampshire as if it were the Oracle of Delphi. If it’s only publicity he needs (30 percent of Democrats nationwide are "unfamiliar" with Bradley, as opposed to only 5 percent for Gore), the immediate vicinity of the media elite is a great place to start.