This comes from a Howard Fineman story in Newsweek:
“With almost audible sighs of relief, some top people who worked for Al Gore privately tell me they are glad (relieved) that George Bush – not Bill Clinton’s veep – is in the White House now. The reasons are complex. First, it’s fair to say that Bush’s performance since Black Tuesday has impressed Democrats. Strategists also have realized that Bush has far more political room to maneuver at home than Gore would have had. With his reasonably good ties to the pro-military wing of his party, the president has been able to both talk tough and take his time. His coalition-building and noose-tightening has impressed the Democrats, too.”
Weird. Here’s the article.