If you believe in historical parallels in politics, San Francisco Democratic consultant Paul Ambrosino argues that the 1988 Democratic presidential race looks a lot like 1976.
--"Mario Cuomo is Hubert Humphrey," Ambrosino said. "Humphrey never got in the race in '76 but said he would not rule out a draft at the convention."
--Jackson is former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace this time: "a populist message and a base of angry voters."
--Simon is the 1988 version of Arizona Rep. Morris K. Udall: "Both are thoughtful liberals, very popular with the press, everybody's second choice."
--Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt is 1988's Birch Bayh, the former senator from Indiana: "They're the bland Midwesterners."
--What about Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis? "He's Scoop Jackson," argues Ambrosino, referring to the late Washington Sen. Henry M. Jackson. "Scoop had all the money but couldn't win."