There are just a few minor differences between Perot and Buchanan that will keep that from happening. Perot is a political outsider, rich but still a relative unknown to the voting public (much moreso in his first go around), and a little kooky but viewed as relatively harmless and therefore likable.
Buchanan is widely viewed as a total nutjob (his newest book for example). His views meander the entire spectrum (pro-union, isolationist, anti-abortion, etc) so he holds particular views that may appeal to both sides of the aisle, but the way he pushes his views make the package appealing to few. Current polling puts him around 5%, pulling 4 from Bush, 1 from Gore. That would still leave Bush as the elected one (which is A-OK with me).
But, I gotta think that in the long run David B is right with his analysis of what will unfold for Buchanan.
Well, shut my mouth. It’s also illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purposes of gambling.