I hope you weren't responding to me, because that's in no way a coherent response to my post. I didn't blame Dukakis for anything, Boston Harbor was a major issue for the Republicans in 1988, they ran ads on it and did blame Dukakis. I'm just saying that the national attention it received may have resulted in a backlash in MA.
It's a possibility. The south, especially TX, drag the national white vote down for Dems a bit. Bush only won white women by 1 point, and within the margin of error, according to exit polls for 2000. So Gore probably won them outside the south. Clinton definitely has a chance against Christie.