Have you seen the latest Gallup Poll, the one that shows Al Gore turning the election upside down with his mind-boggling "bounce" from the Democratic National Convention?

This is a poll that previously had given George W. Bush a double-digit lead over Gore in the presidential race. But it now puts Gore ahead of Bush, 47 percent to 46 percent — although the one-point difference is well within the poll's 5 percentage-point margin of error.

Evidently, the Democrats' convention and Gore's closing-night speech had voters all across America leaping from their easy chairs and exclaiming, "This guy Gore is phantasmagorical!"

What do these post-convention poll numbers mean?

Nobody knows.

But there is something we do know. Something happened during the Democratic convention that caused Gore's popularity with female voters to go through the roof.

What ignited Gore's startling surge of popularity among women?We all know what it was: The Kiss.

It happened more than a week ago, but just about everybody is still talking about it.

The Kiss: Gore sprints into the convention hall, throws his arms around adoring wife Tipper and delivers a three-second (seemed like 30) smooch right on her eager lips. Women from coast to coast had the exact same thought about Gore: "Now that's the kind of man we need leading America."

Say hello to a new political phenomenon: the kissing gap.

Bill Thompson is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Readers may write to: 400 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.