The Tortoise Is Stirring

By early December of 1987, Dick Gephardt had been stumping Iowa for two years. He had visited all 99 counties--and his first campaign for the presidency seemed a total bust. He was in last place in the polls, having once been first. He had literally lost his voice. I remember him sipping boiled water laced with lemon and honey as he trudged door-to-door in the snow. "People were telling me, 'I know I promised to support you, but I think I made a mistake,'" the Congressman told me, with a laugh, over turkey sandwiches in his Iowa campaign office last Friday....

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