RIDING THE BACKLASH

WILL THE TRIAL'S FALLOUT HELP OR HINDER COLIN AND THE CANDIDATES?

AT 1 P.M. LAST TUESDAY, RETIRED General Colin Powell was dutifully signing books at a Wal-Mart in suburban Fort Worth when he noticed that the line of eager buyers appeared distracted. He was nonplussed, like a sergeant whose troops had fallen out without an order to do so. For a long moment in that cavernous mall in Texas, Powell seemed to be the only person in America who was unaware of what was happening in a courtroom in Los Angeles.

The O.J. Simpson verdict last week not only overshadowed Powell's barnstorming will-he-or-won't-he book tour but also distracted national attention from the...

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