Publishers: The Eagle & the Chickens

When George Romney made his first political trip to New Hampshire last July, the Manchester Union Leader greeted him with a frontpage editorial headlined: GEORGE ROMNEY CAN'T AND SHOULDN'T WIN. The editorial went on to quote an unnamed corporation president as saying, "Romney is one of the meanest men I ever had anything to do with." That was just the beginning. One editorial after another flayed Romney for "letting down the boys in Viet Nam," for acting like a "desperate demagogue," for not being born in the U.S. Complained the paper: "It...

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