THE PEOPLE: Running Against Washington

Politicians accustomed to swimming in the relatively predictable shallows of the American voter's mood must now be thinking of it as a kind of Loch Ness. This year something is down there. Something unexamined, a different psychological species. An ancient coelacanth of conservatism? Or some entirely new breed? In this volatile, often surprising primary season, one thing is clear: there has been a fairly fundamental change in the way that Americans look at their leaders and Government.

The theme of repudiation runs strong—rejection of old faces and old methods. Many, if not...

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