The Nation: Fish Fry and Barbecue

Into the hardest campaigners' lives a little fun must fall, and last week two of the three presidential candidates took a private rest down home with just a few hundred intimate friends and reporters. Jimmy Carter invited more than 100 kinsmen, journalists and neighbors to a back-country fish fry at his mother's Scandinavian-modern house in the dark slash-pine woods near his peanut fields in sweltering Plains, Ga. The homey cookout was called partly to ease an ecological imbalance in the family pond. As often happens in politics and ponds, the larger fish were...

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