DEMOCRATS: How Populist Is Carter?

Suddenly both Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan were encouraging themselves with visions of Jimmy Carter's vulnerability. All through the primaries, Carter had appeared ideologically elusive, so mixing liberal and conservative signals that the net effect was an image of enigmatic moderation, veiled by a scrim of "decency" and "love."

Now, at last, Carter seemed to have come out into the open. He chose a running mate, Senator Walter Mondale, who has a 94% approval rating from the Americans for Democratic Action, an apparent liberal's liberal. At the Democratic Convention, Carter delivered an...

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