WEST GERMANY: Two Helmuts Head to Head

"Possessed by Caesarmania" and "obsessed with power." That is how Christian Democrat Helmut Kohl has recently been castigating Social Democratic Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. One Social Democratic retort, fired off by Party Chairman Willy Brandt, is that the Christian Democrats are "oozing arrogance and stupidity with their upper-class attitudes." Schmidt, whose sharp tongue long ago earned him the nickname "the Lip," contemptuously refers to Kohl, who is Minister-President (governor) of the Rhineland-Palatinate, as "the Minister-President of where?"

This mudslinging has typified the West German election campaign, now in its final...