Nation: The Man Who Wasn't There

While the G.O.P. met, its prodigal son was chasing votes abroad

As his old colleagues cavorted in Detroit, Independent Presidential Candidate John Anderson was off on the modern political version of the grand tour. His aim: to show the folks back home that foreign leaders take his candidacy seriously—and to make a little contrapuntal publicity when he could. Visiting five nations in twelve days, Anderson managed to create the image of bustling importance and organized pandemonium so necessary to a presidential candidacy.

The G.O.P. prodigal son's first stop was Israel. After praying at the Wailing Wall and meeting with recuperating Prime Minister...

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