THE PRESIDENCY: More to the Job Than Acting

The bizarre circumstances of this stage-door presidential campaign conspired to make Tuesday's television drama a climactic, winner-take-all event.

It is not only silly, it is dangerous. But the candidates themselves declared it would be vital—and the pollsters, and the journalists. No wonder Americans began to believe the reviews of how they were expected to respond. To hear some tell it, they were planning to pull up around the television set as if it were Oscar night in Hollywood and measure teeth, hair, voices, eyes and shapes, thus resolving months of indecision by observing 90 minutes of two-dimensional posturing.

It could work...

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