The Nation: Bumpers: Watch That Killer Smile

Unfashionable as it has become, the word charisma may have to be revived to describe Arkansas' new Senator Dale Bumpers, 49. He is so charismatic, in fact, that a lot of people, to their sorrow, have had trouble taking him seriously. "Dandy Dale" they have called him, "the man with one speech, a shoeshine and a smile." But the smile has turned out to be deadly for his opponents, who never quite knew what hit them, so disarming was the weapon. Today, Bumpers is considered the most promising politician in the South—a region that,...

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