POLITICS: It's a Clash of the Clans

Suddenly they are everywhere, a blitzkrieg of attractive and affable—and politically acute—wives and sons and daughters-in-law, plus an occasional daughter, brother or aunt, all barnstorming the country like seasoned pros, living out of suitcases, up at 5:30 a.m. and to bed at midnight, addressing the local Kiwanis Club and staging rousing rallies in shopping centers, the gallant families of Jimmy Carter and Jerry Ford, doing their bit to win the election for dear old Dad.

While the propriety of using one's kith and kin in such a fashion can be debated (see...