AMERICANA: No Show: No Shows

When Jimmy Carter breezed into Clinton, Mass., on March 16 for an honest-to-goodness staged New England town meeting, more than half of the town's 7,400 registered voters scrambled for tickets and a place under national television lights. Now that the President is more concerned with the global village, the real Clinton has stood up. Early last week the genuine town meeting was scheduled to discuss, among other items, Clinton's $6.5 million budget. The attendance: 268. Police beat the streets in an effort to flush out enough folks to reach the total of 300 needed for a quorum. No luck.

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