NEWSWATCH: Obsessed by the Future

Those dread words New Hampshire are surfacing in the political columns again. Already. In the hot sun, long before the winter snows, Columnist Robert Novak of the team of Evans and Novak has been following George Bush around the state, busy making less ("It is doubtful he was seen by more than 100 registered Republican voters") sound like more (". . . could set the foundation for an upset transforming Republican politics in 1980").

A tone of heavy journalistic irony usually suffuses such coverage, as if the reporter, by suggesting that Bush's dozen trips to New Hampshire so far this year...

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