Nation: A Cattle Show in Florida

Much ado about nothing under the Kissimmee sun

Whether they are called beauty contests or cattle shows, they are silly, exhausting and largely pointless, and everyone knows it, especially the candidates who have to go along with the foolishness, or risk offending a group of voters, or let a rival get a step on them. Thus the presidential candidates have already suffered through a series of mock votes and straw polls of one kind or another. The latest was a "convention " thought up by an advertising man to steal a beat on the...

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