Election '82: No Thunder from the Right

The ultraconservatives miss the targets on their hit list

Two years ago, the National Conservative Political Action Committee was the scourge of the left, spending at least $1.2 million to help sweep away such liberal luminaries as Senators Frank Church, Birch Bayh, John Culver and George McGovern. Scenting total victory, NCPAC Chairman Terry Dolan immediately announced a 1982 hit list of 20 Senators, including such improbable targets as Pat Moynihan of New York and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. Political realities eventually shrank the list to five, but NCPAC still raised $10 million and spent $4.5 million in the 1982 elections. Yet last...

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