Smelling the Big Kill

The fall campaign kicks off with Reagan rolling and Mondale limping

Open with the upbeat scene of Ronald Reagan standing tall in bright California sunshine before almost 50,000 true believers. Balloons float, flags wave, optimism abounds. "You ain't seen nothing yet," declares the President. "Four more years!" the crowd roars. "You talked me into it!" chortles Reagan, pink cheeks glowing, head bobbing happily.

Cut to the downbeat shot of Walter Mondale and Running Mate Geraldine Ferraro trudging down New York City streets that are almost eerily empty. Smiles fixed, they wave energetically at no...

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