The furor over finances costs the Democrats time and momentum
"Today is the first day of the rest of the campaign."
Geraldine Ferraro last Wednesday
The mixture of relief and elation evident in that comment was amply justified. Not quite 24 hours earlier, as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee prepared to answer questions about her own and her husband's taxes and finances, it was by no means certain that there would be any meaningful "rest of the campaign." But after Ferraro's bravura performance, the MONDALE-EAGLETON buttons that had sprouted on Republican lapels seemed an exercise...