Charms and Maledictions

After Louisville, a national pageant takes on new possibilities

Searching for a street-level reading of the nation 's political mood, and the nuances of its shifts, Senior Writer Lance Morrow traveled with the Reagan and Mondale campaigns for 2½ weeks, before and after the presidential debate. His report:

The atrium of the Hyatt Regency in Louisville is a bright interior shaft that rises up 16 stories from the lobby-an impressive effect. It makes the inside of the hotel look Like a shopping mall that has ambitions to become a cathedral. Or, on the night...

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