THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: How Will the Kremlin Vote?

The Presidency

All over Washington last week the foreign embassies were studying the election polls with the same intensity as Chicago's Mayor Jane Byrne. Those faceless analysts in the lower reaches of diplomacy manned the phones looking for clues about the next U.S. President. One Communist newsman hurried to the office of an American counterpart and traded electoral theories on Reagan and Carter for an hour, left a little vodka in appreciation, then undoubtedly dashed back to his embassy to file a report behind the Iron Curtain.

What is making this city nervous in these waning days of the campaign is that the...

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