Poised for the Big Move Up

In the Mondale camp, there is hope that the worst is past

Call it fantasy, wishful thinking, whistling in a graveyard. But Walter Mondale and his planners believe that the Democratic nominee has passed the low point of his presidential campaign and is poised to move up. One or two less self-interested observers suspect that they just might be right.

The most visible signs, to be sure, point in the opposite direction. Polls have never looked gloomier for Democrats: a national survey by NBC News, published last week, showed Ronald Reagan leading Mondale by...

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