The Losses Keep Mounting

Michael and Kitty Dukakis suffer a nightmare year

Michael and Kitty Dukakis have in a year experienced an extraordinary fall from grace. Sixteen months ago, they stood, a charmed political pair, before a roaring Democratic Convention. Today they struggle to hold together their public and private lives.

In Massachusetts, Dukakis has become an object of political scorn. The Governor who boasted repeatedly during the 1988 presidential campaign of balancing ten budgets in a row is drowning in red ink. His credibility is shot. Legislators he once controlled dismiss him as irrelevant. Rarely has a lustrous reputation sunk so far so fast.

Last week, just a day before the anniversary...

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