Rushing to An Early Kickoff

The '88 campaign, the most wide open in decades, is under way

Dubuque's annual small-college basketball tournament is drawing some far-flung spectators this year. Delaware Senator Joe Biden and former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt, who have more on their mind than hoopsters, decided it was the place to be on Sunday. Others are likewise discovering the joys of Iowa in January. New York Congressman Jack Kemp was there twice last week, and former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont is going there this week to tell farmers how he plans to phase out commodity price supports, then heading to New Hampshire for his fifth visit in five months.

To most Americans, trucking desiccated Christmas...